The oft-criticized and embattled CAQ in Quebec has maintained a firm platform of controversial immigration and religious symbols policies throughout their tenure as the majority government in the province. They insist that none of their policies are racially motivated but critics are quick to dismiss them.
Now, after initially planning a decrease of 20% in the number of admitted immigrants into Quebec, the Legault government has seemingly contradicted itself today. In the coming years, the CAQ now plans to increase the number of immigrants in the province.
For example, in 2018, based on the federal government's plans, Quebec admitted 51,118 new immigrants, according to Radio-Canada. In 2019, Quebec is expecting some 40,000 new immigrants.
The CAQ claims that the decrease would be a temporary thing and that by 2022, they're expecting to admit more than 50,000 new immigrants. Bill 9, currently under review in the National Assembly, aims to better select new immigrants based on the market needs of the province.
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These new increases won't apply for people of refugee status, however. The government is quick to point out that the increase in new immigrants is specifically for what they call "economic immigrants." Each new applicant will be vetted by the Quebec government.
According to Radio-Canada, over 32,000 immigrants will be chosen on the basis of their economic worth to the province. The CAQ specifies that they will focus on education fields and technology.
Quebec provincial ministers say that they want to distinguish Quebec as an open and welcoming place for new immigrants despite being called out on their questionable policies regarding immigration and religious symbol accommodation.
It's important to keep in mind that this is so far only a proposal. The National Assembly will meet to further detail this new development on August 12th. Despite promising to decrease the number by 20%, today's announcement will see 3,000 more immigrants admitted into the province (compared to 2018).
Economic immigrants will seek out jobs and promote a healthy and stable economy. There's a drastic shortage of some skilled labour in the province in teaching and tech positions. The CAQ hopes that by admitting more economic immigrants, the province will prosper.
For now, though, it's all a matter of wait-and-see when it comes to this new policy. As mentioned, the CAQ will reconvene on this debate on August 12th.
The CAQ Government is increasing the number of "economic immigrants" admitted to the province. Estimations say that some 50,000 new immigrants will be here by 2022. While this new development seemingly contradicts CAQ campaign promises, Quebec highlights that the increase will promote a better economic future for the province.