Quebec Liberal Party proposes new measures to integrate immigrants into the labour market

QUÉBEC, May 21, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Filomena Rotiroti, Official Opposition critic for Immigration and Recognition of Competencies and Member of the National Assembly for Jeanne-Mance-Viger, today introduced in the National Assembly, Bill 394, An Act to amend the Act respecting immigration to Québec and other legislative provisions. Its principle measures target better integration of immigrants into the labour market.

"Every year, nearly 50,000 immigrants choose Quebec as their new home. We believe immigration is a positive force in economic, social and cultural development. As an inclusive society, we must ensure that these new immigrants have the tools and the information they need to become involved stakeholders in our society from the moment they arrive in Quebec," declared Mrs. Rotiroti.

This bill includes the electoral commitments of the Quebec Liberal Party. Essentially, this bill proposes to:

  • Review the list of favoured training backgrounds that offer the best possibilities for job entry in Quebec in real time and award more points to those who have a job offer;
  • Simplify and accelerate the process to allow qualified workers to obtain a comparative evaluation;
  • Support concerted action among regional economic organizations that maximize the contribution of immigrant entrepreneurs;
  • See to it that foreign nationals can submit a request for a selection certificate as entrepreneurs using Quebec venture capital funds to start up their business;
  • Evaluate recognized occupational qualifications to obtain employment authorization from a professional order when immigrants want to practice a regulated occupation in Quebec.

"Unfortunately, the minister of Immigration and Cultural Communities and minister responsible for the Charter of the French language, Diane De Courcy, seems too occupied with dividing Quebecers over linguistic issues to concern herself with the integration of immigrants into the labour market. Therefore, we have decided to propose a bill respecting immigration, because for the Quebec Liberal Party, immigration is an important economic lever. I ask Minister De Courcy to read this bill and respond to it in a timely manner. In the current labour market, the contribution of immigrant workers is essential," stated Mrs. Rotiroti.

By 2020, Emploi-Québec estimates that 1.4 million jobs will need to be filled and the contribution of immigration will climb to 17%. When the Quebec Liberal Party formed the government, it initiated several important actions both in the area of francization and in the area of regionalization in order to ensure the full integration of immigrants to Quebec.

SOURCE: Aile parlementaire du Parti libéral du Québec


Charles Robert
Press Secretary
Liberal Parliamentary Wing