A Guide To Quebec Immigration Programs

How To Immigrate To Quebec – A Guide To Quebec Immigration Programs

Canada offers a number of immigration programs to help skilled workers immigrate to Canada and contribute to the country’s economy from day one.

The French-speaking province of Quebec is gaining a lot of popularity for those looking for a unique blend of European and Canadian culture. Quebec’s economy has always been resource-based. The land around the St. Lawrence river supports a province’s agriculture industry. Some of the other important industries are fisheries, forestry and pulp production, and hydroelectricity.

Quebec operates multiple immigration programs enabling eligible candidates to secure Canadian permanent residence in Quebec. According to an agreement with the federal government, the province of Quebec has significantly more autonomy in immigration policies and procedures.

Due to this, Quebec’s immigration programs are often treated separately from other provinces’. Here is a comprehensive guide on everything you need to know about the Quebec immigration programs.

In this article, we will cover:

Overview of provincial immigration programs for permanent residency in Quebec

Quebec’s agreement with the Canadian government provides more freedom to the province to specifically choose candidates who they believe will adapt well to living there. The province will offer you a Quebec Selection Certificate (Certificat de sélection du Québec) if you are deemed to be the right fit.

Quebec invites skilled workers, entrepreneurs, and foreign students using the following immigration streams:

Quebec Skilled Worker Program: This stream is for candidates with relevant training and work experience required to address the labor shortages in Quebec.

Quebec Entrepreneur Program: This stream is for individuals who wish to migrate to Quebec permanently and start a new business or buy an existing one.

Self-Employed Worker Program: This stream is for individuals who wish to practice a profession or business activity and make a deposit in the region where they intend to work.

Quebec Experience Program (PEQ): Also known as Programme de l’expérience québécoise, this stream is for international students graduating from Quebec or temporary foreign workers with a minimum 2 years of work experience in Quebec.

Permanent Immigration Pilot Programs: This stream is for temporary foreign workers who want to settle in Quebec and work in one of the following industries or roles:

  • Food processing workers
  • Orderlies
  • Workers in the artificial intelligence, information technology, and visual effects sectors.


Provincial Nominee Programs – Moving To Canada As A Permanent Resident (PR)

How to qualify for Quebec immigration

Mandatory requirements for Quebec Skilled Worker Program

This stream is for experienced foreign skilled workers with relevant skills, training, and French-language proficiency.

  • Minimum 50 out of 103 points based on education, age, work experience, family situation, mastery of French and English.
  • Age 18 years or older.
  • Language proficiency in French equivalent to NCLC Level 7.
  • Must be in Quebec legally at the time of application.
  • Proof of funds to support yourself and your family for the first three months.
  • Intend to permanently live and work in Quebec.


Mandatory Requirements for Quebec Entrepreneur Program

This stream is for experienced foreign entrepreneurs willing to establish a new business or buy an existing one in Quebec.

  • Must establish and operate your business where you have received a service offer from either a business accelerator, incubator, or university entrepreneurship centre.
  • The organization must prove its ability to support the applicant and their project.
  • The organization must mention the list of services it intends to offer the applicant to help them accomplish their project. 
  • The organization must submit a support plan, operations plan, and outline its expertise.
  • Applicants under this stream have to carry out the business project alone or with up to a maximum of three other foreign applicants who have submitted applications for the same project.
  • Must be willing to live and work in Quebec
  • Your permanent residence application will also be assessed on:
    • Age
    • Level of education 
    • French and English language proficiency
    • Proof of funds
    • Any visits to Quebec
    • Any family in Quebec.

Mandatory Requirements for Self-Employed Worker Program

This stream is for foreign self-employed professionals who wish to work and live in Quebec.

  • Minimum two years self-employment experience in the profession or trade you intend to practice in Quebec.
  • Must practice alone or with others, with or without paid help.
  • Need to make a start-up deposit in the region where you intend to practise. The required deposits are:
    • $25,000 CAD outside the Montreal Metropolitan Community area.
    • $50,000 CAD in the Montreal Metropolitan Community.
  • Proof of minimum of $100,000 CAD in assets and proof of lawful acquisition of funds.
  • Must obtain an attestation of learning about democratic and Quebec values for yourself and all the family members above 18 years of age.
  • Willing to live and work permanently in Quebec.
  • Must contact the regulatory body in Quebec if you wish to practise a regulated profession or trade.
  • Your application will also be assessed on:
    • Your age and the age of your spouse
    • Level of education and level of education of spouse
    • French and English language proficiency
    • Proof of funds
    • Previous visits to Quebec
    • Any family in Quebec.

Mandatory Requirements for Quebec Experience Program (PEQ) – Temporary Foreign Worker

This stream is for foreign temporary workers who wish to work and live in Quebec permanently.

