Quebec Chambers of Commerce Want to ‘Depoliticize’ Immigration

The FCCQ chief wants an end to the numbers war and the debate over how many immigrants Quebec needs in the context of labor shortages.

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The Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec calls for the issue of immigration to be “depoliticized” and for a clear definition of the province’s ability to accept newcomers to be established.

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FCCQ President Charles Milliard said he wants an end to the numbers war over the issue, as well as the debate over how many immigrants Quebec needs in the context of a labor shortage.

Last week, the FCCQ joined other business groups calling for higher immigration levels, up to 80,000 or 90,000 a year — levels that exceed those set by the Legault government by 30,000 to 40,000.

Milliard told Presse Canadienne that he first wants a regional breakdown of Quebec’s ability to receive immigrants, with clear parameters, including the availability of public services such as day care, family doctors, recreational infrastructure and public transport.

With these numbers in hand, it will be possible to objectively calculate Quebec’s ability to receive more immigrants, he said.

The FCCQ regretted that any debate on the matter was postponed until next year after the provincial elections.

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