In a letter to the Minister of Immigration, Francization and Integration, Ms. Nadine Girault, Ombudsperson Marie Rinfret commented on the draft Regulation to amend the Québec Immigration Regulation. The Regulation proposes changes to the criteria candidates must fulfill in order to file an application for permanent selection under the Québec experience program (PEQ).
Even if she feels that the changes regarding knowledge of the French language are reasonable, the Ombudsperson considers that the addition of a requirement concerning baseline work experience for graduates is unwarranted.
As for temporary foreign workers, Ms. Rinfret says that she is concerned that the minimum full-time work experience required for applying for permanent selection would increase from 12 months to 36 months. In her opinion, because of this new requirement, skilled workers might be less interested in coming to Québec. Moreover, if the draft Regulation is passed as is, unskilled temporary foreign workers would no longer be able to apply. This despite the fact that less than two years ago, the Department had allowed it. Ms. Rinfret wonders about this change of course.
Given all of the above, the Ombudsperson has made four recommendations to the Department.