Quebec, a fast-growing province in Canada, is to admit over 40000 Permanent Residents in 2019. As quoted by CIC News, it could issue nearly 25000 selection certificates. This update is part of their new Immigration Plan for 2019.
59 percent of these new admissions will be made through the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP). The actual target for Canadian PR admissions is set at 42000. The province is targeting to welcome 23450 Overseas Immigrants through QSWP. 19500, out of them, will be skilled workers as per their criteria.
Quebec’s 2019 target includes accepting Canadian PR admissions through its Business Immigration Programs as well. It includes the following programs –
- Quebec Immigrant Investor Program
- Quebec Self-employed Worker Program
- Quebec Entrepreneur Program
The Canadian PR admissions target through these programs is set at 3200. 750 admissions are to be accepted through the Caregiver program. Quebec plans to accept admissions through family sponsorship as well. It is expecting to receive nearly 16550 Canadian PR admissions through these programs.
The province is planning to release at least 20200 Quebec Selection Certificates (CSQ) in 2019. Quebec has the sole responsibility for the admission and selection process. It is the only province in Canada with such an arrangement. Overseas Immigrants receiving the CSQ can apply for Canadian PR.
Skilled workers are to receive up to 15000 CSQs. Candidates through the Quebec Business Immigration Program will receive nearly 3000 invitations. The numbers have gone down from that of previous years.
The Quebec Government has confirmed that they have targeted to reduce the numbers. It would be reduced by 10000 people per year to curb Immigration rate. Simon Jolin-Barrette, Quebec’s Immigration Minister said it is a temporary initiative. This is to ensure that Permanent Residents are integrated well into the French-speaking culture.
However, this initiative has been strongly criticized because of a severe labor shortage in the province. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has agreed with it. He said business owners in Canada are concerned about the labor shortage. This might not be the best time to reduce Overseas Immigration rate, he concluded.
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