Quebec

  • CIC News is profiling Canada's various provincial nominee programs over the coming weeks
    Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program has grown exponentially since its creation in the 1990s and now stands second only to the federal Express Entry system as the leading pathway to Canadian permanent residence for skilled foreign workers.

    Recent weeks have seen nominee streams in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Nova Scotia issue more than 2,500 invitations to workers with a range of skills and professional experience to apply for a nomination for Canadian permanent residence.
    Quebec is the only Canadian province that does not take part in the PNP. It has a separate agreement with the federal government that gives it sole responsibility for the selection of economic-class immigrants.

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    Since the PNP’s first year in operation in 1996, when only 233 people were admitted to Canada through the program, it has evolved to the point where its admissions target for 2019 is 61,000.
    Looked at over the next three years, Canada could receive as many as 213,000 new permanent residents through the PNP alone.
    The reasons for this expansion are clear: Canada’s population is ageing, its birth rate is declining and labour shortages are expanding as a result. This trend is especially heightened in smaller provinces, which are also struggling with the loss of residents to other parts of Canada.

  • The new online portal for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program will only be available to users in September, the province’s Immigration Ministry says. Quebec’s Immigration Ministry, MIDI, said in a news release issued August 17 that the new portal, called Arrima, is undergoing final user experience tests and should be available in September.

  • The Quebec government has passed a contentious immigration bill in an early-morning vote of 62 ‎to 42.‎

  • The government of Quebec has released the 2013 list of areas of training for Quebec Skilled Worker Program. Those applicants planning to immigrate to Canada through Quebec Skilled Worker Program should contact us immediately to prepare their file before the limit is reached.

  • MoneySense's annual ranking of the best cities and towns for new immigrants to Canada has been updated for 2016, with various destinations across the country vying to be crowned number one. The ranking system looks at employment rates, rental costs and existing immigrant populations in communities across Canada.

  • 2016 list of eligible occupations for simplified treatment is established by Emploi-Québec in collaboration with the Quebec immigration Ministry according to the National Occupational Classification 2006. All occupations are considered to be high-paying positions.

  • Quebec plans to implement an online 'virtual waiting room' in time for the approaching application intake period for the Quebec skilled worker , which is scheduled to begin June 13, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. EST (Montréal time).

  • Quebec Entrepreneur program is one of the Quebec three business programs. As of April first, 2016 the immigration program was reopened with a limited cap of 50 applications. The next intake will start April 01, 2017.

  • By 2021, it is estimated that Quebec will have to find about 1 million skilled workers to fill the jobs and retirements. However, according to a document obtained by Le Devoir, 52% of applications for immigration of skilled workers were dismissed or denied from the beginning of the year and September 30, 2014.

  • International migration continued to drive Canadian population growth in the final quarter of 2017, accounting for nearly 70 percent of the increase seen during that three-month period, new Statistics Canada data reveal. The federal agency said international migration, which includes immigration, return emigration and net non-permanent residents, “remained the main driver of population growth” between October 1, 2017, and January 1, 2018.

  • Newfoundland and Quebec saw fastest participation rate growth between 2008 and 2018, Statistics Canada says

  • By 2023, 4.4% of all immigrants settling outside of Quebec would be French-speaking under a joint federal-provincial plan. A new joint action plan uniting Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments is aiming to raise the number of French-speaking immigrants who are settling outside of Quebec.

  • The bill  9was introduced today in the National Assembly.

  • Canada’s Immigration Minister, Ahmed Hussen, played up the positive impact of immigrants and refugees on the country and its economy in an address this week to international immigration experts gathered in the nation’s capital city, Ottawa.

  • Another disappointment for Quebec skilled worker applicant.

  • More than 91,000 immigration candidates have submitted expressions of interest through Quebec’s online Arrima portal since it opened last September — a six-month period dominated by the rise of the province’s new Coalition Avenir Québec government.   

  • The (QSWP) will reopen in under a week, with postal applications to be accepted from November 4, 2015. The QSWP is a popular Canadian immigration program, with successful applicants and their families obtaining Canadian permanent resident status.

  • The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal has called on the government of Quebec to increase the overall annual intake of immigrants to the province, from around 50,000 to 60,000. The recommendations were presented yesterday to the Committee on Citizen Relations as part of consultations on immigration planning in Quebec for the period 2017-2019.

  • Quebec’s Minister of Immigration Kathleen Weil has announced a new promotional campaign to encourage immigrant enrollment in French-language courses. The $750,000 initiative will focus on promoting courses through social media and community websites, as well as in newspapers, on the radio and on public transport. Ms Weil outlined the plan on Monday July 11.

  •  July, 2012-- Many Canadian immigration programs remain open, despite the Canadian government’s announcement that it will be taking a ‘temporary pause.