  • Must be in Quebec either as a temporary worker or under the youth exchange program at the time of your application.
  • Must have work experience at NOC Level O, A, or B.
  • Must have a job in the relevant field for at least 24 of the 36 months before starting your application process.
  • Must prove you have respected the conditions of your stay.
  • Age 18 years or older.
  • Proof of settlement funds to support yourself and family. 
  • If your work experience was not continuous but full time, it will be considered.
  • Oral French proficiency to NCLC Level 7.
  • Spouse must have knowledge of oral French proficiency to NCLC Level 4.
  • You intend to permanently live and work in Quebec.

Mandatory Requirements for Quebec Experience Program (PEQ) – Quebec Graduates

This stream is for recent foreign Quebec graduates who wish to permanently work and live in Quebec.

  • Completed an eligible diploma that is Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, Ph.D, Diploma of college studies, technical training or Diploma of vocational studies (DVS).
  • The diploma should have 1,800 hours or more of continuing education leading to a trade.
  • The diploma should be from an educational institute in Quebec 36 months prior to submitting your application. 
  • Must have a valid work permit and eligible work experience in Quebec.
  • Must be in a full-time job at the time of submitting your application.
  • If you are working in NOC Level 0, A, or B, it does not have to be related to your study program.
  • If you are working in NOC Level C, it must be related to the diploma you obtained in Quebec.
  • For all other eligible diplomas, you need to have a minimum 12 months paid, full-time work experience.
  • Mandatory internship work experience of a maximum three months will be considered.
  • Full time work experience that is not continuous will be considered.
  • Must have stayed in Quebec for at least half the duration of your studies.
  • Proof of funds to support yourself and family for the first few months.
  • Must prove you have respected the conditions of your stay.
  • Age to be 18 years or older
  • Oral French should be NCLC Level 7.
  • The spouse must have knowledge of oral French equivalent to NCLC Level 4.
  • Must be in Quebec legally at the time of your application. 
  • You intend to permanently live and work in Quebec.

Mandatory Requirements for permanent immigration pilot program for workers in food processing

This is for foreign food processing workers who wish to permanently work and live in Quebec.

  • Must have an eligible full-time job for a minimum 24 months in Quebec in the last 36 months preceding your application.
  • The list of eligible jobs: 
    • NOC 9462 – Industrial butcher and meat cutter, poultry preparer and related worker
    • NOC 9617 – Labourer in food and beverage processing
    • NOC  9618 – Labourer in fish and seafood
    • NOC  6732 – Specialized cleaner
    • NOC 9461 – Process control and machine operator, food and beverage processing
    • NOC  8431 – General farm worker, but only in the position of chicken catcher
    • NOC 9463 – Fish and seafood plant worker
  • Oral French equivalent to NCLC Level 7.
  • Your work experience and current job must also fall under the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) of the Government of Canada:
    • NAICS 311 – Food manufacturing
    • NAICS 3121 – Beverage manufacturing
  • Your work experience should be full-time, paid, and acquired legally.
  • You need to provide supporting documents and a transcript attesting that you successfully completed a minimum three years of full-time study at a secondary or post-secondary level.
  • Proof of funds to support yourself and your family.
  • Age 18 years or older.
  • You must prove that you have respected the conditions of your stay in Quebec.
  • Must possess an education equivalent to a high school diploma or Quebec diploma of vocational studies.
  • Willing to permanently live and work in Quebec.

Mandatory Requirements for Permanent Immigration Pilot program for orderlies

This stream is for temporary foreign workers who are employed as an orderly in Quebec. The permanent immigration pilot program for orderlies is comprised of two streams:

  • Work
  • Work-study

Criteria common to both streams:

  • You must have a job as an orderly in Quebec at the time of application.
  • Age 18 years or older.
  • Met the conditions of your stay in Quebec.
  • Oral French equivalent to NCLC Level 7.
  • Willing to permanently live and work in Quebec.
  • A transcript proving you successfully completed a minimum three years of full-time study at a secondary or post-secondary level in French.
  • An attestation from your educational institution if your country’s language is not French.
  • Proof of funds to support yourself and your family for the first few months.
  • Your work experience should be full-time, paid and acquired legally.

If you’re applying to this program under the Work stream, you:

  • Completed a full-time diploma of minimum one year and should be relevant to the occupation of an orderly.
  • Minimum 24 months work experience in Quebec during the 36 months prior to submitting your application, or 12 months in a health occupation in the basic personal care field outside of Quebec and 12 months as an orderly in Quebec during the 36 months prior to submitting your application.
  • Your occupation must correspond to one of the following:
    • NOC 3413 – Nurse aide, orderly and patient service associate
    • NOC 3011 – Nursing coordinator and supervisor
    • NOC 3012 – Registered nurse and registered psychiatric nurse
    • NOC 3124 – Allied primary health practitioner
    • NOC 3233 – Licensed practical nurse
    • NOC 4412 – Home support worker and related occupations, only when the applicant primarily performs either of the following: providing personal care, administering routine medical care and dispensing bedside care and personal care.

If you are submitting an application under the Work-study stream, you:

  • Must complete a Québec diploma of vocational studies leading to a full-time occupation during the 24 months preceding the date of submission of your application.
  • Minimum 12 months of work experience obtained during the 24 months preceding the date of submission of your application.
  • Must complete the study program Institutional and Home Care Assistance (870 hours of continuous training) and obtain a secondary diploma of vocational studies.
  • Hold a work permit and have a valid job offer by a Quebec employer.

