With the increasing shortage of talented youth in Quebec, the province announced aims for a program that will encourage foreign students to stay back in Quebec after completing their graduation to meet the increasing demand for skilled workforce in the respective fields. As of the sources, to make this initiative reach the highest levels of success, the government has announced to fund $ 1.6 million to this new program. While this program shall be for all graduates, a great emphasis would be laid onto retaining the graduates who qualify for the sectors high-in-demand in Quebec.
Immigration Minister, Kathleen Weil stated that the program shall be operated by the Montreal International and will target graduates who are studying high-demand sectors. The Chief Executive of Montreal International, Hubert Bolduc said “the aim is to get 9000 students to remain in Montreal after graduation, up from the current 3000. About 30000 foreign students come to Montreal to study.”