On October 29th, Quebec announced its target immigration levels for 2021, which was published in the Plan d’immigration du Québec 2021. The target is to introduce up to 47,500 immigrant arrivals in 2021. Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has also announced its multi-year immigration plan for 2021, 2022, and 2023, which plans to welcome over 1.2 million new immigrants.
In 2020 Quebec’s targets were to welcome between 43,000 and 44,500 immigrants; however, with COVID-19, this was not possible. Overall, this is a slight increase of 3,000 immigrants compared to 2020. Due to COVID-19, Quebec, like the rest of Canada, was not able to achieve its 2020 immigration targets. This has caused a severe labour shortage in the Province.
Under the 2021 plan, most of the immigrants being accepted into Quebec will be from the economic class. This will compromise of 62 percent of its newcomer admissions. Quebec operates its own immigration programs and strives to promote a Francophone community.
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