Quebec sets admissions target of 40,000 new permanent residents for 2019

CIC News
Published: December 5, 2018

Pour lire cet article en français, cliquez ici

Quebec could admit up to 42,000 new permanent residents and issue as many as 24,800 selection certificates in the new year, the province says in its new immigration plan for 2019.  

The majority of new admissions to Quebec in 2019 — 59 per cent — will come through the province's economic immigration programs, including the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP).

Quebec has set an overall admissions target of 40,000 new permanent residents for 2019. This includes a target of 23,450 for Quebec's economic immigration programs, including 19,500 skilled workers.

The province's 2019 target for its business immigration programs, which include the Quebec Immigrant Investor Program, Quebec Entrepreneur Program and the Quebec Self-Employed Worker Program, is set 3,200.

A target of 750 admissions is also set for "other economic categories" such as caregivers and others.

The remaining 16,550 new permanent residents are slated to arrive through family sponsorship, refugee and other immigration programs.

To find out if you are eligible for immigration to Quebec, complete a free assessment now.

In terms of Quebec Selection Certificates (Certificats de séléction du Québec, or CSQs), Quebec's plan calls for issuing between 20,200 and 24,800 next year.

Under the Canada-Quebec Accord, Quebec has sole responsibility for the selection of immigrants destined for the province, which makes it the only province in Canada with such an arrangement with Canada's federal government.

Those issued a CSQ can then apply directly to the Government of Canada for a permanent residence visa.

Under the 2019 plan, skilled workers will receive between 12,500 and 15,000 CSQs — more than half of the projected totals.

Candidates in Quebec's various business programs will receive between 2,100 and 2,800 CSQs.

The projected numbers of both admissions and CSQs for 2019 are down from previous years, and reflect a promise made by the new Coalition Avenir Québec government to reduce immigration levels by around 10,000 people per year on a temporary basis.

In his introduction to the 2019 plan, Quebec's new Immigration Minister, Simon Jolin-Barrette, said the temporary reduction will ensure that those who are admitted are better integrated into the majority French-speaking province, while ensuring employers continue to have access to skilled foreign workers.

During the fall provincial election, the Coalition Avenir Québec's promise to reduce immigration was criticized as a populist move that ignored the reality of mounting labour shortages in Quebec's outlying regions.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau echoed that concern on Tuesday.

"What I hear throughout Quebec is business owners [...] concerned about the shortage of labour," Trudeau told reporters.  "I'm not sure this is the best time to reduce the number of people coming."

Discover your Quebec immigration options by completing a free assessment form.

© 2018 CICNews All Rights Reserved

Share this article
Share your voice
Did you find this article helpful?
Thank you for your feedback.
Subscribe to our newsletter
Did you find this article helpful?
Please provide a response
Thank you for your helpful feedback
Please contact us if you would like to share additional feedback, have a question, or would like Canadian immigration assistance.
  • Do you need Canadian immigration assistance? Contact the Contact Cohen Immigration Law firm by completing our form
  • Send us your feedback or your non-legal assistance questions by emailing us at media@canadavisa.com
Related articles
Report: Canada is the 2nd happiest country among the G7
Happy multigenerational people having fun sitting on grass in a public park
Express Entry inviting Francophone candidates at a faster rate than Quebec’s Arrima
Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, an iconic and grand historic hotel, is a luxurious and enchanting destination in Quebec City, offering guests elegant accommodations and breathtaking views of the St. Lawrence River, making it a must-visit for tourists seeking a regal experience.
Where do most South Asians live in Canada?
A South Asian family in their living room
Study: Fewer recent immigrants are seeking Canadian citizenship
Young family with children having fun in nature on a picnic
Top Stories
10 frequently asked questions by visitors to Canada
Comparing rental costs across Canada
Where in Canada can I settle: applicants selected by province or territory vs by the federal government
Join our free newsletter. Get Canada's top immigration stories delivered to your inbox.
Subscribe
More in Provinces
Where in Canada can I settle: applicants selected by province or territory vs by the federal government
From front to back the flags represent British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brusnwick, Nova Scotia, Quebec and Ontario provinces.
British Columbia and Manitoba invite provincial nominees
A picture of a Canadian flatland with mountains in the back.
Ontario releases 2024 PNP allocation; Three provinces nominate candidates in latest draws
Ontario will invite 21,500 candidates to apply for provincial nomination in 2024
Three provinces invite candidates in latest PNP results
A snapshot of the Canadian wilderness.
Link copied to clipboard