The latest Quebec Immigration plan for 2023 maintains the status quo of the 2022 immigration plan.
Quebec will focus on economic immigration as the contribution of the economic category is 65 percent of the total admissions, projected in 2023. The economic immigration category of Quebec includes Quebec Skills Worker Program and Quebec Experience Program.
The target for new permanent residents through economic immigration in 2023 is 33,900. It will comprise 4,300 business immigrants, including the self-employed, entrepreneurs, and investors. The province plans to admit 29,500 skilled workers to boost the job market.
Other immigration programs, like refugees and family reunification, account for the remaining 18,100 new permanent residents in Quebec’s immigration plan for 2023.
Plans to strengthen the French language
Quebec reduced immigration targets by 20 percent in 2019 to boost francophone immigration and selection. The province continues to focus on strengthening the French-speaking culture by mandating French language abilities for 79 percent of immigrants coming to Quebec in 2023 through economic categories. The Ministry of Immigration, Francization, and Integration proposes 66 percent of all immigrants are proficient in French.
Distinct attributes of Quebec immigration
According to the Quebec-Canada accord, Quebec decides its immigration targets. It is the only province in Canada with a separate immigration ministry that releases yearly immigration-level plans.
Quebec enjoys total freedom to plan its economic immigration. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is the final deciding authority on admissions across all immigration categories.
IRCC handles the candidate’s approval for permanent residence by assessing medical, security, and criminality aspects.