In an interview with the French-language Radio Canada television network, Quebec Immigration Minister Jean Boulet downplayed this year’s increase in immigration to the province. The province is expected to reach a new peak of 71,275 new permanent residents in 2022, up more than 41.7 percent from 50,285 last year, as the province attempts to make up for candidates who were unable to come at the height of the COVID-19. If the government does decide to increase immigration levels above current rates, that would result in 20,990 more new permanent residents in Quebec this year than it was last year.