The province of Quebec in Canada has received nearly $590,000 towards immigrant integration and settlement in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region.
Quebec is the only Canadian province that is not a part of the Provincial Nominee Program [PNP]. As per the Canada-Quebec Accord, Quebec has greater autonomy regarding the newcomers to be inducted into their province.
Quebec has its own immigration programs that have selection criteria distinct from those of other federal or provincial programs of Canada.
The predominantly French-speaking province of Quebec is putting in over half a million dollars with the aim of funding integration services for immigrants, in 7 regional municipalities as well as Rimouski city.
All of the targeted municipalities – as well as Rimouski city – are located to the south of St. Lawrence River.
|The nearly $590,000 funding is being distributed in Quebec as given below:
· La Matanie – $109,611
· Basques – $75,000
· Témiscouata – $75,000
· Matapédia – $74,996
· Riviere-du-Loup – $73,025
· Rimouski – $65,000
· Kamouraska – $60,000
· La Mitis – $57,037
The funding is to be used for programs that assist immigrants integrate into Quebec society.
According to Quebec Immigration Minister Nadine Girault, “Our government is deeply committed to the successful integration of immigrants throughout Quebec.”
As per industry projections, Quebec will be stepping up on immigration for addressing labour shortage in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.
While 2020 registered a reduction in the number of immigrants arriving into the country, in 2021, the signs bode well for the recovery of immigration levels, both within Quebec as well as the rest of Canada.
Previously, Quebec announced 3 new pilot programs. All of these are open and accepting applications.
For January-February 2021, official statistics revealed that 7,035 took up permanent residence in Quebec, an increase in the same duration in 2020 prior to the COVID-19 related restrictions being imposed in Canada.
|Quebec Permanent Residence Admissions by Month|
|Month & Year||PR admissions in Quebec|
So far this year, Quebec has held 4 Arrima draws, inviting a total of 476 Canada immigration hopefuls to submit their application for permanent selection through obtaining a Certificat de sélection du Québec [CSQ], also referred to as a Québec Selection Certificate.
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