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The Quebec Minister of Immigration, Diversity, and Inclusion, Kathleen Weil, has tabled a draft law that, if passed, may make significant changes to the Quebec Immigration Act. Adopted in 1968, the Immigration Act in Quebec has undergone successive amendments but has never been reformed.

Foremost among the proposed changes would see the province move to an economic immigration system more like the one currently operated by the federal government, known as Express Entry.

Speaking at the National Assembly in Quebec City on December 2, Ms Weil stated that Quebec would invite candidates who have submitted an expression of interest to submit applications. Individuals who already have a validated job offer, a professional profile in demand, or who have already obtained a full or partial recognition of their skills may be invited to apply.

The government of Quebec’s official website was updated to reflect the tabling of this bill.

The immigration bill would allow Quebec to fully reflect the current responsibilities of Quebec in the selection, reception, francization, inclusion and participation of immigrants. It also proposes the implementation of an immigration system inspired by the experiences of Australia, New Zealand, and more recently in Canada. Based on the expression of interest model, this system would give Quebec the ability to continuously select those whose profile best meets the evolving needs of the Quebec labor market.