Mandatory Requirements for Permanent immigration pilot program for workers in the artificial intelligence, IT, and visual effects sectors

This stream is for foreign workers and Quebec graduates in the field of artificial intelligence, information technology, or visual effects sector. This program has two streams:

  • Artificial intelligence 
  • Information technologies and visual effects

Common criteria for both streams:

  • Proof that you have respected the conditions of your stay in Quebec.
  • Willing to permanently live and work in Quebec.
  • Proof of funds to support yourself and your family for the first few months.
  • Age 18 years or older.
  • Each stream includes two profiles:
    • Francophone: Oral French to at least NCLC Level 7 and a declaration proving your knowledge of French, with supporting documents.
    • Francization: Must sign a francization agreement and register with the Integration service for immigrants, Accompagnement Québec to support your learning of French.

Artificial intelligence stream

  • Confirmation of your job offer and relevant skills in French by a committee of experts administered by the Comité sectoriel de main-d’œuvre des technologies de l’information et des communications Techno-compétences  (Information and communications technologies sectorial workforce committee).
  • For Foreign workers:
  • Must have an ongoing job under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), International Mobility Program (IMP), youth exchange program, Young Professionals permit, or International Coop Internship.
  • Must complete a diploma equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in Quebec and have minimum 24 months full-time work experience in a NOC Level 0, A, or B job during the last 60 months before submitting an application.
  • Must complete a diploma equivalent to a Master’s or doctoral degree in the last 12 months prior to your application and must acquire a valid job offer in the relevant field with a gross annual salary of minimum $75,000 CAD outside Montreal or $100,000 CAD in Montréal.
  • For Quebec graduates 
  • Lived in Quebec for at least half of the study program.
  • Must have acquired a university diploma from a Quebec institution in the 24 months preceding your application.
  • Must hold a job in Quebec in NOC Level 0, A, or B on a full-time basis for minimum six months during the last 12 months following the end of your program and have a full-time job offer in Quebec in the artificial intelligence sector.
    Please note: Applicants with an unfulfilled scholarship clause requiring them to return to their home country are not eligible for permanent residence under this stream.

Information technologies and visual effects stream

  • Must have a valid temporary foreign worker permit in Quebec.
  • Must hold a diploma equivalent to a Quebec diploma of college studies.
  • Have an eligible full-time job for a minimum of 24 months during the last 60 months prior to submitting the application. 
  • Eligible full-time job offer in Quebec where the hourly wage is equivalent to the maximum wage of the average salary.
  • To be eligible, your job must fall under the following occupations:
    • NOC 2171 – Information systems analyst and consultant
    • NOC 5241 – Graphic designer and illustrator, but only if your job is in the visual effects sector 
    • NOC 0213 – Computer and information systems manager
    • NOC 2173 – Software engineer and designer
    • NOC 2133 – Electrical and electronics engineer
    • NOC 5131 – Producer, director, choreographer and related occupations, but only if your job is in the visual effects sector 
    • NOC 2174 – Computer programmer and interactive media developer
    • NOC 5225 – Audio and video recording technician, but only if your job is in the visual effects sector 
    • NOC 2281 – Computer network technician
    • NOC 2241 – Electrical and electronics engineering technologist and technician

Step-by-step application process to settle in the province of Quebec

Step 1 – Confirm you qualify

Once you have identified the suitable pathway for yourself, make sure you meet all the mandatory requirements before submitting the application and Expression of Interest.

Please note: For Regular Skilled Worker Program only, you need to submit an Expression of Interest through Arrima

Step 2 – Submit an application for permanent residence

  • Create an account in Arrim
  • Provide information on accompanying family members
  • Upload your supporting documents required for the stream you are applying for
  • Pay the applicable fees
  • Submit application

Step 3 – Fees for applying for permanent selection:

  • Main applicant: $850 CAD
  • Spouse: $850 CAD
  • Each dependent child: $230 CAD

Please note: Fees are non-refundable and must be paid by credit card.

Fees for applying for the Entrepreneur program:

  • Main applicant: $1,625 CAD
  • Spouse: $850 CAD
  • Each dependent child: $230 CAD

In this case, fees are non-refundable and can be paid by Canada Post money order, Bank draft from Canadian bank or Credit card.

Step 4 – Attestation of learning about democratic values and the Quebec values

Once your application is processed, you will receive a request from the Minister of Immigration, Francization and Integration to obtain an attestation of learning about democratic values and the Québec values.

You will have to obtain the attestation for yourself and your family within 60 days.

If you meet all the requirements and an interview is not required, you’ll receive:

  • The Quebec selection certificate.
  • Information on your next steps in the immigration process.

Step 5 – Apply for permanent residence

If your application is successful, apply for permanent residence through IRCC. Please note, the sole decision lies with the authorities to grant you Canada PR.

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