After immigrant from France fails French test, Quebec says it may tweak rules for tradespeople

April 10, 2021

By CTV News |

After a French man—from France—failed Quebec’s official French test, the province says it’s working on adjusting its testing for tradespeople.

Yohan Flaman, 39, said he was flabbergasted when he failed, in his first attempt at the immigration test, to prove proficiency in his own mother tongue.

Voila, I flunked, I flunked my test. It happens to everyone, to flunk a test,” he told CTV News.

“But I’m sure that for those who aren’t French, it’s difficult, no?”

He found certain questions “misleading,” he explained, suggesting the province might want to ease up a bit with the timed exam.

“I can’t understand how a Mexican, someone who comes from Mexico and who has never spoken French, could pass the test,” he said.

Flaman, a long-haul truck driver, later did pass. But his story, first reported by Le Devoir this week, has gotten picked up by media across Canada and even some international outlets.

On Wednesday, Quebec’s immigration department—officially named the Ministry of Immigration, Francisation and Integration—said it is rethinking how it approaches people working in various fields.

“Keeping in mind how difficult it can be to assess the level of French needed according to the candidate’s socio-professional profile, the [ministry] is currently carrying out work” on a set of “profiles” of the French needed for different trades and professions, spokesperson Arianne Méthot told CTV.

In other words, the province is looking at tailoring its language requirements to the jobs its potential immigrants want to do in Quebec.


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