Canada's Immigration System and the Power of French

Hello, dear readers! In this blog, we shall delve into the fascinating world of Canadian immigration and discover how learning French can significantly boost your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score to assist your Permanent Residency (PR) application.

Recent Developments

Since IRCC announced in May of this year to conduct draws for Express Entry (EE) based on a Category system, four draws have been exclusively for French language proficiency alone.


Draw type

Number of ITA

Minimum CRS

Sept 27

French language proficiency



Aug 2

French language proficiency



July 12

French language proficiency



July 7

French language proficiency




The Power of Bilingualism

Being bilingual in both English and French can provide a remarkable advantage. You can claim points for your proficiency in both languages, earning you even more CRS points. This is particularly appealing to the IRCC, as bilingual individuals are considered valuable contributors to Canadian society.

Increased Job Opportunities
Multiple job postings in Canada have knowledge of French as a mandatory requirement. Thus, being bilingual one will be able to use this skill for career growth.

Program-wise importance of French

1. Express Entry

The Express Entry is a point-based system that embodies 3 streams of Immigration Routes. However, entry via these routes requires a higher CRS score (Comprehensive Ranking Score). Achieving this can be accomplished, in part, by meeting language requirements.

Meeting the language requirements in both French and English not only elevates the CRS score but also enhances the likelihood of receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency.

2. Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs)

Canada's Provinces have their own Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) to address specific labour market needs. Many PNPs offer pathways that prioritize candidates with French language proficiency. The best example of this is the province of Quebec.

How to Boost Your CRS Score with French Proficiency

Now that we've established the importance of French proficiency, let's explore how you can enhance your language skills to maximize your CRS score:

Boosting Your CRS Score through French Proficiency

Having underscored the importance of French proficiency, let's delve into strategies for enhancing your language skills to maximize your CRS score:

Enroll in Language Courses: Consider enrolling in French language courses, whether through online platforms or in-person classes. Language schools and institutions provide tailored programs catering to various proficiency levels.

Online Resources: Utilize online resources like YouTube channels such as "Learn French With Alexa," "French Mornings with Elisa," "CCube Academy," "French Tweets" and more. Additionally, explore language learning apps and websites like Duolingo, Babbel, and Busuu. One can also utilise the Guide for learning French (credits Dr. Dolly Setia): here . This guide includes apps and books you can use for self-study.

Physical Classes: For those who thrive in a physical classroom environment, search for local French language classes to commence your language journey alongside like-minded peers. For example, Instructor in Montreal offering a special program targetting TR to PR policy for beginnersAlice La Flèche.

Language Tests: 

The IRCC recognizes 2 standardized language tests

1. Test d'évaluation de français (TEF) 

An internationally recognized benchmark test accepted by both IRCC and the Quebec Ministry of Immigration, Francization, and Integration. It awards 50 points, accessible to candidates worldwide.

2.  Test de connaissance du français (TCF) 

Recognized by IRCC and, since 2022, by the Ministry of Quebec, this 2-hour 45-minute test can be attempted multiple times, provided there is a 30-day gap between applications. ( stay tuned and we shall cover these tests in detail, soon)


Learning French in Canada is not just about improving your CRS score; it's about embracing the cultural richness of this nation. By becoming proficient in French, you not only enhance your PR application but also open doors to a myriad of opportunities and experiences in Canada.

So, dear readers, whether you're starting from scratch or honing your existing language skills, remember that your journey to Canadian PR can be significantly enriched by mastering the beautiful French language. Bonne chance (good luck) on your PR application journey, and may your bilingual dreams come true in the land of diversity and opportunity – Canada!

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