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Quebec could admit up to 44,500 new permanent residents in 2020

Quebec could admit 44,500 new permanent residents and issue 24,700 new selection certificates in 2020, the province’s immigration ministry announced Wednesday. 

The majority of new admissions to Quebec in 2020 — 59 per cent — are expected to come through the province’s economic immigration programs, including the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP).

The province’s immigration ministry said its targets for 2020 respond to Quebec’s labour needs “while respecting its capacities for welcoming and integrating” the new arrivals.

The levels, which provide for an increase of 2,700 over its maximum of 41,800 newcomers this year, reflect the governing Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ)’s promise to progressively increase immigration levels to the province after reducing them by around 20 per cent.

The CAQ said the reduction was necessary to ensure new arrivals are properly integrated into Quebec’s majority French-speaking society and its labour market.

Quebec’s Immigration Minister, Simon Jolin-Barrette, said Wednesday that the province’s immigration level could return to above 50,000 — the level it was at when the CAQ won office in 2018 — by 2022.

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Maximum 22,000 skilled worker admissions in 2020

Quebec has set a range of between 25,500 and 26,300 new admissions for its economic immigration programs, including a maximum of 22,000 skilled workers.

The province has a maximum of 3,600 admissions for its business immigration programs, which include the Quebec Entrepreneur Program and the Quebec Self-Employed Worker Program.

A maximum of 700 admissions is also set for “other economic categories” such as caregivers and others.

The remaining 18,200 new permanent residents are slated to arrive through family sponsorship, refugee and other immigration programs.

2020 Quebec Selection Certificate targets

Under the provisions of the Canada-Quebec Accord, Quebec has the power to select all Economic Class immigrants and certain refugees to the province.

Those selected are awarded a Quebec Selection Certificate (Certificat de sélection du Québec, or CSQ) and can then apply to Canada’s federal government for a permanent residence visa.

Quebec says around 71 per cent of total admissions to the province should be selected by the province.

Quebec’s plan calls for issuing between 20,100 and 24,700 selection certificates in 2020 — slightly less than its plan for 2019, which had a range of 20,200 to 24,800.

The majority — up to 15,000 — would go to skilled worker candidates.

The selection certificate targets are as follows:

Category

2020 Selection certificate target

Skilled Workers  12,500 to 15,000
Business people  2,100 to 2,800
Other economic categories  600 to 800
Refugees (overseas)  4,500 to 5,500
Other immigrants  400 to 600

Quebec to impose a ‘values’ test for immigration candidates

Starting January 1, 2020, foreign nationals and their family members who wish to settle in Quebec will have to pass a test on democratic values and Quebec values as defined by the province’s Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms.

Information on the values test was published in the Government of Quebec’s Official Gazette today.

Candidates will have to “adequately answer” a minimum of 75 per cent of questions on a test that they will need to complete within 60 days of submitting their application for a Quebec Selection Certificate (Certificat de sélection du Québec, or CSQ).

If they don’t meet this 75 per cent threshold, the assessment may be repeated. Candidates who fail a second time may choose to participate in a course administered by Quebec’s Ministry of Immigration.

Dependents under 18 years of age or individuals with a medical condition will be exempt from this certification process.

Details on the type of examination questions, evaluation criteria or how candidates can prepare for the test were not provided.

Individuals selected by Quebec apply for permanent residence to the federal government, which conducts a medical and criminal background check as part of its approval process.

In order to be considered for a CSQ, the first step is to submit an expression of interest through the online Arrima platform.

The ministry reviews expression of interest submissions and issues invitations to apply for a CSQ to candidates who meet specific criteria based on the labour market needs of the province.

The province’s Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ) government came to power in October 2018 on a platform of temporarily reducing the number of immigrants admitted to Quebec and testing immigrants on their values and abilities in French.

The CAQ has said these measures are necessary in order to ensure immigrants are better integrated into Quebec society.

