The new plan is, in many ways, similar to the Express Entry system used by the federal government of Canada for the selection of economic immigrants.
Under the new system, candidates seeking to immigrate as skilled workers will be required to “declare their interest” bv submitting an online profile, and will be added to a bank of candidates for a predetermined period. Applicants who most closely meet Québec’s needs will be invited to submit a formal immigration application on a priority basis. At the end of the predetermined period, candidates who have not been invited to apply will be removed from the bank.
The government of Québec staes that this “dynamic, avant-garde immigration system” is inspired by systems that have already been implemented in countries such as New Zealand, Australia, and Canada. Further, the government added that it will “increase candidate interest and help garner public support for immigration by better aligning Québec’s needs with immigrants’ profiles.”
Individuals trained in job sectors that are in high-demand will be targeted for immigration first. When asked about what can be done for highly-trained workers like doctors and engineers to get their qualification recognized, Weil said the government and employers will have to step up.
“It’s our objective to do much better.[…] We seek to have their qualification partially or fully recognized before they get here. We need to solve these problems. We have to mobilize all the players.”
Learning French is seen as integral to having the program work.
“We need to be more flexible to open more French courses. We are going to offer it to foreign students and temporary workers. […] It’s the first sense of insecurity new immigrants have.”