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Québec does not rule out tightening the criteria reception of foreign workers

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Prime Minister François Legault maintains that discussions surrounding the rebalancing of powers regarding immigration, between Ottawa and Quebec, are going well.

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Faced with the rapid increase in the Quebec population, which crossed 9 million this Thursday, François Legault is examining a possible tightening of criteria for welcoming temporary foreign workers.

At a press briefing during the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) caucus, Prime Minister François Legault was questioned about the recent jump in the Quebec population, mainly due to immigration.

Should the criteria for welcoming temporary foreign workers be tightened? We can't rule that out. We are looking into it, he replied.

The number of temporary foreign workers in Canada has increased by almost 150% in 10 years, according to Statistics Canada. In 2022, more than 136,000 permits for this immigration category, managed jointly between Ottawa and Quebec, were issued by Ottawa.

Au Quebec, the number of temporary immigrants reached a record last year. It has climbed by almost half in one year, to almost 530,000 people, many of them workers.

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François Legault also reiterated his call to slow down the reception of applicants x27;asylum.

Having nearly 150,000 asylum seekers at the same time puts pressure on housing, health services and education. This poses a challenge for the future of French. What we think is that we must reduce the number.

A quote from François Legault, Prime Minister of Quebec

At 9:20 a.m. Eastern Time, Statistics Canada's population clock saw the millions column change for Quebec. It had stood at 8 since December 2011. The milestone of 7 million inhabitants was exceeded in 1990.

Currently, 800 people are added to the province's population every day, according to Statistics Canada.

Quebec is among the seven provinces (along with Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan) which saw their population is growing at a rate never observed since comparable data has existed, indicates Statistics Canada.

The latest statistical forecasts rather anticipated the passing of the 9 million mark in 2026, or even 2027. […] We are a little surprised, says Richard Marcoux, sociodemographer, director of the Department of Sociology at Laval University and the Demographic and Statistical Observatory of the Francophone Space, in an interview at the microphone of the show All a morning.

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Richard Marcoux, full professor in the Department of Sociology and director of the Demographic and Statistical Observatory of the Francophone Space at Laval University

Quebec has experienced strong population growth over the past two years. As of July 1 of last year, it was 2.3% year-on-year.

In comparison, for the entire interval 2011-2016, the demographic jump was 3.3%.

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The main factor in the province's population increase is immigration.

Of the 800 new Quebecers added every day, more than 600 are non-permanent residents, according to Statistics Canada data compiled by La Presse.

In 2022, Quebec welcomed 68,700 immigrants and 86,700 non-permanent residents, a peak in the last fifty years.

Sociodemographer Richard Marcoux believes that data related to immigration must always be treated with sensitivity.

The migratory impact, particularly on the housing crisis, must be put into perspective. He particularly regrets the statements of Minister Drainville, who yesterday called for an end to the open immigration bar in Ottawa.

At the beginning of the 20th century, we also welcomed many immigrants. In terms of weight over population, we are on a similar ratio. Behind the numbers we talk about, there are humans.

A quote from Richard Marcoux, sociodemographer, director of the Department of Sociology at Laval University and the Demographic and Statistical Observatory of the Francophone Space

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In terms of natural increase, the number of births remains limited in Quebec. In the third quarter of 2023, 20,700 births were recorded, compared to 18,100 deaths.

In 2022, natural increase was the lowest ever registered in the province, i.e. 2300 people.

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