Aug 09, 2019 – The Quebec provincial government has launched a new program for integrating immigrants that it is calling the ‘Personalized Career Pathway’.
Newcomers will get help from Quebec immigration ministry (MIDI) officers from before they arrive, with the aim of quickly integrating them into the Quebec labour market and community.
The Coalition Avenir Quebec says the help offered will be tailored to each Quebec immigration candidate.
“The course promotes the full participation of immigrants in the collective life and labour market of Quebec,” a CAQ statement said.
“It offers accessible, flexible and adapted coaching throughout the integration process that is unique to everyone.”
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The new program follows the CAQ’s overhaul of the Quebec immigration system, launching a new Expression of Interest system and cancelling thousands of Quebec Skilled Worker applications filed under the old process.
The CAQ has also reduced Quebec immigration by 20 per cent at a time when businesses are struggling to find new workers due to a chronic labour market shortage.
Since reducing the immigration levels for 2019, the CAQ has said it will look to increase the annual number back above 50,000 by 2022.
Under the new integration program, MIDI officers will make contact with new immigrants before they move, offering them French language training and information sessions on the different regions of the province.
On arrival, immigrants will be met at the airport and have a meeting scheduled with a MIDI officer within five business days of arrival.
The initial meeting will allow an integration action plan to be form in four main areas:
- Integration into the job market.
- Community integration.
The progress of each immigrant will be monitored by MIDI officers, with the action plan adjusted accordingly.
Immigration will also be invited to follow an integration course, for which a participation allowance of $185 will be available.
The CAQ says it will spend $20 million per year on the new program, including hire 84 new MIDI staff in all regions of Quebec.
It will also see a second MIDI office opened at Montreal Airport in the domestic arrival area. There is already an office in the international arrival zone.
“We are convinced that adequate support is crucial to the success of the integration process for immigrants,” said Quebec immigration minister Simon Jolin-Barrette.
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