Minister of Immigration, today announced that French-speaking and bilingual candidates will receive additional points under the Express Entry system. 

This change will help deliver on the government’s commitment to reach the target of 4.4% French-speaking immigrant admissions outside Quebec by 2023.

The change announced today will see the current number of points increase from 15 to 25 for French-speaking candidates and from 30 to 50 for bilingual candidates. 

Additional points system for Express Entry French Speaking Candidates were initially introuced in June 2017 to candidates with strong French language skills.

Changes as of October 20, 2020

You can get additional points for good French skills

If you score NCLC 7 or higher on all four French language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing), you will get

  • 25 additional points if you scored CLB 4 or lower in English (or you have not had an English test); or
  • 50 additional points if you scored CLB 5 or higher on all four English skills

This is in addition to points you get for official languages.