Quebec has a special agreement with the Government of Canada on immigration. The province has its own rules for choosing immigrants who will adapt well to living there.
To apply as a skilled worker in Quebec, you must:
- apply to the Quebec government for a Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ), then
- apply to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to become a permanent resident of Canada.
In February of 1991, the Federal Government of Canada and the Province of Quebec signed the Canada-Quebec Accord on Immigration. Under this Agreement Quebec establishes its own immigration requirements and selects immigrants who intend to live in Quebec.
If you want to go to Quebec as a skilled worker, entrepreneur, self-employed or investor, you must first follow a separate selection process before your application is submitted to Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Quebec-selected immigrants must apply in two stages. You must first apply to the Quebec government for a certificate of selection (Certificat de sélection du Québec). This document shows that the Government of Quebec has accepted you to that province. After you have been selected by Quebec, you have to make a separate application to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for permanent residence. This is the second and final stage. Here, you will have to pass a medical examination, security and criminal checks. CIC conducts these checks for all immigrants, wherever they intend to move in Canada. You must also show that you have enough money to support yourself and your family after you arrive in Canada. Quebec-selected skilled workers are not assessed on the six selection factors of the Federal Skilled Workers Program.
Requirements of the Immigration Program for skilled workers
To be selected as an immigrant worker, you must, in particular:
- settle in Québec with the goal of being employed there
- hold at least one diploma that corresponds, in the Québec education system, to a Secondary School Diploma or a Diploma of Vocational Studies
- have acquired training and occupational skills that will facilitate your insertion into the job market
Knowledge of French is essential. The following employability factors will be taken into account:
- your level of education and area of training
- your work experience
- your age
- your knowledge of French and English
- your stays in Québec and family relationship with a Canadian citizen or a permanent Québec resident
- having a valid employment offer (this applies only if you have received a job offer that meets certain conditions from a Québec employer.)
- characteristics regarding your accompanying spouse or common-law spouse, if applicable
Other factors that will be taken into account when your application is assessed are:
- the number of children under the age of 22 who will be accompanying you to Québec.
- your capacity for financial self-sufficiency.
- your adaptability (preparation of your immigration project) which will be assessed based on the steps that you have undertaken to facilitate your socioeconomic integration and your personal qualities with regard to your work activities.
Points will be awarded, if applicable, for each of these selection factors. The link below enables you to evaluate your chances of being selected by Québec. Evaluating online your chances of being selected by Québec
Our goal is to provide each client with a successful outcome by determining the most appropriate solution. If you would like to know whether you could be eligible to immigrate to Canada, we invite you to complete our online assessment questionnaire.
If you are interested in seeking professional assistance to guide you through the immigration process or if you have any questions, please contact us.