Quebec introduces new personalized integration program for newcomers

Alexandra Miekus, Shelby Thevenot
Updated: Aug, 15, 2023
  • Published: August 9, 2019

Pour lire cet article en français, cliquez ici.

As a part of Quebec’s new integration services, prospective immigrants will be assigned an immigration assistant officer that will follow their case through a step-by-step process.

Details on the Parcours d’accompagnement personnalisé (personalized support program) were announced on August 8 by Quebec’s Minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion, Simon Jolin-Barrette.

The new personalized support program, which is a part of the Quebec government’s immigration law reforms that passed legislation in June,  is designed to “implement the best possible tools” to help newcomers “successfully integrate into Quebec society,” according to a news release from the ministry.

In order to immigrate to Quebec as permanent residents, foreign nationals must first obtain a Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ) issued by the Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion (MIDI). Quebec assesses and selects immigrants according to its own criteria. After receiving a CSQ, candidates must apply to the federal government to become permanent residents.

As soon as prospective immigrants receive their CSQ,  they will have access to resources and a designated immigration officer. Candidates will be provided with information on the regions of Quebec, recognition of their professional qualifications and the option to take an online French course.

Upon arrival, newcomers will be greeted at the airport and invited to meet with a designated integration assistance officer within five days to create an individualized action plan.

There are four steps to the new process:

  1. Arrival
  2. Francization
  3. Integration into the job market
  4. Community integration

There is an optional course for those who want to learn about the sociocultural realities and job market in Quebec. The Province is offering an incentive of $185 for those who participate.

“The Personalized Support program takes into account the fact that there is not only one integration trajectory, but each person also has unique needs and experience,” Jolin-Barrette said in the French media release. “ The [new] program allows us to take this into account and direct people to the appropriate resources where they will find adapted and individualized services and support.”

Jolin-Barrette said the initiative represents a 20 million dollar annual investment and will include the creation of 84 new government jobs; 78 Integration Support Officers and six Coordinators.

“We are convinced that adequate support is crucial to the success of the integration process for immigrants,” Jolin-Barrette said in the release. “With this new measure, the government is taking concrete action to promote and ensure the successful integration of immigrants into Quebec society.”

Find out if you are eligible for any Canadian immigration programs

© 2019 CIC News All Rights Reserved

Share this article
Share your voice
Did you find this article helpful?
Thank you for your feedback.
Subscribe to our newsletter
Did you find this article helpful?
Please provide a response
Thank you for your helpful feedback
Please contact us if you would like to share additional feedback, have a question, or would like Canadian immigration assistance.
  • Do you need Canadian immigration assistance? Contact the Contact Cohen Immigration Law firm by completing our form
  • Send us your feedback or your non-legal assistance questions by emailing us at
Related articles
How to immigrate to Canada as a transport worker
Happy truck driver looking through side window while driving his truck
British Columbia, Ontario, Alberta, and PEI hold provincial nominations this week
Two chairs face lakeside at the end of a pier. This week four provinces announced PNP draws.
Getting your prescription medication as a newcomer to Canada
pharmacist and client
I’m coming to Canada on a TRV. Can I bring my family with me?
A happy family of three relaxing in the lounge and being playful together
Top Stories
Mortgages 101 for New Canadians: Financing Your First Home (Part 2)
How to immigrate to Canada as a transport worker
British Columbia, Ontario, Alberta, and PEI hold provincial nominations this week
Join our free newsletter. Get Canada's top immigration stories delivered to your inbox.
More in Provinces
British Columbia, Ontario, Alberta, and PEI hold provincial nominations this week
Two chairs face lakeside at the end of a pier. This week four provinces announced PNP draws.
Newfoundland and Labrador set to begin virtual immigration and job fair series this week
Family homes and a lighthouse in Trinity, Newfoundland
British Columbia, Quebec and Manitoba issue ITAs in latest provincial immigration results
Old Montreal skyline
Express Entry: Not eligible for category-based draws? Your job may still be in demand
Link copied to clipboard