Who Can Apply

To be eligible to apply under Ontario’s Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream, you must meet provincial and federal eligibility criteria. You will be assessed against both as part of the nomination process.

To qualify under Ontario’s Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream, you must:

  1. Have a valid profile in the Express Entry pool;
  2. Qualify for either the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) or the Canadian Experience Class (CEC); 
  3. Indicate an interest in immigrating to either Ontario or “All Provinces and Territories” when you create a profile in Express Entry; AND
  4. Have received a Notification of Interest from Ontario through your IRCC online account.

You will be asked to select which federal program(s) you would like to be assessed against for your application to the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).

Note: Receiving a Notification of Interest does not mean you qualify under the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream. Please consult the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Application Guide in order to ensure you meet both provincial and federal criteria.

Ontario's Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream Criteria

To be eligible to apply, you must meet the following provincial criteria:

  1. Work Experience:
  2. Education: Equivalent of a Canadian Bachelor’s degree or above;
  3. Language: 
    • A minimum of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB)
      • level 7 in French
      • level 6 in English
  4. Settlement Funds: A minimum level of savings or income to support you and your family members
  5. Intent: An intention to reside in Ontario.
  6. Legal Status in Canada (if applicable): Must have legal status in Canada (i.e., study permit, work permit, visitor record) if currently residing in Canada.

Note: Refugee claimants with a pending application to remain in Canada are not eligible to apply to OINP. Refugee claimants whose claim has been rejected, abandoned, or withdrawn must exit Canada prior to applying to OINP. Refugee claimants may only apply to OINP once they have left Canada. For more information related to refugee claimants, visit the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website.

For detailed information about the eligibility criteria, please refer to the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream Application Guide.

Important: Please refer to the Ontario Immigration Act, 2015 and its regulations for further details. To the extent that there is any discrepancy between this website and the Act and its regulations, the legislation takes precedence.

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