Frequently Asked Questions
Work and immigrate to Québec
1. What are the work opportunities in Québec?
At present, many employers in Québec are urgently seeking international workers to fill their temporary positions, at all levels, and in several specialized and non-specialized activity sectors. Consult the section Work in Québec to find out more.
2. How can I become a temporary worker in Québec?
To come and work in Québec on a temporary basis, you must accept a temporary job offer from a Québec employer. To keep abreast of job opportunities, it is important to follow the international recruitment events and missions involving growing numbers of Québec employers. Consult the section Come see us! to find out the dates of upcoming international activities where Québec employers will be present for hiring.
You can also go through one of the Canadian government programs that are usually offered to youth between the ages of 18 and 35.
3. I accepted a temporary work contract in Québec. What do I have to do now?
Your employer will take the first steps to authorize your hiring and your stay in Québec. After that, you will have to fill out an application for temporary selection, if necessary, and submit your application for a work permit to the Government of Canada. Check out the procedures you must follow based on the category of the job you were offered.
4. If I am abroad when I accept a temporary job in Québec, can I then become a permanent resident?
Yes, Québec instituted the Programme de l’expérience québécoise (PEQ – Québec experience program) to allow most temporary foreign workers to change their temporary status to permanent status.
Workers who cannot be selected, under this program, and who wish to immigrate permanently while they are already working in Québec, can do so at any time through the Regular Skilled Worker Program. They must first submit an expression of interest on the Arrima platform. The ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) then uses the Expression of Interest Bank to invite individuals who meet certain criteria. The MIFI focuses primarily on job market needs in the various regions of Québec. Holding a job offer that has been validated by the MIFI is one of the criteria that is taken into consideration.
5. How do I submit an application for permanent immigration from abroad?
Individuals who wish to immigrate to Québec must start by creating a profile on the Arrima platform in order to complete and submit an expression of interest form. The ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) uses the Expression of Interest Bank to invite individuals who meet certain criteria, focusing primarily on job market needs in the various regions of Québec. If you have received an invitation, you can submit an application for permanent selection to the MIFI.
The selection is made on the basis of a point grid for various factors. The main factors taken into consideration on this grid are your area of training, your schooling, your age, your work experience, your knowledge of French and English and, if applicable, your spouse’s profile.
The next step is to submit an application to the Government of Canada to obtain permanent residence.
Participate in information sessions offered online or in person.
For more information consult the Permanent workers section on the MIFI website.
6. In addition to my procedure with the Québec government, do I also have to take steps with the Canadian government?
An application must always be submitted to the Canadian government in order to come live in Québec, whether it is for temporary employment or permanent residence. Québec is responsible for selecting people who wish to settle in its territory. The Canadian government issues visas and work permits authorizing people to live and work in Québec.
Study in Québec
7. What steps do I have to take to come study in Québec?
To come study in Québec, you must apply to the educational institution of your choice, and submit an application for temporary selection for studies to the ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration. Consult the Foreign students section to find out about the steps you must take.
8. Can I choose to live in Québec after my studies?
Québec has adopted the Programme de l’expérience québécoise (PEQ – Québec experience program). This program allows international student already living in Québec to settle here permanently. If offers accelerated processing of applications for permanent immigration.
Individuals who cannot be selected under the PEQ can go through the Regular Skilled Worker Program . They must start by submitting an expression of interest on the Arrima platform. The ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration could then invite you to submit an application for permanent selection.
Do business in Québec
9. What steps do I have to take to accomplish my business project in Québec?
Consult the Businesspeople section to discover the steps you must take. This section provides a typical roadmap for the steps that must be taken for each of the three following programs: the Entrepreneur Program, the Investor Program and the Self-Employer Worker Program.