Quebec is set to admit nearly 42,000 new permanent residents. Moreover, it has an immigration plan to issue 24,800 selection certificates in 2019.
Focus on economic immigration programs
59 percent of these fresh admissions in the province in 2019 will come through economic immigration programs, which also includes the Quebec Skilled Worker Program
The overall admissions target of Quebec is 40,000 new permanent residents for 2019. There is a target of 23,450 for economic immigration programs, and 19,500 will be the skilled workers.
Business Immigration Programs
The 2019 target for Business Immigration Programs includes:
- Quebec Immigrant Investor Program,
- Quebec Entrepreneur Program
- Quebec Self-Employed Worker Program, totaling to 3,200.
- Other economic categories (like the caregivers and others) have a target of 750 admissions.
16,550 new permanent residents will arrive through, refugee category, family sponsorship
and by other immigration programs.
In terms of Quebec Selection Certificates (CSQs), Quebec has a plan to issue between 20,200 and 24,800 in 2019.
Additionally there is a Canada-Quebec Accord; where Quebec can select the majority of newcomers each year. Furthermore, it is the only province having such an arrangement with the federal government of the country. The persons who receive a CSQ can apply directly to the Canadian Government for a permanent residence visa.
The 2019 plan, seeks that around skilled workers will receive between 12,500 and 15,000 CSQs. It is more than half of the projections.
Candidates in the business program category will receive CSQs in the range of 2,100 to 2,800.
The projections regarding admissions and CSQs for the next year are reduced in comparison to the previous years. Additionally this reflects the promise made by the new Coalition Avenir Québec government for reducing the immigration levels by 10,000 people annually temporarily.
Simon Jolin-Barrette the new Immigration Minister of Quebec said that the temporary reduction will lead to better integration among the majority of the French-speaking province. Additionally it will also ensure that the employers have an access to skilled overseas workers.
During the provincial election, the Coalition’s promise for reducing immigration was held as a populist move which ignored the labor shortages in the outlying regions of Quebec.
The Prime Minister has a concern for the business owners about the shortage of labor. He also feels that this is not an ideal time for reducing the number of arrivals.
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