December 13, 2018 – Non-profit organizations can apply for grants of up to $250,000 to support projects that help integrate new immigrants into Quebec society.
Quebec’s immigration ministry (MIDI) issued a call for proposals on Tuesday, December 11, with the deadline for submission on February 1, 2019.
The call comes as the Quebec provincial government looks to temporarily lower Quebec immigration levels by 20 per cent in 2019 so that integration services can be improved.
A provincial statement said: “The purpose of the Diversity Mobilization Program is to support non-profit organizations in building more welcoming and inclusive communities to foster the full participation of immigrants and ethnocultural minorities in French.
The statement continued: “It is also encouraged that projects take into account the differentiated contexts of certain population groups, including young people, older people and women.”
The Coalition Avenir du Québec, or CAQ, has tabled a provincial government plan to temporarily reduce Quebec immigration to 40,000 newcomers per year, down from 50,000 in 2018.
For the Quebec Economic Class, the CAQ plan is for number to fall to 23,450 in 2019, from 31,200 in 2018. The Economic Class numbers are to include between 18,000 and 20,100 skilled workers, 3,100 and 3,400 business people, with room for 600 to 800 other immigrants.
For the Family Class, the plan is for numbers to fall to 8,900 from 11,700. Refugees, meanwhile, would drop from 9,400 to 6,950 under the published numbers.
CAQ’s 2019 Quebec Immigration Levels Plan
The 20 per cent reduction is controversial given Quebec businesses are currently finding it difficult to fill vacancies.
Provincial unemployment is at a decades-low figure, with employers relying on immigration to plug gaps in the labour market.
The CAQ argues Quebec needs more of the right type of immigrant, citing unemployment figures from 2017 of 6.1 per cent for the whole of the province, but 15.8 per cent for new immigrants.
The recently launched Quebec Expression of Interest system should also assist in improving integration.
Styled on the federal Express Entry system, the Quebec system will see candidates with the highest-scoring profiles invited to apply for Quebec immigration.
Non-profit organizations wishing to benefit from government grants must submit proposals in the following areas:
- To foster intercultural connections that enable Quebeckers from diverse backgrounds to get to know each other and participate in projects that contribute to harmonious intercultural relations;
- To encourage inter-religious dialogue;
- To raise awareness of the issues of living together in a diverse society to contribute to constructive dialogue and build trust and solidarity;
- To prevent discrimination and prejudice by removing barriers to the full participation of immigrants and ethnocultural minorities.
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