According to the Quebec province’s immigration plan for 2023, which was Introduced by Quebec on December 8, 2022, up to 52,500 new permanent residents could be admitted in that year. The immigration strategy for 2022 has the exact same goal in mind.
In 2023, the province’s economic immigration initiatives, such as the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) and the Quebec Experience Program, will account for the majority of new admissions (PEQ).
The economic group, with a maximum objective of 33,900, accounts for the highest percentage of newcomers—more than 65% of anticipated admissions. The province anticipates accepting up to 29,500 qualified employees and up to 4,300 business immigrants, which would include investors, business owners, and independent contractors.
The remaining 18,100 new permanent residents are anticipated to come through various immigration programs for refugees, family reunification, and other groups.
The Immigration Department of Quebec presents its immigration strategy each year. The document specifies the categories in which the province will admit the amount of new permanent residents it plans to accept in the upcoming year. Plans have only been made public thus far that include goals for the upcoming year. However, a consultation will be held in 2023 after which the provinces will draught a multi-year plan that will start in 2024.
Focus on French-speaking Candidates
The Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) won a second term as the country’s governing party earlier this year with a solid majority, hence the 2023 plan remains quite close to the 2022 plan.
After lowering admission targets in 2019, the 2022 plan, developed under the direction of the current premier François Legault, sought to gradually raise the number of newcomers. The CAQ implemented a 20% cutoff that year to enhance the selection and francization of newcomers to Quebec.
The CAQ party’s protection of the French language in Quebec is one of its key tenets, and the new strategy emphasises choosing immigrants who are fluent in French. In 2023, 79% of economic immigrants and 66% of immigrants in general are expected to be fluent in French, according to the Ministry of Immigration, Francization, and Integration.
In 2023, 79% of economic immigrants and 66% of immigrants in general are expected to be fluent in French, according to the Ministry of Immigration, Francization, and Integration.
The issue of immigration in Quebec was heavily discussed during the provincial election this year. Legault pledged during his campaign to limit immigration to Quebec to 50,000 per year while in office. He claims that given the difficulty of integrating newcomers into Quebec society, particularly those who must acquire French, this is the highest number of immigrants that Quebec can support.
How to immigrate to Quebec
The federal and provincial governments must both approve any applicant for immigration to Quebec. Quebec selects skilled immigrants according to its own criteria and procedures and candidates must apply directly to the province through one of its immigration program.
If a candidate meets a program’s criteria and is selected by Quebec, they, and any accompanying family, will receive a Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ). The Ministry of Immigration, Francisation, and Integration of Quebec issuing this document.
After receiving a CSQ, a candidate must apply to IRCC for permanent residence and pass the required security, criminal background, and medical tests.