The Quebec government recently announced plans to invite 52,500 new immigrants in 2022. A majority of these immigrants will be invited through the economic immigration programs offered by Quebec Immigration, including the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) and the Quebec Experience Program (PEQ).
What Is the Quebec Immigration Plan for 2022?
The immigration plan has been decided based on the targets established during the public consultation held in summer 2019 as part of the Quebec Immigration Planning for the 2020-2022 period. The immigration levels target has been increased from 49,500 to 52,500 immigrants in 2022 with an additional 18,000 admissions to be carried over from the previous year. This means that Quebec will be welcoming around 70,000 immigrants in 2022.
The Quebec government plans to invite around 33,900 immigrants through the economic immigration programs. Quebec expects to invite up to 28,800 skilled workers and around 4,300 business immigrants which will include self-employed immigrants, investors, and entrepreneurs.
The remaining 18,600 applicants are expected to be invited through the Family Sponsorship and Refugee admissions process.
What Is the Quebec Immigration Levels Plan?
The Quebec Immigration Department introduces an immigration levels plan every year to set the target for the number of new permanent residents to be admitted into the province in the coming year. It also set the admission targets for different immigration categories. In 1991, Canada signed an immigration agreement with Quebec, giving the province the authority to set its own admissions target. This right is enjoyed only by Quebec.