Quebec will impose a test of values ​​on immigration candidates

As of January 1, 2020, foreign nationals and their family members who wish to settle in Québec will have to pass a test on the democratic values ​​and values ​​of Quebec as defined by the province’s Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms.

The information concerning the test of values ​​was published today in the Gazette officielle du Québec.

Candidates must “correctly answer a minimum of 75% of the evaluation questions” that they must complete within 60 days of submitting their application for a Québec Selection Certificate (CSQ).

If they do not reach this threshold of 75%, they can resume the test. Candidates who fail a second time may choose to participate in a course administered by the Quebec Department of Immigration.

Dependents under the age of 18 or persons with a medical condition will be exempted from this certification process.

Details on the type of questions that will be asked in the exam, the evaluation criteria or how candidates can prepare for the test have not been provided.

Those selected by Quebec must then submit an application for permanent residence to the federal government, which conducts a medical and criminal background check.

In order to be considered for a CSQ, the first step is to submit a declaration of interest via the online platform Arrima.

The ministry reviews Expressions of Interest and invites candidates who meet specific criteria based on the needs of the province’s labor market to apply for a CSQ.

The government of the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ) of the province came to power in October 2018 with the promise of temporarily reducing the number of immigrants admitted to Quebec and imposing a test of values ​​and skills in French.

The CAQ said that these measures are necessary to ensure a better integration of immigrants into Quebec society.

Nova Scotia draws 430 registered nurses from federal Express Entry pool

Immigration candidates with work experience as registered nurses or registered psychiatric nurses were the focus of a new Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities draw held October 28. 

All 430 individuals invited had a profile in the Express Entry system, which manages the pool of candidates for Canada’s three Federal High-Skilled economic immigration programs — the Federal Skilled Worker ClassFederal Skilled Trades Class and the Canadian Experience Class.

The Labour Market Priorities Stream allows Nova Scotia to search the Express Entry pool for candidates with work experience in occupations facing labour shortages in the province and invite them to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence.

A provincial nomination results in an additional 600 points toward an Express Entry candidate’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and effectively guarantees an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence from the Government of Canada.

A spokesperson for the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) said there was no minimum CRS score required for this draw.

This was Nova Scotia’s fifth draw through the Labour Market Priorities Stream in 2019. Previous draws have targeted carpenters, early childhood educators, financial auditors and accountants, and French-speaking Express Entry candidates.

Nursing candidates invited by Nova Scotia in the October 28 draw have to meet the following criteria in order to be considered for a provincial nomination:

  • Have a primary occupation of registered nurse or registered psychiatric nurse (NOC 3012);
  • Have three years or more of work experience as a registered nurse or registered psychiatric nurse supported with letters of reference from employers;
  • Have a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) score of 8 or higher in English or French in all four language abilities;
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree or have completed a program of three years or more at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute.
  • Have an Express Entry profile that was submitted on or after November 1, 2018.

Those invited have 30 days from the date of their invitation from the NSNP to submit a complete application.

The NSNP allows Nova Scotia to nominate a set number of immigration candidates for Canadian permanent residence each year through nine streams tailored to specific economic needs in the province.

Canada invites 500 Federal Skilled Trades candidates to apply for permanent residence

Canada has issued 500 new invitations to apply for permanent residence status to Federal Skilled Trades Class candidates in a draw held October 16.

This was the second draw of 2019 to target candidates in the Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC).

The FSTC is open to foreign nationals qualified to work in an eligible skilled trade in Canada or those with an eligible offer of employment in Canada, among other criteria.

The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score required for this draw was 357.

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) applied its tie-break rule in the October 16 draw. In order to receive an invitation, candidates with scores of 357 must have submitted their profiles on or prior to March 4, 2019, at 20:36:42 UTC.

Candidates are awarded a score under the CRS based on factors such as age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French and a set number of the highest-ranked are invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence through regular draws from the pool.