ANNOUNCEMENT 16 Jun 2019

In 2019 the province of Québec enacted legislation that cancelled thousands of backlogged economic immigration applications.

 

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Inception date: 16 Jun 2019 | Removal date: open ended

Labour market access

On June 16, 2019 an act known as Bill 9 changing Québec's labour immigration laws received royal assent. Under this act, applications for Québec selection certificates for which no decision had been rendered before the act was assented to are now closed. The Ministère will now use a new system, which allows it, on a priority basis, to invite those who best meet Québec's needs to file an application for permanent selection.

Québec’s Immigration Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette argued that cancelling the backlogged applications, which represented around 50,000 people including applicants’ families, was necessary given the Québec Skilled Worker Program’s switch to an online Expression of Interest system in 2018. The bill was supported by the Federation of Québec Chambers of Commerce, which said that the government’s efforts to align immigration with the needs of Québec employers “will have a very important impact.” The Québec Association of Immigration Lawyers opposed it.

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