What is your opinion on new Quebec law that stresses migrant skills vs. 1st come, 1st served?The vast majority of immigrants coming into Quebec choose Montreal as their destination, and many use Quebec as a springboard to later migrate to other provinces, either because of the absence of employment opportunities for them or they are inhibited by language barriers, so it becomes a net loss for the province if immigrant skills and available jobs aren’t matched.The emphasis on French is also intended to address the problem so future immigrants will more likely stay.
At least that’s the logic behind Bill 9.
It’s essentially the same as what we have at a federal level.Canada doesn’t have an “open border” policy like you may have heard in the Conservative media.Our immigration system is a score-based system, and the more skilled you are, the more points you receive.
What Quebec is doing is trying to put more emphasis on the French language, and for good reason.It’s the first language of the vast majority of residents in the province, and even the Anglophones living there are usually fluent in French.A lot of immigrants who come to Canada and settle in Quebec tend to leave for other provinces, essentially using Quebec as an entry point into the country.
By placing more emphasis on French language, Quebec hopes that it will solve this problem by encouraging people to stay.
This isn’t new, it really matches the Canadian Express Entry program.Millions of people apply to various Canadian immigration programs every year.Canada can’t accept all of them.
So Canada chooses to prioritize those immigrants who can fill a labor need and help Canada’s economy.I think it’s a wise policy.The job market in Canada is strong but very competitive and those with English or French as a first language, Canadian education and experience have an advantage.