Canada is all set to emerge as a forerunner in world immigration numbers. Its plan to welcome large-scale migration in the upcoming years comes as good news to many. Quebec, a previously French colony hosts high numbers of immigrants, especially students and workers.
The latest immigration policies will be aimed at achieving the high goals set by the government. The latest announcements suggest three new pilot programs will begin in Quebec in the upcoming weeks. The programs will be catering to three sectors and their subsidiaries. The industries are Health, Food processing, and Tech subsidiaries like artificial intelligence, information technology, and visual effects.
New immigration programs for labour market needs of Quebec
The pilots will be designed to meet the current needs of the Quebec economy post covid. So, they won’t continue indefinitely, but just for a maximum of five years. They will help attract the best pool of students and professionals worldwide to become a part of the Canadian labor force.
A total of 550 people from all applicants will be chosen as a part of these pilot programs over the next five years. People must be affiliated to specified fields to be eligible for these pilots. Quebec selection certificates will be issued to every person who passes through the pilot. The numbers only depict the main heads and not their families.
Who will qualify for the new pilot programs?
There will be some minimum criteria, quite familiar to other programs that will hold the new pilots. Firstly, each applicant must provide financial proof that he can support himself and his family for at least three months in Quebec.
Secondly, the minimum age bar is set at 18 years of age for work. If you wish to apply through these pilots, you must have prior work experience in Quebec with no less than 30 hrs/ week. To be granted a CSQ, one must be fluent in French, which is the native language of Quebec. These are some of the standard eligibility criteria applicable to all three pilots.
Opportunities in the food processing industry of Quebec
The food processing industry hosts many foreign semi-skilled and skilled workers in manual labor and critical research. These jobs usually find less labor supply in their home markets and delve into the international labor market.
The new pilot for the food processing industry and related professionals will commence on the 24th of March. Some tailored requirements for applicants through this pilot include a relevant degree or diploma in the field from a Quebec university. Also, they must have work experience of at least 24 months in the industry in Quebec.
To be more specific, a list of jobs will qualify for the new pilot under this subcategory of food processing. Some of these jobs are Industrial butcher, meat cutter, poultry preparer, which are semi-skilled and manual jobs. There are also openings in beverage processing, seafood processing. Cleaners and machine operators will also be considered under this sub-scheme.
The new pilot for essential workers in healthcare
This subclass is mainly dedicated to healthcare professionals who are not doctors to work in Quebec. Foreign nurses, caregivers, and wardens can apply through this new pilot. Again they need to be French-speaking with a minimum qualifying level of proficiency. The 24-month compulsory work experience criterion also applies.
This new pilot aims to bridge the demand and supply gap in the healthcare industry of Quebec post-pandemic. It will also allow professionals to continue studying in their respective fields of medicine. The program is also set to begin 21st of March 2021.
To be eligible through this specific stream, you must hold a one-year diploma in a full-time program or vocational training from an institute in Quebec. 2 years or prior work experience, of which at least a year must be in Quebec, is the minimum requirement. It will help get more nurses are aid providers into the country, which is the need of the hour.
The special pilot for highly skilled tech workers
Every country needs a thriving technological and IT sector to advance in today’s world. Professional in the fields of artificial intelligence, IT, and visual effects are the targeted labor pool. This pilot program is designed to integrate highly talented international students pertaining to science in Quebec universities.
This pilot is set to launch just next month on the 22nd of April. The French language is taken extremely seriously in high-profile jobs. Hence applicants are divided into two categories depending on French proficiency. One is Francophone which includes adults with seven or higher scores in oral French. Francization or below seven candidates are automatically enrolled into French learning.
A total of 550 candidates will be selected through this profile. It will be equally divided between artificial intelligence and information technologies plus the visual effects sector clubbed together. It is allotted this way to meet the desired demand conditions in the province.
For the artificial intelligence stream, you again require a degree from Quebec as well as work experience. Also, one needs to have a subsequent master’s degree in AI and a permanent job offer in Quebec.
We can find jobs like graphic designers, illustrators, audio and video directors, and technicians under the visual effects stream. Software, electrical engineers are also eligible. Plus, analysts and consultants can again try out this new pilot program.
The new pathways will open up a plethora of new opportunities in Quebec. The economy will be able to bridge the demand and supply gap in the labor market. The three ways program is designed to meet the province’s financial requirements. It is also part of a larger plan to increase the overall level of immigration in Canada. These are a few of the many pathways to be launched over the next five years to welcome international professionals and students. It is only a few weeks from the first pilot launch, and everybody remains hopeful about the future.