Quebec’s Three Pilot Programs: New immigration pathways
Quebec’s three Pilot Programs are now all set and soon will be implemented. On Oct 28, 2020, The Government of Quebec has released the draft regulation for the implementation of these three pilot programs.
Quebec’s Three Pilot Programs are as followed:
- The pilot program for orderlies;
- The pilot program for workers in the artificial intelligence (AI), information technologies (IT), and visual effects sectors;
- The pilot program for workers in food processing (FP).
The Pilot Program for Orderlies:
The province-wide shortage of orderlies that has become painfully apparent amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Now to solve the null Quebec decided to bring 550 candidates per year to work as nurses aides and beneficiary attendants.
In order to be eligible for the program, applicants will have to have worked as orderlies in their home countries for at least two years and will be required to work in Quebec for two more years to receive permanent residence. If these criteria are met, they will automatically be allowed to stay.
The pilot program for workers in the artificial intelligence (AI), information technologies (IT), and visual effects sectors:
The Pilot program is basically introduced to attract global talent in AI or Information Technology sectors in Quebec. Here the program will also allow 550 potential candidates to apply and it will also last for 5 years.
The pilot program for workers in food processing (FP):
The Pilot Program will allow temporary foreign workers working in food processing sectors to get permanent residence. Just like the previous two Pilot Programs, it will also allow a total of 550 workers and their families per year.
When immigrants apply to come to Quebec, they must demonstrate level-seven knowledge of French (an intermediate or advanced knowledge). There were a few ways for people to prove this: to take a test, to follow a French-language course, or to have gone to a French high school for three years.
Right now, there are no French-language requirements for husbands and wives of principal applicants for permanent residency in Quebec. The CAQ announced today that in a year from now, spouses will have to demonstrate a level-four knowledge of French.
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