More than 51,000 temporary foreign workers who have already been selected by the provincial government are waiting for their permanent residency in Quebec. Lengthy processing delays made the province ask for help from the Federal Government. Minister Mendicino expressed his pleasure that ‘Quebec is now willing to participate in the temporary open work permit program which is already in place for economic immigrants in other provinces and territories.’ Within the next month or so applicants residing in Quebec will be able to get open work permits.