The government of Quebec is sticking to its plan to bring around 51,000 new immigrants to the province in 2017. Quebec’s Immigration Minister, Kathleen Weil, confirmed the figure this week, while also providing details on a plan to provide an additional $31 million to French language-training programs for newcomers. Total government spending in that area will now be $168 million a year.
Despite resistance from opposition parties, Weil stressed that the Liberal government’s plan to maintain annual immigration levels over 50,000 is the best course for the province, which has a unique immigration agreement with the federal government whereby it selects its own economic immigrants. Weil added that she expects to raise the number of immigrants again to 52,500 per year by 2019.