April 14, 2024

Our parliamentary workplace has discovered that Quebec is now requiring international staff to have a sure degree of French proficiency when renewing their residence allow.

Subsequently, momentary immigrants who’re already in Quebec due to a short lived international work allow should display a sure degree of French proficiency orally, however not in writing, when making use of for an extension after three years.

The introduction of such a requirement is a primary in Quebec. Final Might, Le Journal revealed that the federal government had the facility to impose language necessities when admitting international staff and college students, however had by no means taken any precautions in opposition to this.

This risk has been the topic of intensive discussions within the Council of Ministers in latest months. Some argued that with out such a measure it will not be doable to halt the decline of the French language, whereas others feared the affect it may have given the labor scarcity.

However the authorities was lastly rocked by the discharge of Statistics Canada’s newest information, which exhibits there are presently 470,976 momentary immigrants of all classes mixed in Quebec.

Of those, 200,522 folks have work permits, both beneath the Momentary Overseas Employee Program (TFWP) (managed by Quebec) or beneath the Worldwide Mobility Program (IMP), managed by Ottawa.

This measure would solely apply to people holding a Momentary Overseas Work Allow (TFWP). Based on Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), as of December 31, 35,180 folks had been residing in Quebec due to this program.

Moreover, the measure would presently don’t have any affect on international college students. Observe that Quebec doesn’t have management over all international college students, as a big proportion are solely beneath the jurisdiction of Ottawa.

Based on our info, this measure was additionally mentioned as a part of Minister Jean-François Roberge’s plan on the French language, which might be introduced later within the autumn. Lastly, this might be introduced as a part of the multi-year planning for immigration to Quebec 2024-2027, introduced on Wednesday by Immigration Minister Christine Fréchette.

As a part of the consultations on this plan, French Language Commissioner Benoit Dubreuil had additionally proposed to the federal government to cut back the proportion of momentary residence allow holders who don’t converse French, on the grounds that “English could be very current amongst momentary staff”.