Friday, September 05, 2008

Quebec



Quebec is the only Canadian province whose sole official language is French at the provincial level. Population in Quebec is predominantly French speaking.

Although marginalized, various Filipino groups and supporters organized a support group called Kapit Bisig Center (KBC). KBC aims to address the needs of Quebec's Filipino community. Its specific objectives are to gather information about the Filipino community, identify emerging issues, deepen understanding and analysis of the community, provide accessible and culturally-sensitive services, and to systematize method of delivery of services.

Filipino Organizations in Quebec
Philippine Women Center-Quebec,
SIKLAB-Quebec,
Kabataang Montreal-Ugnayan ng Kabataang Pilipino sa Canada,
Filipino Nurses Support Group (FNSG),
Philippines-Canada Task Force on Human Rights (PCTFHR),
Sinag Bayan Cultural Collective of Quebec,
National Alliance of Philippine Women in Canada (NAPWC).

Filipino Nurses Association of Quebec

Quebec Immigration Program

The Government of Canada and the Quebec government have an agreement that allows Quebec to select immigrants who best meet its immigration needs.

Under the Canada-Quebec Accord on Immigration, Quebec establishes its own immigration requirements and selects immigrants who will adapt well to living in Quebec.

If you want to come to Canada as a Quebec-selected skilled worker, you must first apply to the Quebec government for a certificate of selection (Certificat de sélection du Québec), the official document that shows that the Government of Quebec has accepted you for immigration to its province.

After you have been selected by Quebec, you have to make a separate application to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for permanent residence. A CIC officer will assess your application based on Canadian immigration regulations.

Quebec's Economy

Over the last number of years, Québec has had a strong economic performance. The largest Canadian province, Québec has a gross domestic product (GDP) of more than $285 billion Canadian, 70 % of which comes from the service sector. The GDP is equivalent to approximately US$250 billion or $EUR200 billion.

Although it is not a country, the province of Québec has an economy whose scope compares with that of Portugal. Its economy therefore ranks 40th in the world, and 20th in terms of Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries. Furthermore, Québec's GDP per person, it surpasses that of Italy and Spain.

Québec is split into 17 administrative regions. Each of its regions has distinct economic forces, which makes it possible to draw up an economic profile for each one of them. This profile, broken down by sections, informs you on the demography, the workforce, private and public investments, manufacturing statistics, personal income, exports, and knowledge economy. [Source]

Related Links
Official Website of the Government of Quebec
Finding Job in Quebec
Weather Conditions and Forecasts
Official tourist site of the Government of Québec

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This is part of series of entries to help applicants decide where to settle in Canada.