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Quebec is preparing to launch an immigration pilot program that targets workers in artificial intelligence (AI), information technology (IT) and visual effects (VFX).
Background: The pilot program is one of three immigration programs Quebec is preparing to launch. The other two proposed programs are for workers in food processing and those working as nurses’ aides and orderlies. Officials published draft regulations for the three programs in the Official Gazette of Quebec in October 2020. The programs were initially expected to launch in January 2021. They have not yet been implemented, however, and the government has yet to provide any updates regarding the launch date.
Analysis & Comments: The program for AI, IT and VFX workers program provides a unique opportunity for tech-driven clients. We are currently assisting clients in identifying employees who might wish to participate in the program, and we are gathering preliminary information with a view to being prepared for the launch date announcement. We continue to monitor the situation closely and will more in-depth information and instructions as information becomes available. Please contact your Deloitte or de Lint LLP representative if you would like more information on anticipatory actions you can take.
This alert was prepared by de Lint LLP, an independent immigration law firm, allied with Deloitte LLP in Canada.
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