Bloomberg Law
May 26, 2023, 1:25 PM

Quebec Opens Door to More Immigrants - If They Speak French

Mathieu Dion

Quebec is considering a policy change to welcome more immigrants, with one condition: it only wants French speakers.

The Canadian province is under pressure from business groups to loosen its cap on the number of permanent newcomers it lets in, to alleviate a labor shortage. The government of Premier Francois Legault now says one option is to gradually increase the limit to 60,000 people a year — a 20% bump. But knowledge of the province’s dominant language will be mandatory for the majority of them.

“In the future and this is the first time in the history of Quebec, to ...

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