SIGNIFICANT IMPORTANCE OF COMMON VALUES FOR NEW IMMIGRANTS

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Effective from January 1, 2020, the individuals and families intent to settle in Quebec will have to obtain ‘an attestation of learning about democratic values and the Quebec values’. The Information on the values test was published in the Government of Quebec’s Official Gazette, a government publication, on Wednesday, October 30, 2019.

“I think it’s important when you settle in a new society to understand its values” said François Legault, the Premier of Quebec, to the crowd of reporters.

The Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) has said that in order to promote better integration of immigrants into Québec society, these measures are necessary. It will apply to all economic immigration programs, the Quebec Experience Program (PEQ), Regular Skilled Workers (PRTQ), Self-Employed Worker Program, Entrepreneur Program and Investor Program.

More About Common Values Test:

Immigration Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette explained the test will include 20 questions from 200, based on Quebec Values expressed by the Charter of human rights and freedoms.

The prospective immigrants will have a time of 90 minutes to complete the exam comprised of 20 randomly selected questions. This new condition to pass a test on democratic values and Quebec values will apply to principal applicant, their spouse (aged 16 or over), dependent children aged 18 or over.

According to the section 24.3 of Quebec’s Official Gazette, Immigrants will be expected to go through an online test to meet the 75 % threshold. If they don’t obtain the passing grade, they can take the test a second time, after a period of two weeks. As per section 24.4, after two failures, they may choose to participate in the course provided, in Quebec, prescribed by the Minister on those values or take a third assessment. This course will take place in Quebec over a 4-day period (6 hours/day) for a total of 24 hours.

However, it will not apply to foreign nationals who have a medical condition that prevents them from obtaining the attestation.

Some Common Values info can be:

  • Quebec is a free and democratic society.
  • Political and religious powers are separate in Quebec.
  • Quebec is a pluralist society.
  • Quebec society is based on the rule of law.
  • Women and men have the same rights.
  • The exercise of human rights and freedoms must respect the rights and freedoms of others and the general well being.

Increase in Immigration Levels

Quebec government took another step on immigration issue. Quebec Immigration Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette has announced to increase the immigration level to 44,500 which were 40,000 this year. Quebec targets 2,100 to 2,800 business immigrants in 2020.