These changes are based on previous reforms Ottawa launched back
in 2014 and particular emphasis will be placed on welcoming new
immigrants into the Quebec job market.
Changes to Quebec's immigration law will involve a wide
range of issues that the Immigration Ministry has faced over the
years such as the number of immigrants welcomed annually, the
selection process and favoured countries of origin, the importance
of knowing French before arriving, French language courses, the
recognition of training undertaken abroad, and the sharing of
Minister Weil set discussions on these immigration reforms to
begin this Wednesday, January 28th, at the Quebec legislature. In
the next few weeks, fifty stakeholders will be participating in
various public consultation hearings. Later in the reform process,
specific attention will be placed on two important issues to Quebec
immigration - the number of immigrants Quebec wishes to welcome
annually and the countries of origins of these immigrants.
Another issue that will earn greater emphasis is gaining new
immigrants that specialize in industries that the Quebec workforce
needs. In doing so, Quebec will be looking to Ottawa for
inspiration as Ottawa worked on finding candidates to fill their
empty jobs last year. This is further inspired by the fact that
finding a job is one of the biggest challenges for new immigrants
in Quebec today. Minister Weil explained that "it remains a
huge frustration for people who come from other countries with
quality baggage and we have to find way a for people to
In order to achieve this, employers in various sectors in Quebec
will be asked to define their workforce needs and professional
associations will be asked to improve their recognition of
workers with foreign diplomas.
Ms. Weil also emphasized that the requirement that immigrants
have "an adequate level of French" prior to arriving to
Quebec will also be on the table in these reforms. Currently, upon
arriving to Quebec, almost half of all immigrants (43 percent) do
not speak French. Finally, placing immigrants in areas
outside of the greater Montreal area will also be a priority as
three out of four new immigrants currently settle in the greater
Following public discussions, a new immigration policy and
corresponding action plan will be produced this fall. Minister Weil
explained that this bill would aim to "modernize" the
current "really outdated" policies in place.
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