Quebec immigration programs providing eligible candidates with an opportunity to obtain Canadian permanent residence. The Canadian Federal Government gives the province of Quebec with much more autonomy than the rest of the provinces that deems it to be a sub-category within the Provincial Nominee Programs.

Following are some of the programs that allow foreign nationals to apply for Canadian PR via the Quebec Immigration Route

  • Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ)

  • Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSW)

  • Quebec Experience Program (PEQ)

  • Quebec Investor Program

  • Quebec Entrepreneur Program

  • Quebec Self-Employed

  • Validated Job Offer

The official language of Quebec province is French. Thus, preferring proficiency in French as a means to its immigration requirements. However, there are alternate routes made available to Non-French speaking populace

Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ)

Quebec immigration applications are sanctioned via 2 distinct processes namely : selection and admission. Selection being at the provincial level, while admission being at the federal level. To immigrate to Quebec, an applicant needs to meet eligibility requirement for both selection and admission. In the selection step of the process, a prospective candidate must obtain approval from the province of Quebec itself.

Selection is manifested via a certificat de sélection du Québec (Quebec Selection Certificate – CSQ), which in essence is a document issued by the provincial immigration authorities ensuing a successful application through one of Quebec’s immigration programs.

Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSW)

The Quebec Skilled Worker program (QSW) is another one of the routes to permanent residence via Quebec Province. As the name suggests, with this program the prospective candidates are required to prove a certain skilled work experience. Since QSW is a points based immigration program, the prospective applicants need a qualifying score on the assessment grid to meet the eligibility criteria. On the plus side, the program does not require candidates to be proficient in French thereby making it easy on the English speaking immigrants to apply. Candidates with qualifying score need to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) on the Arrima Platform be considered in the pool

Quebec Experience Program (PEQ)

The Quebec Experience Program (PEQ) is one of Quebec’s immigration routes to permanent residence. The program requires candidates to have experience in the province of Quebec, either as a temporary foreign worker or an international student. PEQ applicants must exhibit advanced intermediate knowledge of oral French. There are additional qualification requirements for this program, including that the applicant be legally residing in Quebec at the time the application is submitted and processed.

Quebec Self-Employed

As the name suggests, this program allows certain self-employed individuals to immigrate to Quebec by creating their own jobs. As you can assume, this requires the individual being able to provide proof of self-support by showing net assets worth at least 100,000 CAD and 2 years of self-employed work experience in the field that they intend to practice in Quebec.

Quebec Investor Program

This program allows foreign nationals willing to invest substantially in the Quebec Economy to obtain Permanent Residence. In order to apply, one must have total net assets worth $2 million CAD with an ability to invest a minimum of $1.2 million CAD with a financial intermediary.

Quebec Entrepreneur Program

This program requires the applicants both financial rigor as well as business acumen and experience to manage or acquire business in Quebec

Certificat d’acceptation du Québec (CAQ)

A number of Quebec’s temporary resident programs require a certificat d’acceptation du Québec (Quebec Acceptance Certificate – CAQ), to authorize temporary stay in Quebec. This includes the bulk of study programs for international students. NOTE: A CAQ authorizes temporary stay within the Province of Quebec.

Validated Job Offer

If a Quebec employer wishes to rent a far off national, they'll be eligible to increase the foreign national employment offer which has been officially validated by MIDI. A validated job offer may be a strong advantage within the Quebec trained worker (QSW) program because it gives its holder either 8 points (if the work is found in the Montreal region) or 10 points (if the position is found outside the Montreal region).
As well, holders of validated job offers are exempt from the quota requirement for QSW applications, meaning they will apply for a CSQ at any time. To validate the work offer, the position and therefore the foreign national must meet several requirements:

Job Position Requirements:
  • Must be for a permanent full-time position at National Occupational Classification (NOC) Skill Level 0 or A or B or C.

  • Must have a positive or neutral impact on the local labour market.

  • Must be offered in writing by a Quebec employer who has been operational for a minimum of 12 months.

  • Appropriate recruitment efforts must are made to rent a Canadian citizen or permanent resident for the position if applicable

Foreign National Requirements:
  • Must submit copies of identification documents with educational documents plus CV (CV)and a written copy of the utilization offer.

  • Must have license or certificate to practice within the profession if the profession is regulated in Quebec.

  • If the foreign national is already working for the employer they need to submit a replica of their working papers along side three recent paystubs.

If a far off national is already working for a Quebec employer on a short lived working papers , the employer doesn't got to show proof that they attempted to recruit a Canadian or permanent resident for the position. In all other cases, the employer must show proof of recruitment efforts. This means that employers must make significant efforts to rent a Canadian to fill the position before offering it to a far off national. If all requirements for the validated job offer are met, the employer may submit an application for validation to MIDI.