Trudeau Says Quebec Well Able To Welcome More Than 100,000 Immigrants Per Year

Canada’s Population Hits 40 Million, Fueled By Immigration
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Quebec is well able to welcome 112,000 immigrants per year, says Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, rubbishing claims made by provincial Premier Francois Legault.

The Liberal leader says the French-speaking province could easily make the vast majority of those newcomers francophone.

“Quebec at the moment is fully capable of welcoming 112,000 immigrants a year,” Trudeau said.

The comments completely contradict the views of Legault, who recently said it would be suicide for Quebec to welcome any more than the roughly 50,000 set out in its recent immigration levels plan.

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Trudeau blamed the lack of Quebec immigration for the province’s labour shortage, pointing out the issues businesses are having with hiring staff.

“There are entrepreneurs in the Beauce unable to carry out contracts because they can’t hire enough people,” he said.

The conflicting comments lay bare the gap in political philosophy between the federal government and Quebec provincial government.

Canada is set to ramp up immigration to 500,000 per year by 2025. But Quebec’s vastly popular premier looks unlikely to budge from 50,000.

This latest Quebec levels plan reveals much about the Legault’s attitude towards big business in the province.

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With 22 percent of Canada’s population, Quebec is entitled to the same proportion of the annual immigration intake.

The federal government’s plan targets 465,000 newcomers next year, which means Quebec has the right to welcome 102,300 newcomers, but it is choosing to bring in just half that number.

With its plan to ensure that all Quebec immigrants are Francophone, the CAQ is showing that it is anti-big business and cares only about its nationalistic agenda.

Quebec businesses are urging the province to increase immigration to help combat a chronic labour shortage, but the CAQ refuses to do that.

It is telling that the majority of those businesses are based in Montreal, where the CAQ enjoys very little support. Legault prefers to pander to his support base to keep power, despite that being detrimental to the future of the province’s economy.

Quebec’s 2023 Immigration Levels Plan

Minimum Maximum
Economic immigration category 32,000 33,900
Skilled Workers 28,000 29,500
Business People 4,000 4,300
Other Economic categories 0 100
Family Reunification 10,200 10,600
Refugees and people in similar situations 6,900 7,500
Other immigration categories 400 500
Overall totals 49,500 52,500

At the federal level, meanwhile, Canada will spend $1.6 billion over six years and $315 million a year after that on the processing and settlement of new immigrants it will welcome through its ambitious 2023 to 2025 Immigration Levels Plan.

The federal government’s Fall Economic Statement also allocated $50 million this year and next year specifically aimed at tackling a crippling processing backlog.

The statement outlined exactly how important immigration has become to Canada’s economy, with a new record of more than 430,000 newcomers expected to be welcomed this year.

The immigration increases announced by Fraser include 301,250 new immigrants in the Economic Class alone, as Canada continues its commitment to help businesses beset with chronic labour shortages.

Immigration accounts for almost 100 per cent of Canada’s labour force growth, and, by 2032, it is projected to account for 100 per cent of Canada’s population growth, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada says.

Canada’s 2023 to 2025 Immigration Levels Plan

2023 2024 2025
Overall Planned Permanent Resident Admissions 465,000 485,000 500,000
Economic Federal High Skilled 82,880 109,020 114,000
Federal Economic Public Policies 25,000
Federal Business 3,500 5,000 6,000
Economic Pilots: Caregivers; Agri-Food Pilot; Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot; Economic Mobility Pathways Project 8,500 12,125 14,750
Atlantic Immigration Program 8,500 11,500 14,500
Provincial Nominee Program 105,500 110,000 117,500
Quebec Skilled Workers and BusinessFootnote6 See the Quebec immigration plan To be determined To be determined
Total Economic 266,210 281,135 301,250
Family Spouses, Partners and Children 78,000 80,000 82,000
Parents and Grandparents 28,500 34,000 36,000
Total Family 106,500 114,000 118,000
Refugees and Protected Persons Protected Persons in Canada and Dependents Abroad 25,000 27,000 29,000
Resettled Refugees – Government-Assisted 23,550 21,115 15,250
Resettled Refugees – Privately Sponsored 27,505 27,750 28,250
Resettled Refugees – Blended Visa Office-Referred 250 250 250
Total Refugees and Protected Persons 76,305 76,115 72,750
Humanitarian and Other Total Humanitarian & Compassionate and Other 15,985 13,750 8,000
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