On March 3, Quebec announced it will launch three new immigration pilots over the coming weeks.
The Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) is opening up the pilots for foreign nationals who work in the following three sectors:
These pilots are expected to last for a maximum of five years. The goal is to attract and retain immigrants whose skills meet Quebec’s labour market needs.
MIFI will issue Quebec Selection Certificates (CSQ) to up to 550 principal applicants, annually, through each pilot. Applicants must work in eligible sectors in order to be selected. This figure does not include families.
You will need to demonstrate that you can financially provide for yourself and your family for at least three months.
These programs also require applicants to be at least 18 years old.
Most of these stream require work experience in Quebec. If you are applying for one of these streams, you must have obtained your work experience with legal status. You must have been paid and worked at least 30 hours per week.
Here are some of the more specific eligibility requirements of each new program.
This pilot program is for foreign workers in the food processing sector. It is intended to help Quebec businesses retain their foreign labor force, and to remain competitive with other Canadian provinces.
The pilot will come into effect on March 24.
In order to receive a CSQ under this program, you need to be able to communicate orally in French, have work experience in Quebec in an eligible occupation, and be working in the province when you submit your application.
Some additional eligibility requirements include:
Eligible occupations include:
This pilot is for temporary foreign workers who have worked as orderlies in Quebec for at least one year. Among other eligibility requirements, you must be proficient in spoken French and hold a job as an orderly in Quebec when submitting your application.
MIFI developed this program to reduce labour gaps in this sector, which have been exacerbated by the pandemic.
This program will launch on March 31.
There are two streams under this program: Work and Studies-work.
Work stream conditions
If you are applying under the Work stream, you must meet the following conditions:
This program is specifically for people working as orderlies, as described under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 3413— Nurse aide, orderly and patient service associate.
If you have worked in the health sector outside Quebec, it must be related to basic personal care in order to be considered eligible work experience.
Work-study stream conditions
If you are submitting an application under the Work-study stream, you must meet the following eligibility criteria:
You also need to have successfully completed the Institutional and Home Care Assistance study program, and graduated with a secondary diploma of vocational studies.
This pilot program is intended to attract highly skilled tech workers to launch their careers in Quebec. It will also facilitate the retention of international students who received a specialized graduate degree from Quebec universities.
This pilot is scheduled to launch on April 22.
There are two streams under this pilot: Artificial intelligence, and Information technology and visual effects.
Under each stream there are two types of profiles: Francophone, and Francization. Francophone profiles must have an oral proficiency of 7 on the Quebec scale of French proficiency levels for adult immigrants. If you are selected under the Francization profile, you will automatically get registered with the Integration service for immigrants under Accompagnement Québec. This measure is supposed to help support your French learning.
Each year, MIFI intends to select 275 Quebec graduates and temporary workers in the artificial intelligence sector, and 275 foreign workers in the information technologies and visual effects sector. These figures do not include family members.
Artificial intelligence stream conditions
You can submit an application under the Artificial Intelligence stream as a foreign worker or as a Quebec graduate.
As a foreign worker, you need a diploma that corresponds to a Quebec bachelor’s degree and one of the following:
Also, you need a full-time job offer, or be employed in the artificial intelligence sector.
If you are a Quebec graduate, in addition to a job offer, you must have graduated from a university with a higher specialized studies (DESS), master’s, or PhD during the two years preceding your application. DESS graduates need six months of work experience in the 12 months before the application date.
Information technologies and visual effects stream eligibility requirements
For this steam, you need to hold a diploma that corresponds to a Quebec diploma of college studies (technical training), or bachelor’s degree.
You need to be employed or have a job offer in Quebec, and have worked in an eligible full-time occupation for at least 24 months during the five years preceding the submission of your application.
To be eligible, your job must correspond to one of the following occupations:
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