Express Entry to Award Additional Points to those with strong French Language Skills

Improvements to the Express Entry system taking effect today help support the integration of skilled workers as they build their new life in Canada. This benefits Canada as newcomers are able to more quickly put their skills to use to help strengthen and grow Canada’s economy.

Starting on June 6, new points will be awarded to candidates with siblings in Canada. Studies have shown that as newcomers build a new life in Canada, those with siblings benefit by having improved integration into Canadian society.

Other changes to the Express Entry system include points for candidates with strong French language skills, removing the requirement to register with Job Bank and a new approach to rank tied candidates in the Express Entry pool.

“I knew finding a job in Vancouver in architecture was not going to be a problem, with my background and especially having a degree from Canada.  Express Entry was the option I had to for if I wanted to stay in Canada,” Express Entry participant Miguel said.  Miguel is an architect.

Programs managed through the Express Entry system attract high-skilled foreign workers such as Miguel.  Former international students who want to live in Canada permanently and whose in-demand skills are needed by employers across the country to help build businesses and grow the economy are also invited to apply.