Update: Quebec confirms plan to reduce immigration by about 20%

QUEBEC — Despite a warning from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Quebec is steaming ahead with its plan to reduce its immigration numbers by about 20 per cent.

Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette tabled a plan in the National Assembly on Tuesday. It says Quebec will reduce the total number of new arrivals from 53,300 in 2018 to between 38,000 and 42,000 in 2019.

The plan was tabled even though Quebec and Ottawa have yet to reach an agreement on how it will work.

Quebec controls only part of the total number of new arrivals — that is, economic immigrants who seek  employment or want to invest here.

According to the document, Quebec wants to cut the number of economic immigrants from 31,200 in 2018 to 23,450 in 2019.

The total number under the family unification plan, which Ottawa controls, would drop from 11,700 to 8,900.

The refugee category — also…

Original published: 2018-12-04 21:14:32 Read the full Montreal News here

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