Quebec Skilled Worker Program

Quebec Selection Certificate selection invites 444 previously rejected foreign workers

On August 19, Quebec’s provincial government drew 444 invitations for Quebec Selection Certificates. These invitations were given to foreign workers whose applications had been cancelled when immigration reforms were passed on June 16. These candidates were from the Quebec Skilled Worker Program and had active Expression of Interests (EOI) in the online application portal, Arrima. 

The Quebec Selection Certificates (Certificat de sélection du Québec, or CSQ) are given out by the province’s Ministry of Immigration. It allows hopeful Quebec immigrants to apply for permanent residence in the province. It operates through several immigration streams, including the Quebec Self-Employment Program, the Quebec Investor Program, and the Quebec Skilled Worker Program. 

Quebec immigration uses an online application portal called the Arrima system to sort applicants. The system ranks applying candidates on their qualifications like language skills, educational background, and work history. For Quebec immigration, EOIs mainly serves as a way to inform the Immigration Ministry of their interest in applying for a Quebec Selection Certificate. 

Quebec Selection Certification Credentials 

For the August 19 draw, in particular, the applicants needed to meet several specified credentials.

First of all, they only qualified if a previous application had been terminated following Quebec’s immigrant reforms of June 16. This specifically refers to the Act to increase Québec’s socio-economic prosperity and adequately meet labour market needs through successful immigrant integration (the Act), Section 28. 

Secondly, applicants needed to have sent their EOI to the Minister before December 17, 2018. 

And finally, they had to meet one of two qualifying circumstances. They qualify for the program if their application was terminated. The other circumstance was that they were already in Quebec with a work or study permit before June 16, 2019.

The Quebec Selection Certificate is the province’s main route for immigrants looking for permanent residence in Quebec. Only successful recipients of the certificate go through the immigration ministry afterwards for further verification. This includes a criminal records check and a medical exam.

Quebec Skilled Worker Program

Shortage of skilled labour in BC Quebec Ontario

Shortage of skilled labour in B.C., Quebec & Ontario – Canadian Federation of Independent Business

The monthly survey by Canadian Federation of Independent business has shared that more than 47% of Small Canadian Businesses are facing a shortage of skilled labour.  
The business barometer survey results, report an increasing trend from a shortage of 10 % in Jan 2016 to 20% in Jan 2018   The employers are ending up limiting their hiring plan and demanding the employees to enhance their skills and expand their work profile.   The maximum demand for skilled labour was found in sectors like construction, transportation, personal services and natural resources.
  These results were based on randomly selected replies from 655 federation members for the monthly Business Barometer survey.   The CFIB has been instrumental in helping solve Canada’s labour shortage, especially for the higher-skilled positions.   In regions outside the Montreal Metropoliton area Quebec has taken action to manage the labour shortage.. To take it further Quebec has initiated a new Expression of Interest system for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program which will partially meet the demand of skilled worker.  
Ontario has changed the minimum score requirement for its Human Capital Priorities Stream, in the Express Entry system for eligible economic immigration candidates.   The Comprehensive Ranking System(CRS) score for eligible Express Entry candidates has been made flexible to cater to the skilled worker requirement the province.   The minimum threshold CRS score of 400, has been done away with and the Ontario score requirement will be left to the discretion of the director in charge of the province’s immigrant nominee program, the OINP.
  The economic priorities and the labour market needs of the province will now be the deciding factor for the minimum score. The latest Human Capital Priorities Stream was at a score of 350 for Express Entry candidates for a job offer in Ontario.   The Canadian provinces and territories have a need based Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) in which they send Invitation to apply to a fixed number of economic immigration candidates for Canadian permanent residence each year.