Expression of interest numbers reveal Quebec’s immigration appeal despite controversies

More than 91,000 immigration candidates have submitted expressions of interest through Quebec’s online Arrima portal since it opened last September — a six-month period dominated by the rise of the province’s new Coalition Avenir Québec government.  

The Arrima portal was introduced September 18, 2018, to manage profiles submitted to the Quebec Skilled Worker Program after it was switched to an Expression Of Interest (EOI) system by the previous Liberal government, which then lost Quebec’s general election on October 1, 2018, to the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ).

An EOI system requires interested candidates to create a profile that is then entered into the bank of candidates for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program.

Profiles contain information on a candidate’s education, work experience, area of training and proficiency in French, among other details, and invitations to apply for a Quebec Selection Certificate (Certificat de sélection du Québec, or CSQ) may be issued to candidates based on these and other potential factors, such as labour demand in a given region of Quebec.