Quebec Could Welcome Over 71,000 New Permanent Residents this year
Quebec plans on inviting roughly 71,000 new permanent residents in 2022, up more than 40% from the 50,285 last year. Quebec’s Immigration Minister Jean Boulet downplayed this year’s boost in an interview with the French-language Radio Canada television network.
According to the multi-year plan, the number of immigrants admitted is limited to 52,500 new permanent residents per year, said Boulet in French. However, in 2020, Quebec was unable to accept the 44,000 new permanent residents allowed on its plan. Instead, there were just 25,225 new permanent residents in Quebec that year (2020). The 18,775 permanent residence gaps have now been added to Quebec’s allotment for 2022.
The province is also expecting an increase in temporary foreign workers -from the roughly 30,000 who worked in the province last year-. “With the simplified applications and the addition of several occupations, trades that will benefit from fast-track processing for temporary immigration, there will certainly be more (temporary foreign workers in Quebec) to meet the demands of Quebec businesses,” said Boulet.
Quebec to recruit 3,000 temporary foreign workers
In April of this year, Quebec also announced the 2022-2023 program for Journées Québec, with the aim of recruiting some 3,000 temporary foreign workers until March 2023. This program offers an opportunity for foreign workers who are seeking employment in Québec. Moreover, jobs are available in many regions of Québec, and each region offers a lifestyle.
This time, the program has taken strategic priority sectors into consideration, such as:
- educational childcare, and
- information technology
According to the province news release, the 2022-2023 program is also evidence of the recruitment efforts of the Government of Quebec in Francophone countries and countries with an affinity for French to attract workers who will be able to more readily integrate into a French environment.
- Regulations for Quebec’s 2021-2022 immigration applications
- Quebec healthcare covers Children without legal status
- Bridging open work permits for some Quebec skilled workers
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