Quebec Skilled Worker Program
Quebec selects all candidates for immigration to Canada who intend to settle in the Province of Quebec as skilled workers. It has developed a point system to choose candidates under the Quebec Skilled Worker program. candidates who are selected by Quebec receive a Quebec Selection Certificate which authorizes them to apply for a permanent residence visa from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
Selection factors for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program
The selection of candidates is made on the basis of a point system. Points are awarded for several selection factors. Candidates who obtain a sufficient number of points are selected by Quebec. This point system takes into account several factors such as:
- Education (both the level of education attained and the area of training).
- Work experience
- Knowledge of French and English : to be awarded points for this factor, a candidate’s knowledge must be attested by the results of a recognized test not older than 2 years)
- Stays in Québec and/or having a direct relative in the province of Quebec (Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada)
- Having received a job offer from a Quebec employer
- Factors relating to a candidate’s accompanying spouse or common-law partner such as age, knowledge of French, education level and area of training
- The number of dependent children less than 19 years of age
- Demonstrating sufficient funds to settle in Quebec ( financial self-sufficiency ) and being able to meet the candidate’s and his or her family’s needs for at least the first three months after arrival in Québec.
Knowledge of French for The Quebec Skilled Worker Program
The following are accepted as proof of a candidate’s knowledge of French:
- the Test d’évaluation du français adapté pour le Québec (TEFAQ) of the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Paris Île-de-France (CCIP-IDF);
- the Test de connaissance du français pour le Québec (TCF-Québec) of the Centre international d’études pédagogiques (CIEP);
- the Test d’évaluation du français (TEF) of the CCIP-IDF;
- the Test d’évaluation du français pour le Canada (TEF Canada) of the CCIP-IDF;
- the Test de connaissance du français (TCF) of the CIEP;
- the Diplôme d’études en langue française (DELF) of the CIEP;
- the Diplôme approfondi de langue française (DALF) of the CIEP.
Knowledge of English for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program
In order to obtain points for the knowledge of English candidates must submit the results the IELTS (International English Language Testing System). Consult the International English Language Testing System Internet site to find the up to date list of examination centres for the IELTS.
For the period from January 1 to December 31, 2018, single persons must have at least $3,135 at their disposal to meet their basic needs for the first three months following their arrival in Québec. In addition to this sum, they must have at their disposal an additional amount for each family member accompanying them (spouse or common law partner and children). The following table shows the minimum required funds necessary to cover the essential needs of applicants with families of different sizes
Candidates for a Quebec Selection Certificate as a Quebec Skilled Worker only receive points for remunerated work experience legally acquired in the 5 years previous to the date of submission, provided that this experience is in a management occupation as defined by the National Occupations Classification of Canada (NOC skill type “0”) or in a job with a skill level of A, B or C as per the NOC. Work experience can be full time (30 hours per week or more) or part time. Full-time or part-time work internships (apprenticeship, training or specialization) performed as a condition of being granted a diploma, are also recognized as experience, even if non-remunerated.
Candidates must hold at least a diploma corresponding to a general or vocational high school diploma in Quebec to be able to apply under the Quebec Skilled Worker program. Only diplomas obtained before the date of submission of an application are awarded points. Points are awarded both for the level of education achieved and for the area of specialization of their diploma.
The points assessed for a candidate’s training specialty is based on the List of areas of training prevailing at the time a candidate’s application undergoes preliminary assessment by the Quebec ministry of Immigration. For each of the areas of training identified on the list, points are awarded depending on factors like the job prospects for holders of such specializations, and the requirements for practising those occupations. Points are higher for holders of a Québec diploma, or a foreign diploma treated as a Quebec diploma, than for foreign diplomas.