IRCC introduced additional points for French in the Express Entry
On October 27, 2020, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) introduced changes to Express Entry's Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) system. Effective immediately, candidates who have a CLB 7 level in French will get 25 points, up from 15 points before. In the case candidates scored CLB 7 in French and CLB 5 or higher in English, they will be awarded 50 points, an increase of 20 points. This means the importance of being bilingual has significantly improved for prospective immigrants to Canada. The Federal government adopted this policy in the course of implementation of the national commitment to reach a target of 4.4% Francophone immigrants outside Quebec by 2023. In the last 17 years, Canada admitted over 60,000 French-speaking immigrants outside Quebec. Last year, 8,465 Francophones were granted permanent residence outside Quebec.