Prospective Quebec immigrants will have support available before they even land in the province
As a part of Quebec’s new integration services, prospective immigrants will be assigned an immigration assistant officer that will follow their case through a step-by-step process.
Details on the Parcours d’accompagnement personnalisé (personalised support program) were announced on August 8 by Quebec’s Minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion, Simon Jolin-Barrette.
The new personalised support program, which is a part of the Quebec government’s immigration law reforms that passed legislation in June, is designed to “implement the best possible tools” to help newcomers “successfully integrate into Quebec society,” according to a news release from the ministry.
In order to immigrate to Quebec as permanent residents, foreign nationals must first obtain a Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ) issued by the Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion (MIDI). Quebec assesses and selects immigrants according to its own criteria. After receiving a CSQ, candidates must apply to the federal government to become permanent residents.
As soon as prospective immigrants receive their CSQ, they will have access to resources and a designated immigration officer. Candidates will be provided with information on the regions of Quebec, recognition of their professional qualifications and the option to take an online French course.
Upon arrival, newcomers will be greeted at the airport and invited to meet with a designated integration assistance officer within five days to create an individualised action plan.
There are four steps to the new process:
- Integration into the job market
- Community integration
There is an optional course for those who want to learn about the sociocultural realities and job market in Quebec. The Province is offering an incentive of $185 for those who participate.
“The Personalised Support program takes into account the fact that there is not only one integration trajectory, but each person also has unique needs and experience,” Jolin-Barrette said in the French media release. “The program allows us to take this into account and direct people to the appropriate resources where they will find adapted and individualised services and support.”
Jolin-Barrette said the initiative represents a 20-million-dollar annual investment and will include the creation of 84 new government jobs; 78 Integration Support Officers and six Coordinators.
“We are convinced that adequate support is crucial to the success of the integration process for immigrants,” Jolin-Barrette said in the release. “With this new measure, the government is taking concrete action to promote and ensure the successful integration of immigrants into Quebec society.”
The new program is in direct correlation with the Quebec-Canada Accord which allows Quebec to select its own candidates for immigration. The Quebec-Canada Accord and the new Personalised Support Program is targeted to keeping Quebec’s French heritage alive and well. In recent years, immigrants were coming to Quebec with a basic to intermediate knowledge of the French language and were encountering major difficulties integrating into society and the job market which left highly skilled workers settling for jobs that are not in their field of study and are considered lower tier jobs because they had a family to support and couldn’t take the time to advance their French language skills. The new program will allow for immigrants to prepare themselves before their arrival to Quebec by advancing their knowledge of the French language, get familiar with the Quebec job market, get instructed on how to work in their field of study (job regulations and certification) and get to know the day to day responsibilities of living in Quebec.
I am very happy to see a program like this come to light and hope that all newly arrived immigrants and immigrants yet to arrive take full advantage of the program to ease their integration into society.
For more details on any aspect of immigration, please do not hesitate to contact my office. You can speak to me in English, French, Farsi and Italian.
Keep safe, stay healthy and make sure laughter is in your everyday life.
Immigration Michael Monfared
Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant