The new proposal introduced by the provincial government of Quebec on June 7, could see immigration levels in province of Quebec reach 52,500 new immigrants in 2022.
Quebec earlier targeted maximum 42,000 newcomers but with the introduction of the new proposal, it will get an increase of 10,500. This will mark the return to the immigration levels that was before the election of the province’s new Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ) government in October 2018. Between the years 2015 and 2018, immigration levels for the Quebec were 53,084, 52,388 & 51,118 respectively.
Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ) government reduction in immigration levels were part of their election promise that addresses the concern of new immigrants not being able to integrate into the French-speaking majority in the province.
Quebec’s Immigration Ministry (MIDI) published the proposal on Friday stating that the reduction was necessary in order to revamp the province’s integration programs and services. They said,” For this reason, we envisioned a gradual increase in the order of 3,000 to 4,000 new admissions per year (between 2020 and 2022) in order to allow both state and civil society actors to provide all immigrants to the province with the tools they need to successfully integrate into Quebec Society”
Government is targeting to achieve admission rate for immigrants of between 49,500 and 52,500 by 2022. Of these projected numbers 65 percent would be selected through Quebec’s economic-class immigration programs.
Some other proposals that were outlined in the new documents included:
- Favoring foreign workers and foreign nationals with a degree in Quebec who meet the province’s labor market needs and who are already living in the province as temporary residents
- Favoring skilled applicants with in-demand training or a validated job offer who match short-term labor market needs in the province
- Expediting arrival of economic-class immigrants in order to respond more quickly to Quebec’s labor needs
- Supporting efforts by employers in all regions of the province to recruit temporary foreign workers by reducing delays before their arrivals and to facilitate procedures to meet the needs of the workforce. Short-term work;
- Promoting the selection of immigrants who know Quebec’s democratic values and values enshrined in Quebec’s Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms
- Expanding the number of adults immigrants who speak French by expanding access to government-run French language training
- Encouraging the permanent immigration of young people to counter the province’s aging and declining population.