Quebec Introduces ‘Values Test’ Which Immigrants Must Pass
A Canadian province will soon require economic immigrants to pass a “values test” under a newly proposed policy.
Immigrants to Canada who want to settle in Quebec will soon be required to pass a provincial values test.
Starting Jan. 1, immigrants will have to prove they have learned “democratic values and Quebec values” in order to obtain a selection certificate, the first step toward permanent residency for immigrants wanting to live in the province.
Some say the questions are not much tougher than those immigrants already answer to obtain Canadian citizenship.
Who Will This Test Affect?
Quebec has the power to select immigrants in the qualified worker or economic category, which means the values test will apply to those candidates. It will not apply to candidates applying under refugee or family unification programs, which Ottawa controls exclusively.
As of January, a qualified worker seeking to live here will have 60 days to take the new values test, after they have passed through the new Arrima selection process and been invited to make a request for a CSQ.
Minors or those who have a medical condition that prevents them from obtaining the certificate would be exempt.
What to Expect of the Test
The 20-question evaluation will focus on issues including democracy, French-speaking Quebec society, state secularism, and equality between men and women. These questions will be chosen randomly from a bank of 200 questions.
Its goal is to ensure those newcomers “integrate in French into Quebec society and adhere to Quebec values”, said provincial immigration minister Simon Jolin-Barrette.
Applicants will have to get 75 percent of the answers right to pass. If they fail, they can take the test a second time. After a second failure, they are then obliged to take a daylong “Objectif intégration,” crash course and then take a third try at the test.
It’s only if candidates fail all their attempts or do not take the course that their files are closed and they have to start the immigration request process all over from the start, Jolin-Barrette said at a news conference.
If a candidate is already living in Quebec, he or she can just take the course and skip the test altogether.
Examples questions include: “In Quebec, men and women have the same rights and are considered equal by law, true or false?” and “Identify which of the following examples are discriminatory: refusing to hire a women who is pregnant, a person who doesn’t have the required diploma, or a person based on their ethnicity.”
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