Immigration to Quebec Canada in the Time of COVID-19 - 2021 and 2022 Prospects - Trip and work

Sunday, 15 November 2020

Immigration to Quebec Canada in the Time of COVID-19 - 2021 and 2022 Prospects


Due to the fallout from COVID-19, this year Quebec will receive only 60% to 70% of the migrants planned for 2020, according to the Quebec 2021 immigration plan presented on Thursday. It intends to delay all admissions unfinished in 2020 within the next two years.

In fact, out of 44,500 immigrants this year, the Dolphinier Coalition Government of Quebec (CAQ) found the territory's economy structure less acceptable with between 13,000 and 18,000 immigrants. Given this deficit, at least 7,000 admissions, which could not be completed in 2020, will be postponed to next year and added to the approximately 47,500 immigrant files that Quebec will process.

The Reality of Immigration to Quebec 2020-2022

According to the current immigration plan, more than half of the 7,000 files that will be part of the application processing process in 2021 are those of people in the "economic immigration" category, especially skilled workers. According to the Minister for Immigration and Integration (MIFI), Nadine Girollet, the people of concern are mostly in Quebec.

The number of Quebec Selection Certificates (CSPs), (an initial step for a future Quebec resident who would like to apply for permanent residency of the federal government), slightly exceeded expectations: 25,300 CSQs were issued when a maximum of 24,700 was expected to be awarded. % Of immigrants admitted in 2020 are French speakers and 56% are admitted to the 'economic immigration' category.

Given Quebec's large labor needs, keeping goals - and catching up over two years - is a practical decision, says the Institute of Quebec (IDQ). “The signal sent is positive in the sense that the spirit behind it is that we need immigrants. But at the same time, there are limitations and uncertainties, which reflects the fact that [the government] is leaving the door open to do so for two years, ”said Mia Homsi, President and CEO of IDQ. According to her, some Quebec ministers are fully aware of the challenges associated with labor shortages and it would be "illogical" to think of economic recovery without immigration.

Internal opposition to reducing the number of immigrants

For liberal MP and anti-immigration critic, Gaytan Barrett, this drop-in admission, due to COVID-19, suits CAQ, which has wanted to lower immigration thresholds. “They basically tell us that the cause of relapse is COVID, that it is not their fault and they give us plans to reach the goals. I think setting thresholds for immigration to Quebec was not a good idea, but we have no choice but to oppose this policy. ”

Quebec Solidere member, Andres Fontesela, believes that the government, in this unusual epidemiological context, could have gone the extra mile. If between 13,000 and 15,000 immigrants cannot be admitted due to COVID-19, travel restrictions, and the closing activities of some federal processing centers abroad, why not deal with people files - in an irregular situation on the territory of the territory?

We could have used the exceptions to accept a large number of people who are already here. It is good to be concerned about not achieving the desired goals, but we must not forget that many people are already in Quebec and working. We have to think about temporary workers and asylum seekers. We could have put together a plan that included all of them. ”

Starting next year, Francois Legault's government plans to receive more immigrants, between 44,500 and 47,500, 62% of whom will come from the category of "economic immigration." Ultimately, by 2022, the goal is to accept between 49,500 and 52,500 in total, 65% of which will come from the same “economic” category, which includes skilled workers and entrepreneurs.