Quebec Skilled Worker (QSW)
Quebec Skilled Worker Program is an immigration program for foreign skilled workers who want to settle as permanent residents of Canada and reside in Quebec.
Quebec has a special agreement on immigration with the Government of Canada and its Skilled Worker Program is operated separately from the government of Canada’s own programs for skilled workers. The program is a point-based initiative operated by the province of Quebec for skilled candidates who can contribute to Quebec’s economy as a member of the workforce. Quebec has its own rules for choosing immigrants who will adapt well to living there. Successful applicants may bring their family members to Quebec, and a valid job offer from a Canadian or Quebec employer is not required.
The Quebec Skilled Worker program has no list of eligible occupations. If the criteria set out by Immigration Quebec are met, individuals will qualify for the program regardless of their occupation or field of expertise.
Quebec Skilled Worker Application Process
The Quebec Skilled Worker program involves two steps. To immigrate to Canada as a Quebec-selected skilled worker and to become a permanent resident of Canada and live in Quebec, individuals with a validated job offer in Quebec, as well as temporary residents must apply to the Government of Quebec for a Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ). If the applicant has sufficient QSW points, s/he can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI). The Quebec government will then invite some candidates to submit a complete application for a Quebec selection certificate (CSQ) within 90 days.
If the Province of Quebec issues a CSQ, the applicant becomes eligible to apply to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for permanent residence. IRCC will conduct a medical and criminal background check as part of its approval process.
Note that not everyone with a passing score will be invited to apply for a CSQ. Other elements will be considered when issuing invitations, including applicants’ ability to successfully stay in Quebec, their region of destination, whether there is a shortage in their occupation in Quebec, and whether their country of origin is affected by a humanitarian crisis. The Minister will also prioritize applicants with a valid job offer, those who are currently working in Quebec full-time, and those with at least 6 months of prior work experience in Quebec.
How to apply
There are 3 main steps to apply:
After the applicant is selected by the province of Quebec, s/he must get the application package including the forms that must be filled out completely and truthfully. There are serious consequences if the applicant misrepresents himself or herself hold back information on his or her application.
In most cases, the fees include processing fees for the applicant and anyone s/he has included on his or her application, the Right of Permanent Residence Fee (RPRF), biometrics, and third-party fees. The biometrics fee covers the cost of collecting fingerprints and a digital photo. In most cases, a biometrics fee must be paid when the applicant submits his or her application. Then a confirmation letter is sent to the applicant that must be shown by him or her at the time of giving the biometrics.
Depending on the applicant’s situation, third-party fees are needed to be paid for medical exams, police certificates, and educational credential assessment.
Processing fees for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program for 2020 are as follows:
|Principal Applicant||$812 CAD|
|Spouse, de-facto spouse||$174 CAD|
|Each dependent child||$174 CAD|
After applying to come to Canada as a Quebec selected skilled worker, if the application is approved, the applicant will receive a confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) as well as the permanent resident visa (if the applicant is from a country that requires a visa). The COPR cannot be extended and should be used before it expires.
Quebec Skilled Worker Requirements
The Quebec Skilled Worker Program is more complex than many other Canadian immigration programs. There are different eligibility thresholds for single applicants as opposed to applicants with an accompanying spouse or common-law partner, and all applicants have to pass two points thresholds in order to be considered eligible.
Selection is made based on a selection grid, with points awarded on the basis of various selection factors and criteria. All QSW candidates must demonstrate that they meet the minimum required score on the QSW point’s assessment grid.
As of January 1, 2020, all applicants for permanent residence through Quebec immigration programs are required to show they understand Quebec values. This can be done by passing a Quebec values test or completing a course in Quebec values.
Selection Grid for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program
The selection factors and criteria are designed to assess the applicant’s social and professional profile (as well as his or her spouse’s, if applicable). In order to submit to the Quebec Skilled Worker program for a Quebec selection certificate (CSQ), applicants must meet the minimum required scores on the eligibility point’s grid below.
Single applicants must reach a minimum of 43 points (out of 99) across the following factors: education level, specific area of training, age, French ability, English ability, connections to Quebec through previous visits and/or family, and whether or not they have a validated job offer from an employer in Quebec.
Education and training (maximum 20 points for both, minimum 2 points required for education level)
Please note that points for education are awarded based on the applicant’s area of study.
Only diplomas obtained before the submission of the application are considered in the attribution of points for the Education Level criterion.
