Obtaining a work permit from Canada while outside the country can be complex, requiring finding an employer willing to go through the a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) application process and cover associated fees.
However, there are programs that incentivize employers to hire French speakers.
Outside Québec: Francophone Mobility
The Francophone Mobility work permit stream facilitates hiring for Canadian employers without requiring a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). Individuals with a minimum CLB 5 proficiency in French, destined to live and work outside Quebec, can benefit from this program.
CLB 5 proficiency in French
$230 employer compliance fee
Offer of employment needed
Outside of Québec
Primary agriculture occupations
Québec: Facilitated LMIA Process
In Quebec, the facilitated LMIA process is applicable to a defined list of professions experiencing labor shortages in the province. Employers can avail of this streamlined process if the position falls within the specified list.