Immigrating to and settling in Ontario

If you speak French and want to settle in Ontario 

In Ontario, being able to speak French is a definite advantage in the job market, because many companies are looking for French-speaking and bilingual employees. According to Statistics Canada, there are about 600,000 people in Ontario who have French as their mother tongue – about 5% of the total population – and nearly 1.5 million Ontarians describe themselves as bilingual.

Immigrating with a visa: how to apply to immigrate to Ontario

If you want to immigrate to Canada, you must submit an application to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. You can apply for either permanent or temporary residence under a variety of immigration programs:

Immigrate to Canada - IRCC
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)
Express Entry
International Experience Canada
Francophone mobility

Find a job in Ontario

Additional information

Come to Canada — This tool from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is helpful for anyone who wants to immigrate to Canada, study in Canada or visit Canada as a tourist. If you want to come to Canada for any of these purposes, this tool will tell you what your options are and how to apply.  

Immigrate to Canada - Online guided tours — These guided tours provide information on the Immigration Ontario website, requirements and milestones for each immigration category.   

Canadian embassies, high commissions and consulates – List of offices outside Canada that are authorized to issue visas.

Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) – an independent tribunal responsible for hearing claims for refugee protection and immigration appeals.

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)  – The CBSA is responsible for border services at points of entry into Canada, as well as for Customs and for enforcing certain Canadian immigration laws.


If you are applying for a visitor visa, a study permit, a work permit or permanent residency, you must provide your fingerprints and a photo. Foreign residents who do not need a visa to come to Canada as tourists will require only an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).

Immigrating with a work contract under the Mobilité Francophone program

If you want to immigrate under the Mobilité Francophone program, we recommend that you find an employer who is ready to hire you, so that we can assist you with your plans to immigrate for work.
Download the form (PDF)

Also, we recommend that you update your resumé to meet Canadian expectations and thus maximize your chances of finding a job.

For this purpose, you can download our two model resumés (one chronological, the other functional) and our list of action verbs.  

Contact us
Planning to settle in Ontario? Need to understand the Ontario job market?

If so, contact our employability and immigration experts for help.

Success Stories
  • Mehdi Noureddine
    SÉO’s services were a great help to me in planning my job search as a newcomer to Canada.
    Mehdi Noureddine
  • Audric Zedong
    Long before I arrived in Canada, while I was still in Cameroon, my SÉO counsellor took wonderful care of me. She was dedicated and always there when I needed her. She and I went over everything that I needed to find a job and fit into Canadian society. The SÉO is like a big family. I can’t thank them enough, and I recommend them very highly
    Audric Zedong
  • Jean-Charles Tanzilli
    My husband and I benefitted from the SÉO’s services before and after we settled in Ottawa in July 2018.
    Jean-Charles Tanzilli
  • Kheireddine
    The SÉO provided us with a space where we were able to build the start of our first network of French-speaking contacts in Toronto.
  • Amina
    I want to thank the SÉO very much for all the support that you have given me. You deserve all the credit.
  • Laetitia Buret
    I appreciated how closely the SÉO agents listened to me, how much they made themselves available to me, and most of all, how they shared their own experiences with me: they have gone through the same steps successfully, which was very encouraging to hear.
    Laetitia Buret