Minister denies immigrants already in Quebec could possibly be expelled with reforms

Coalition Avenir Quebec MNA Simon Jolin-Barrette responds to reporters questions on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 on the legislature in Quebec Metropolis.

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QUEBEC – The immigration minister has moved to calm a storm sparked by his plans to reform the system for brand spanking new arrivals, saying the federal government shouldn’t be about to expel individuals already residing and dealing in Quebec.

At some point after Quebec’s Liberals described the plan to trash 18,000 immigration applications to clear the backlog as inhuman, the federal government revealed that three,800 of these requests had been filed by individuals already in Quebec and coated by the Common Expert Employee Program.

Not one of the employees will likely be expelled as a result of they’re working with federally issued employee permits and may have these permits renewed, officers mentioned.

The federal government can be inviting these people — a lot of whom converse French and have been working right here greater than 12 months — to use for entry to the Programme de l’expérience québécoise (PEQ), which is designed for immigrants who’ve accomplished greater education schemes.

The very fact they’re already right here means they’ve a greater probability of being fast-tracked in that program and issued a Quebec choice certificates permitting them to remain longer or completely, mentioned Marc-André Gosselin, press aide to Immigration, Range and Inclusiveness Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette.

As for others already residing in Quebec, Gosselin mentioned they’ve the choice of re-applying for entry via the Expression of Curiosity Program, which Quebec is now selling aggressively as a result of it matches training and abilities with out there jobs.

Quebec believes it’s the key to ending conditions the place extremely educated immigrants arrive in Quebec solely to search out there are not any jobs of their discipline and so they find yourself washing dishes or driving taxis.

However confusion over the Coalition Avenir Québec authorities’s reforms continued with the media crammed with tales of immigrants saying their desires of shifting to Quebec have been dashed as a result of the shock modifications to the system will imply they’ve to begin the applying course of over.

Even when the CAQ authorities Monday centered its media harm management efforts on the three,800 circumstances involving individuals already right here, lots of of different purposes – largely filed from abroad — grasp in limbo.

Whereas the federal government says a few of these information date way back to 2005 and have most likely been deserted by the people, most of information within the backlog date within the final three or 4 years.

The federal government Monday once more steered the blame for issues within the system to the backlog left behind by former Liberal authorities. Making an announcement in Terrebonne, Premier François Legault mentioned it was the Liberals who “dragged their toes,” allowed the backlog to develop.

What I need to do is make sure that when individuals arrive in Quebec they all the time have a job that matches their abilities.”

“There gained’t be any extra damaged desires (after the reforms) as a result of individuals will know what waits for them in Quebec,” added Jolin-Barrette in a TVA interview in reference to the brand new skills-job matching program.

“What I need to do is make sure that when individuals arrive in Quebec they all the time have a job that matches their abilities.”

However with the Liberals describing the CAQ’s reform launch as amateurish, the federal government struggled to elucidate the reforms it has proposed and that are included in Invoice 9 tabled within the legislature final week.

Quebec, for instance, modified twice in the identical day their estimate of how many individuals these information truly symbolize.

And the CAQ authorities faces hassle getting Ottawa to conform to the reforms which contain each ranges of presidency.

On Friday, federal intergovernmental affairs minister Dominic Leblanc dismissed Quebec’s request that Quebec be allowed to set its personal circumstances for the granting of everlasting Canadian residency to all new arrivals in Quebec.

Legault responded to that statement saying Ottawa pays a political value for its refusal within the looming federal election marketing campaign.

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