According to Quebec Immigration’s website, Quebec recently launched 6 new regional plans to provide improved settlement services to new immigrants. These settlement plans will be operated by the regional networks of the immigration department in collaboration with its economic, community, and municipal partners.
Quebec has been facing an acute shortage of labor, forcing many businesses to remain closed for some days a week due to a lack of staff. Immigration is the only way to fill these labor shortages and recover Quebec’s economy.
The ongoing coronavirus disrupted the labor market and greatly affected immigrants and new permanent residents in the province. Therefore, the province feels it is high time to provide improved settlement services to help them integrate better into society.
What Are the Regional Plans Introduced by Quebec Immigration?
The regional plans have been developed for the following regions to improve the settlement services provided to new immigrants:
- Greater Quebec city and the eastern region of Quebec
- Eastern Townships and the central part of Quebec
- Laval, the Laurentians, and the de Lanaudière region, starting from the Saint Lawrence River north of Montreal to the Laurentians
- Montérégie- the area including Boucherville, Brossard, Granby, Longueuil, Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Saint-Hyacinthe, Sorel-Tracy and Vaudreuil-Dorion
- Great Montreal area
- Northern and Western parts of Quebec