Quebec Immigration

Quebec has its own immigration process, with its own programs and selection criteria.

Quebec, however, has more immigration authority than any other province. Quebec became more active in Canada’s immigration system when it launched its own immigration ministry in 1968. At that time, Quebec recognized that welcoming more immigrants was key to maintaining its strong Francophone character. Since then, the province has gradually obtained more immigration authority from the federal government. Today, it is responsible for selecting all skilled workers that wish to immigrate to Quebec. The federal government is responsible for admitting these immigrants.

Quebec is unique in that it is the only province in Canada where French is the only official language. To protect this distinctive status, Quebec places special emphasis on knowledge of French when selecting immigrants. While fluency in French improves one’s chances of immigrating to Quebec, it is also possible to meet the requirements of Quebec’s immigration programs without speaking that language.

Quebec selects skilled workers for immigration based on the demographic and economic needs of the province and specific annual admission targets. 

Foreign nationals who are interested in settling in Quebec may be invited to apply for a CSQ through one of the following economic immigration categories.

Quebec Regular Skilled Worker Program (QSWP)

Also known as the Quebec Skilled Worker Program, the QSW is an immigration program for foreign skilled workers who want to become permanent residents of Canada and reside in Quebec.

For this program, you must be one of the selected individuals with training and professional skills that will facilitate your integration into employment in Quebec. Language proficiency, age and family situation are other factors that are considered in the selection process.

Quebec Experience Program

The PEQ is a popular immigration option for international students who have obtained an eligible diploma from a Quebec post-secondary institution and skilled workers with eligible work experience in the province.

If you are 18 years old or older, you intend to stay in Quebec to hold a job and have a minimum of an advanced intermediate level of French language proficiency you may be eligible to qualify for the PEQ.

The PEQ is popular due to a large number of students and workers already in Quebec that want to remain as a permanent residence. The PEQ was launched following the results of extensive government research showing that those with Canadian work experience tend to integrate more quickly into the labour market once they transition to permanent resident status.

Quebec Permanent Immigration Pilot Programs

There are currently three permanent immigration pilot programs in Quebec, targeting workers in the food industryorderlies and the artificial intelligence, information technology and visual effects sectors. These immigration pilots are designed to help Quebec meet the high demand for skilled workers in specific fields.

Up to 550 principal applicants in eligible occupations will be selected each year under each pilot program. Accompanying family members may also receive Quebec selection certificates under these pilot programs.

These pilot projects include French language requirements, but also in some cases, francization courses are offered to workers with the desired profile, rather than requiring a thorough knowledge of the French language during the immigration process.