cent: Within that category, the province has so far accepted 41 per cent fewer skilled workers than it did in the first six months of last year, according to CTV. The numbers were compiled by Jack Jedwab, president of the Canadian Institute for Identities and Migration, using data from the federal Immigration Department. In the first six months of 2019, the number of immigrants to Quebec in the economic category fell by 32 per cent compared with the same period in 2018. Premier Francois Legault was elected last October on a promise to cut immigration by 20 per cent in 2019 compared with 2018 levels. But Legault and his immigration minister, Simon Jolin-Barrette, have repeatedly stated that while Quebec would receive fewer newcomers overall in 2019 and in the three subsequent years, those accepted would be better suited to meet the province's economic needs. Too many newcomers weren't finding work within the first five years of arriving and too few spoke French, he said. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.