Immigration to Quebec - New Proposals for Reaching a Target of 52,500 -8th June, 2019

Immigration to Quebec
Quebec is presently pursuing a Three-year plan that will restore its immigration (Immigration to Quebec) level to 2018, after having a 20 percent slash in this year. The levels can reach 52,500 in 2022 in the new proposals set out by the provincial government on June 7th.  The effect is the increase of 10,500 fresh arrivals in Quebec from the maximum of 42,000. This will also mark the return to the immigration level that was achieved in October 2018. This was before the election of the new provincial government of Coalition Avenir Quebec.

The future course of action

The proposals will lead to public hearings regarding the immigration to begin from August 12. Quebec had the immigration levels of 53,084 in 2015 followed by 52,388 and 51,118, respectively. The CAQ had made a promise during the election and hence temporary reduced the immigration levels last year. There was a concern that the newcomers are not well integrated into the province.

The provincial proposals also stated that the reduction was required for revamping the integration programs/services. The foundations for the reforms are present but the policies and programs to enact them and achieve the goals are yet to take shape.

There will be a gradual increase of 3,000 or 4,000 in the new admissions every year in the future years to allow the state and civil society in providing the necessary tools to the immigrants for successful integration in the society.

The government is moving ahead

The government has an aim to achieve the immigration level in the range of 49,500 -52,500 by 2022. Also, 65 percent of these will be selected through economic immigration programs of Quebec in comparison to 59 percent in 2019.

Other proposals of the document are:

  • Favoring overseas workers as well as foreign nationals with a Québec degree once they meet the labor needs of the province and already live in Quebec in the capacity of temporary residents;
  • Giving skilled applicants training on top demand  jobs or also the validated job offer once they meet the short-term labor needs in Quebec;
  • Expediting the arrival of economic immigrants for responding quickly to meet the labor needs;
  • Supporting efforts of all the employers of all provincial regions in recruiting temporary overseas workers. Another aim is reducing any delay ahead of their arrival and  facilitating procedures to cater to the workforce requirements ;

Additional details

  • Promoting and selecting such immigrants who identify with its  democratic values ​​and also the values ​​of the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms;
  • Expanding the number of French-speaking adult immigrants through the expansion of access to French language training run  by the government;
  • Encouraging the permanent immigration of youths as a counter to the aging/declining population.

The immigration reforms are important and as per a study. Additionally, there is no evidence to support the view that a reduction in immigration will add to the integration.

A move to dismiss a backlog of 18,000 pending applications in its Quebec Skilled Worker Program as per the proposed legislation - Bill 9 faced a block through the Court Order in February.

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