Quebec Seeks to Retain More International Graduates


The Quebec government will invest $1.6 million in a program ‘I Choose Montreal’ for encouraging international students to stay in the Montreal after their graduation. This program will be run by Economic Development Organization Montréal International and will be focused on college, university and vocational students in the Greater Montréal area. The idea was developed in the meeting with the MIDI – Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion.

As per a report from Montréal International, this program will be a combination of activities such as job fairs for students and workshops with MIDI. A website is also launched lately that provides information to international students and temporary immigrants wishing to make Quebec their permanent home.

The government believes that it is important to make the efforts in getting as many young international students as possible to stay in Quebec. They can help the economy grow as they hold a Quebec degree, speak French and are already familiar with culture and society. Raising Quebec’s international profile will benefit the community and strengthen its position in global research networks. The initiative is constant with future international policy of Quebec.

The province provides a fast-track Quebec Experience Class for the individuals with diploma from a Quebec post-secondary institution or with work experiences in the province. International graduates from Quebec institutes may apply for Quebec Selection Certificate with which they then can apply for permanent residence status to the federal government.

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