According to a statement by the Canadian government, these special new public policies grant permanent status to temporary essential workers, especially those working in hospitals and long-term care homes, as well as international graduates.
International graduates who intend to reside outside of Quebec must have completed an eligible Canadian post-secondary program within the last four years, no earlier than January 2017.
According to the statement, as of May 6, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will begin accepting applications under the following three streams:
20,000 applications for temporary workers in health care
30,000 applications for temporary workers in other selected essential occupations
40,000 applications for international students who graduated from a Canadian institution
Applications will remain open until November 5, or until they have reached their limit.
Quebec not included in new pathway
Alexander Cohen, press secretary for the Office of the IRCC, told MTL Blog that Quebec is not included in the new permanent residency program due to the Canada-Quebec Accord, an agreement giving Quebec the authority to select the majority of its own immigrants and determine its annual immigration targets.
"We have always respected Quebec's jurisdiction over immigration, including their decision not to participate in the initiative," said Cohen.
"As such, applicants under these programs must intend to reside in a province or territory other than Quebec."
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In a Twitter post, Minister of International Relations, Immigration, and Francization Nadine Girault said that "after having carried out quarantine in Toronto, the Afghan refugees bound for Quebec will be taken care of by the Government of Quebec."
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On August 13, the Canadian government announced that it will expand its resettlement program to resettle 20,000 Afghan refugees who are under threat from the Taliban.
The program will prioritize refugees from the most vulnerable groups, including "women leaders, human rights defenders, journalists, persecuted religious minorities, LGBTI individuals, and family members of previously resettled interpreters," as well as "government-supported and privately sponsored refugees, along with those sponsored by family already in Canada."
"We, the undersigned, demand that the Government of Quebec publicly reject, as of now, the idea of a mandatory vaccination passport and that it commit itself to do like the Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, has done, that is to say, prohibit the obligation to present a vaccination passport in order to attend certain events and practice certain activities," the petition states.
Samson, a former Coalition Avenir Québec member who switched sides in June, held a press conference about the petition alongside Conservative Party of Quebec leader Eric Duhaime on August 12. They explained that the party had already collected 133,000 signatures on a previous petition that did not meet the criteria of the National Assembly.
"We reviewed the wording [...] So we're going to ask these hundreds of thousands of people to re-sign their petition on the National Assembly website, and we're going to invite Quebecers who don't agree with the vaccine passport to come forward as well," Samson said.
The petition, which was posted to the National Assembly website on August 12, had garnered more than 75,000 signatures at the time this article was published.
Mary Simon's approval rating is lower in Quebec compared to the rest of Canada, a poll released Wednesday showed, because the new governor general can't speak French.
An Angus Reid Institute poll of 2,049 Canadians found only 49% of Quebecers approve of her appointment compared to 74% of respondents in the rest of the country.
"Despite being from Nunavik (the Inuit homeland in Northern Quebec), and having been awarded the [province's] highest distinction, many Quebecers remain unconvinced Mary Simon is the best choice for governor general due to her lack of fluency in French," stated the Angus Reid Institute.
"Support is cleaved along linguistic divides in the only majority Francophone province in Canada," it continued, as only 40% of Quebecers whose first language is French approve of her appointment compared to 81% of English speakers.
Though Simon, the country's first Indigenous governor general, is not currently fluent in French, she has promised to learn, Angus Reid stated.