Education level: up to 14 points
|Level of education||Points|
|Undergraduate diploma (3 or more years of full-time studies)||10|
|Undergraduate diploma (2 or more years of full-time studies)||6|
|Undergraduate diploma (1 or more years of full-time studies)||4|
|Postsecondary school technical diploma (3 years of full-time studies)||8|
|Postsecondary school technical diploma (1–2 years of full-time studies)||6|
|Postsecondary school general diploma (2 years of full-time studies)||4|
|Secondary school vocational diploma||6|
|Secondary school general diploma||2|
Work experience: up to 8 points
|Less than 6 months||0 Points|
|6 to 11 months||4 Points|
|12 to 23 months||4 Points|
|24 to 35 months||6 Points|
|36 to 47 months||6 Points|
|48 months or more||8 Points|
Age: up to 16 points
|43 or older||0|
Language proficiency (up to 22 points)
French ability: up to 16 points
|Low Beginner (A1)||0||0||0||0|
|High Beginner (A2)||0||0||0||0|
|Low Intermediate (B1)||0||0||0||0|
|High Intermediate (B2)||5||5||1||1|
English ability: up to 6 points
|English Proficiency||Beginner (CLB 1-4)||Intermediate (CLB 5-8)||Reading
Stays and family in Quebec (up to 8 points)
Previous stays in Quebec: up to 5 points
|For studies leading to a vocational training diploma
(DEP) or an attestation of
college studies (AEC) attesting
to a total of 900
1,800 hours, combined with
full-time work experience in
Quebec related to the field of
training, for a period of at least
6 months following the study program
|To work, with a work permit of at
least 1 year and 6 months or more of full-time work
|Stay for at least 3 months||2|
|Stay for at least 2 weeks but less than 3 months||1|
Family in Quebec: up to 3 points
|Relationship with applicant||Points|
|Spouse / common-law partner||3|
|Son or daughter, father or mother, brother or sister, Grandfather or grandmother||3|
Valid job offer: up to 14 points
|Region of job offer||Points|
Applicants with a spouse/common-law partner
Applicants with an accompanying spouse or common-law partner must reach a minimum of 52 points for the first threshold. Though this may seem like a higher threshold, and therefore seemingly more difficult, these applicants can also obtain up to 17 points for the spouse or partner’s factors, in addition to the first set of factors above. So whereas single applicants have to accumulate at least 43 points out of a possible 99 in order to pass the first threshold, applicants with an accompanying spouse or common-law partner have to obtain at least 52 points out of 116.
Spouse/partner education: up to 4 points
|Level of education||Points|
|Undergraduate diploma (3 or more years of full-time studies)||3|
|Undergraduate diploma (2 or more years of full-time studies)||2|
|Undergraduate diploma (1 or more years of full-time studies)||1|
|Postsecondary school technical diploma (3 years of full-time studies)||3|
|Postsecondary school technical diploma (1–2 years of full-time studies)||2|
|Postsecondary school general diploma (2 years of full-time studies)||1|
|Secondary school vocational diploma||2|
|Secondary school general diploma||1|
Spouse/partner age: up to 3 points
|43 or older||0|
Spouse/partner French ability: up to 6 points
|Oral comprehension||Up to 3|
|Oral expression||Up to 3|
Cutoff Score for Employability
Single applicants who can accumulate at least 43 points from among the above factors must then take into account the number of accompanying children they have, as well as their financial capacity, and all together reach at least 50 points across all factors.
Applicants with an accompanying spouse or common-law partner who can accumulate at least 52 points from among the above factors must then take into account the number of accompanying children they have, as well as their financial capacity, and all together reach at least 59 points across all factors.
Accompanying children: up to 8 points
|Age of Children||Points|
|For each child 12 years of age or younger||4|
|For each child 13 to 19 years of age||2|
Financial Self-sufficiency: 1 point
The applicant must sign a contract in which s/he undertakes to provide for his or her needs and his or her family’s needs for at least the first three months following his or her arrival in Quebec.
Although only one point is awarded for financial self-sufficiency, this is an essential requirement. Applicants who do not satisfy this requirement will have their application rejected, even if they otherwise satisfy the overall point’s requirements. It should be noted that the figures below do not denote fees. Rather, this is the minimum funds applicants must possess for settlement purposes.
|Making of a contract||1|
To find out the minimum funds required for your application, see the tables below.
Applicants with no children
|Situation||Amount in $ CAD|
|1 adult (principal applicant)||$3,188|
|2 adults (principal applicant and accompanying spouse/common-law partner)||$4,676|
Applicants with children
|Number of dependent children||Amount in $ CAD|
|1 adult (principal applicant) and:|
|1 child under 18 years old||$4,284|
|2 children under 18 years old||$4,836|
|3 children under 18 years old||$5,388|
|More than 3 children under 18 years old: add||$552 per child|
|2 adults (principal applicant and accompanying spouse/common-law partner) and:|
|1 child under 18 years old||$5,238|
|2 children under 18 years old||$5,653|
|3 children under 18 years old||$6,068|
|More than 3 children under 18 years old: add||$416 per child|
|1 child (or more) aged 18 or older: add||$1,487 per child|
The Ministère will analyze an application within 6 months, starting from the date on which the complete information required to process the application (forms and documents) has been received and added to the file. The application processing timeframe may exceed 6 months for applications that require verifications.
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