Immigration targets for 2021 were announced as part of Quebec’s 2021 Immigration Plan, released on October 29. This report coincides with the announcement by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) of its multi-year plan, which is expected this week and will guide planning for immigration to Canada from 2021 to 2023.
In 2021, the majority of new admissions to Quebec – 62% – are expected to come from the province’s economic immigration programs.
The new levels of immigration to Quebec represent a slight increase from its 2020 objectives when Quebec’s objective was to welcome between 43,000 and 44,500 immigrants.
According to estimates in the plan released today, Quebec will admit a maximum of 30,500 immigrants this year, up from the projected maximum of 44,500. The province says travel restrictions and the closure of federal offices and processing centers around the world make it difficult to meet immigration targets for 2020.
However, the province’s Immigration Department said its goals for 2021 include a plan to rebalance “with the admission of an additional 7,000 people, which represents the postponement of some of the admissions that were not met. 2020 due to the health crisis.”
Due to the health crisis, the province estimates the number of unrealized admissions in 2020 between 13,000 and 18,000 but plans to make up the deficit over the next two years.
Admission targets for Quebec 2021
For 2021, Quebec has established a range of 27,500 to 29,300 new admissions for its economic immigration programs, including a maximum of 24,200 skilled workers.
Under Quebec’s business immigration programs, the province has also set a maximum of 4,300 admissions, which include the Quebec Entrepreneur Program and the Self-Employed Program.
Also, a maximum of 800 admissions is set for “other economic categories” such as live-in caregivers and others. 10,200 new permanent residents are expected to arrive through family sponsorship, refugees, and other immigration programs.
CSQ – Quebec Selection Certificate targets 2021
Under the provisions of the Canada-Quebec Accord, Quebec has the power to select all economic class immigrants and certain refugees in the province.
Those selected receive a Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ) and can then apply to the federal government of Canada for a permanent residence visa.
Quebec’s plan provides for the issuance of 26,500 to 31,200 selection certificates in 2021, slightly more than its 2020 plan, which provided for a range of 20,100 to 24,700.
The majority – up to 22,400 – would go to skilled worker applicants. The objectives of the selection certificate are as follows:
The targets set for 2021 include applications in progress or awaiting processing in Quebec and at the federal level. They also take into account the time required for applicants to complete all immigration procedures.
Reference is taken from CIC News
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