3. The Minister is responsible for the planning, coordination and implementation of government policies respecting immigrants and foreign nationals who settle temporarily in Québec otherwise than as the representative of a foreign government or as an international civil servant.
His functions are to inform, recruit and select such persons, facilitate their settling in Québec and ensure their harmonious integration into Québec society and more particularly with the francophone majority.
The selection of foreign nationals wishing to settle permanently or temporarily in Québec intended, in particular,
(a) to contribute to the enrichment of the socio-cultural heritage of Québec, to the stimulation of its economic development and to the pursuit of its demographic objectives;
(b) to facilitate the reuniting, in Québec, of Canadian citizens and permanent residents with their close relatives from abroad;
(c) to enable Québec to assume its share of responsibilities regarding the reception of refugees and other persons in a particularly distressful situation;
(d) to favour the coming, among foreign nationals who apply therefor, of persons who will be able to become successfully established in Québec;
(e) to facilitate the conditions of the stay in Québec of foreign nationals wishing to study, work temporarily or receive medical treatment, having regard to the reasons for their coming and the capacity of Québec to receive them.
The Minister shall, for those purposes:
(a) study the available data respecting the needs of the labour market in Québec, the employment available there and the opportunity for settlement there by immigrants, having regard to the characteristics of the population and the programmes for the development of the territory;
(b) carry on studies and research regarding emigration pools susceptible of providing Québec with immigrants and regarding the steps to be taken for their recruitment and selection;
(c) take the necessary measures to inform, recruit, select and favour the establishment of such persons on the territory in relation to the demographic, economic and socio-cultural needs of Québec, while respecting their right to mobility; the activities of information, recruitment and selection on foreign soil shall be carried out within the framework of policy on international affairs and through the agency of the Minister of International Affairs;
(d) establish and maintain immigrants aid services to receive and assist immigrants upon their arrival in Québec and give them any assistance necessary, to keep in touch with them and give them any assistance they need;
(e) take the measures necessary so that the persons who settle in Québec may acquire the knowledge of the French language upon arrival or even before they leave their country of origin;
(f) establish and maintain services of adaptation entrusted with the harmonious integration of immigrants into Québec society and more particularly with the francophone majority;
(g) take with the departments concerned the necessary measures to establish standards for the recognition in Québec of diplomas obtained abroad and studies undertaken or training received there and experience acquired, in view of the assignment of corresponding equivalents;
(h) define goals regarding the number of foreign nationals that may be admitted over a given period, having regard, in particular, to the demographic, economic and socio-cultural needs of Québec.
1968, c. 68, s. 3; 1969, c. 9, s. 3; 1974, c. 6, s. 111; 1974, c. 64, s. 2; 1978, c. 82, s. 2; 1988, c. 41, s. 69.