Quebec Announces Its Immigration Targets For 2023

Quebec Announces Its Immigration Targets For 2023

Canadian province of Quebec released its immigration target plan for 2023 on December 8. It will admit up to 52,500 new permanent residents in 2023, the majority will be admitted under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) and the Québec experience program (PEQ).


The province’s economic immigration streams will target a maximum target of 33,900 newcomers, categorized as 

  • 29,500 skilled workers 
  • up to 4,300 business immigrants, which would include investors, entrepreneurs, and the self-employed.

The 2023 Quebec immigration plan closely follows the 2022 plan set out under the leadership of current premier François Legault. The Ministry of Immigration, Francization, and Integration expect that 79% of economic immigrants in 2023 will have knowledge of the French language, as well as 66% of immigrants across all categories.

Take this free assessment online to determine your eligibility for Quebec immigration. 

Current Job Vacancies in Quebec

Statistics Canada noted an increase in employment levels in Quebec with most of the reported employment gains concentrated in Montréal. 

The overall employment increased by 28,000 jobs in Quebec, while the provincial unemployment rate reached a new record low of 3.8% as per the latest labor force survey for November 2022. 

The provincial government is taking measures to address labor shortages by increasing Quebec immigration levels. The eastern province is making it easier for employers to hire more temporary foreign workers. Given the retention rate in Canada, these temporary foreign workers may qualify for Canadian permanent residency in a couple of years. 

The need for qualified workers in Quebec will continue to grow, especially in health care, social assistance, educational services, information technology, and construction industries.

Get in touch with our expert consultants to know the latest job vacancies in Quebec. 

Canadian Permanent Residency via Quebec Immigration

Arrima system is a dedicated online portal to submit EOI for Quebec immigration under the Skilled Worker Program. It is modeled after the federal Express Entry system. 

Equivalent to the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) in the federal Express Entry system, candidates are ranked in Arrima based on score which is dependent on factors such as their age, education, proficiency in French, area of training, and work experience. 

Eligible candidates are invited to apply for a Quebec Selection Certificate (Certificat de sélection du Québec, or CSQ) based on either their scores or other factors such as labor shortages in the province’s outlying regions. Those who apply for and receive a CSQ are required to apply for Canadian permanent residency through the federal Immigration Ministry which verifies medical and criminal admissibility.

Quebec Immigration Arrima Draw Review

Quebec Arrima draws for Quebec Immigration target candidates with a valid job offer outside the Montréal Metropolitan area and who work in occupations that are currently in high demand in Quebec. 

List of 21 most targeted occupations by Quebec: 

  • NOC 0213 Computer and information systems managers
  • NOC 2147 Computer engineers 
  • NOC 2173 Software engineers and designers
  • NOC 3012 Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
  • NOC 3233 Licensed practical nurses
  • NOC 3413 Nurse aides, orderlies, and patient service associates
  • NOC 4031 Secondary school teachers
  • NOC 4032 Elementary school and kindergarten teachers
  • NOC 4214 Early childhood educators and assistants
  • NOC 5223 Graphic arts technicians
  • NOC 5241 Graphic designers and illustrators
  • NOC 2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers
  • NOC 2175 Web designers and developers
Other Skilled Work
  • NOC 6221 Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade
  • NOC 2241 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
  • NOC 2281 Computer network technicians
  • NOC 2282 User support technicians
  • NOC 2283 Information systems testing technicians
  • NOC 2171 Information systems analysts and consultants
  • NOC 2172 Database analysts and data administrators
  • NOC 5131 Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations

Quebec invites nurses regularly and attracts Engineers, Designers, Educators, and international students who are in search of better career opportunities. However, Quebec immigration programs are distinct from federal & other provincial immigration programs to obtain Canadian permanent residency.

Quebec aims to process complete applications within 6 months. 

If you’re looking for better career opportunities or study abroad options, Canada should be on your top priority list. Book your free consultation with CanApprove to explore more immigration options based on your work experience and academic profile.

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