Quebec is no longer the white city of yesteryear

Quebec is no longer the white city of yesteryear

UPGRADE DAY

Quebec is no longer the white and homogeneous city that is still too often depicted, claims Bruno Marchand. In a vibrant plea for diversity, the mayor of Quebec seeks to break the myth of the capital “monobloc “.

For several years, the City of Quebec has been experiencing a “happy transformation” and its “increasing ethno-cultural diversity” is little known, according to the mayor who published an open letter today on the occasion of the launch of an awareness campaign on diversity and living together.

It should be noted that his letter was written before that a controversy breaks out over a Korean restaurant in Sillery which is struggling to serve its customers in French. By deeming the situation “unacceptable”, the mayor has drawn the wrath of the opposition, which accuses him of being intolerant of a newcomer himself.

Near 40,000 immigrants

“Diversity is not an objective in Quebec, it is a fact. In the 2016 census, 7.2% of Quebec citizens were immigrants. Nearly 40,000 immigrants have chosen Quebec to live, fulfill themselves, work, start a family, raise their children,” he underlines in broad strokes.

The next data from Statistics Canada, expected this fall, “will certainly confirm the upward trend”, he adds, which testifies to “the attractiveness of our city and its openness to the world”.

More beautiful and stronger

“Without a doubt, Quebec is now breaking with the image of a one-piece capital. It is ready to welcome more immigrants and to promote its multiple cultures. The opening of our horizons, of our hearts, of our businesses will make our city even more beautiful, even stronger,” argues Bruno Marchand.

With an unemployment rate below 3% and a labor shortage that gives employers headaches, the business community has already realized, he says, that they have “everything to gain from being open to ethnocultural diversity.” .

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