Quebec Immigration programs

Quebec Immigration programs

Most provinces and territories have special immigration programs to attract people who have the skills, education and work experience to contribute to the economy of a specific province or territory. Provincial Nominee Program or PNP is the common phrase referring to these programs. However, the province of Quebec does not have a provincial nominee program. Quebec has its own immigration process, with distinct programs and selection criteria.

Quebec has one the strongest immigration plan in place. They deal with all aspects of immigration to their province. Moreover, it is the only province that has control over the number of admissions in its economic pathway. Although the final decision-maker is a Federal immigration officer, they generally do not interfere with the selection process conducted by Quebec officers.

Quebec Immigration programs

There are various ways to immigrate to Quebec, including skilled worker pathways, immigration pilot programs, options for business people and more.

Regular Skilled Worker Program (RSWP)

This program is for people who wish to immigrate to Québec as a skilled worker, whether they are in Québec or abroad. As a skilled worker program, applicants are required to demonstrate a minimum amount of skilled work experience. If their profile matches the criteria needed in Québec, they will receive an invitation to submit an application for permanent selection.

Quebec Experience Program (PEQ)

This program is for foreign student who are Québec graduates or a temporary foreign workers. It allows them to obtain a Québec selection certificate to settle in Québec permanently.

Permanent immigration pilot programs

Québec has three permanent immigration pilot programs, you must submit your application on the Arrima platform during the application intake period.

  • Permanent immigration pilot program for food processing workers: This pilot program may allow you to settle in Québec permanently if you are a temporary foreign worker in the food processing sector.
  • Permanent immigration pilot program for orderlies: This allows you to settle in Québec if you are a temporary foreign worker who is working as an orderly in Québec.
  • Permanent immigration pilot program for workers in the artificial intelligence, information technologies and visual effects sectors: This pilot program may allow you to settle in Québec permanently if you are a temporary foreign worker or a Québec graduate.

Business People

Quebec has programs for investors, entrepreneurs and self-employed people. These programs require applicants to have the financial capacity along with the experience and intention to manage a business project in Quebec or to acquire a business in Quebec.

Family Reunification Program

Quebec Family Reunification Program allows an individual to sponsor his/her family members to immigrate to Quebec. Every year, a lot of people get reunited with their families. It is also one of the main reasons why people choose to immigrate to Quebec.

Refugees and asylum seekers

Québec participates in the international efforts to protect people in danger and subscribes to the objectives of the international agreements that protect these people. Therefore, Quebec has programs, such as the Program for Refugees Abroad, to sponsor a refugee who is in a country other than Canada, as well as accompanying family members.

About the 2023 Quebec Immigration Annual Plan

By the end of 2022, Quebec released the Plan d’immigration du Québec 2023. According to the plan, the province is targeting between 49,500 and 52,500 new permanent residents. One of the main focuses of the governing party in Quebec, is to protect the French language in the province. Consequently, the province hopes to select immigrants coming to Quebec under economic immigration programs that already speak French.

You can explore more about the Quebec Immigration Plan for 2023, here.

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