The Minister of Immigration of Quebec, Kathleen Weil, today announced the introduction of a new selection system called economic immigrants. Beginning in 2017, the requests will not be processed in order of receipt, but sorted according to labour market needs.
People who wish to immigrate to Canada will first need to complete a “statement of interest” online. Only candidates who best meet the needs of Quebec will be invited to file a formal application entitled “Quebec selection certificate.”
“It’s a system that allows the flexibility and speed, because the labour market is changing and changing fast. The system of first come first served is a very heavy system. And in an immigration competitive world, it does not work. We already see that Canada, Australia and New Zealand already have, “said Minister Weil at a press conference to present with great fanfare the new Quebec immigration policy, participation and inclusion.
With this new selection process, the minister believes she can handle requests within 3 to 6 months. Currently, the deadlines are 1 to 4 years.
The so-called economic immigration does not include people who move to Quebec for humanitarian reasons.
Between 1990 and 1994, economic immigrants represented 49.1% of newcomers. Between 2010 and 2014, it jumped to 69.2%.
The areas prioritized job under the new selection process will be modulated “continuous” and could vary by region.
The organization cites the Montreal International information technology, gaming and visual effects, as areas that could be prioritized in the short term because of the shortage of qualified staff.
The new immigration policy also aims to facilitate the transition from temporary to permanent status of foreign students and temporary workers.
Immigrants who have training in a profession regulated such as lawyers, engineers, doctors, nurses or pharmacists represent 20% of newcomers. Some professional bodies are often seen as a major obstacle to recognition of the skills of skilled workers from abroad.