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PQ wants to limit immigration to 35,000 arrivals per year

PQ wants to limit immigration to 35,000 arrivals per year

The Parti Québécois (PQ) wants to reduce the immigration limit to 35,000 new people per year. In addition, all of these people must have knowledge of French and have financial incentives to settle in the areas.

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Currently, the Legault government’s limit is 50,000 immigrants annually. However, Quebec has welcomed around 70,000 immigrants this year to hold the suspension of entries into the country due to the pandemic.

PQ leader Paul Saint-Pierre Plamondon questioned the widespread view that immigration is the solution to the labor shortage.

“It is factually incorrect and incorrect,” he said. When one consults with leading economists in the field […] There is little or no correlation between immigration limits and labor shortages”, affirms the leader, passing the increase in thresholds proposed by Liberals (70,000), Solidarity (80,000) or even maintained as required by the CAQ. Criticizes keeping.

This is because these newcomers are workers but also consumers, thereby increasing the need for services. In the context of the shortage of doctors, teachers and housing in Quebec, our reception capacity is diminishing, argues Mr. Saint-Pierre Plamondon.

in French

The 35,000 limit targets skilled workers, but also refugees. However, they will not be required to speak French.

For skilled workers, so there will be French tests, but customized according to the trade. The requirements for French education as a welder will not be the same, the party specifies.

“We are open, because sometimes there are jobs with very specific skills and the person does not speak French to finance the courses before arrival. We are ready for specific agreements.”


In area

The party wants to increase the share of newcomers to the area from 20 to 50%.

“Needs are dazzling, companies say ‘in the short term, I need reinforcement’ […] And we feel that integration does very well and does better than urban models that promote ghettoism by an ethnocultural group like the Toronto model,” he says.

To achieve this, it seeks to offer a fast track for immigrants who want to settle elsewhere than Montreal, fostering relationships with companies that need them and providing financial incentives.

For example, for a foreign student who completes her studies in Quebec and finds a job in the regions, the government may gradually reimburse her for tuition fees.

Furthermore, with respect to foreign students who are a little over 90,000 every year, they are too many to not master French according to Mr. Saint-Pierre Plamondon. The party therefore proposes to limit the available spaces for the latter. Thus, of all foreign students enrolled in Quebec universities, the proportion of those who do not know Molire’s language cannot exceed 20%.

more money

The plan also includes a 50% increase in integration resources from $120 million to $180 million. He wants a similar model with existing community organizations throughout Quebec, somewhat like the time of COFI (Centres d’Orientation et de Formation por les Apaignes).

With this budget it will also be possible to organize a Quebec reception.

“When we welcome people to Quebec, the message is: We are delighted that you are with us Quebecers, here is your flag, and we are now onboard to the democratic choices we will make together,” said Ms. St. Said- Pierre Plamondon.

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