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Quebec immigration program

The name ‘Quebec’, tracing its roots to an Algonquian word meaning “where the river narrows”, was first used to describe the narrowing of the St Lawrence River near the City of Quebec.

Over the years, Quebec has been referred to by various names at different points in time, such as Canada, New France, Lower Canada, and Canada East.

With the provincial motto of Je me souviens (I remember), Quebec has a rich historical background indeed.

Quebec is the largest of the 10 provinces that make up Canada, second only to Ontario in terms of the total population.

Quebec’s capital – Quebec City – is considered the oldest city in Canada.

Other prominent cities in Quebec province are Montréal, Laval, Terrebonne, Gatineau, Longueuil, Trois-Rivières, Saguenay and Lévis.

With greater autonomy over the selection of newcomers into the province, Quebec is the only Canadian province that is not a part of the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

To meet the needs and the particular situation of Quebec, the Canada–Québec Accord relates to the –

  • Selection of individuals that wish to reside (temporarily or permanently) in Quebec,
  • Their admission into Canada,
  • Their integration into Quebec society, and
  • The determination of levels of immigration to Quebec.

Despite there being no such thing as Quebec PNP, the province does have its own immigration program for the induction of newcomers.

Generally, a 2-step immigration process must be followed by foreign nationals looking at pathways to settling within Quebec.

Basic 2-step Quebec immigration process
 STEP 1: The Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) selects candidates that it finds to be likeliest to settle in Quebec successfully.
 STEP 2: Selected candidates will be issued a Quebec Certificate of Selection (CSQ), attesting the selection of the candidates by the MIFI.

This CSQ will be required for filing Canadian permanent residence form with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Quebec immigration programs have selection criteria different from that of the other Canadian immigration programs, both at the federal as well as the provincial level.

Quebec Immigration programs
Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP)
Quebec Experience Program (PEQ)
Quebec Immigrant Investor Program (QIIP)
Quebec Entrepreneur Program
Quebec Self-Employed
Validated Job Offer

Foreign nationals interested in immigrating to Quebec as skilled workers will be required to begin the process with the creation of their Expression of Interest profile through the Arrima Portal.

The Quebec EOI system, managed through the Arrima Portal, includes an evaluation of the candidates as per the Selection Grid for the Regular Skilled Worker Program.

In order to immigrate to Canada and settle within Quebec, an individual will require a Certificat de sélection du Québec or CSQ. Also referred to as a Québec Selection Certificate.

Obtaining a CSQ is a pre-requisite before being able to submit to IRCC for Canadian permanent residence.

Quebec – Invitations through Arrima in February 2022

Total Invitations: 523

Invitation Dates

Number of Invitations issued
February 10, 2022

523

So far, 14 Arrima draws have been held by Quebec. The first Arrima draw was held on July 4, 2019.

All Arrima draws

[since the launch of the program in September 2018]

No. of draw Invitation Dates Number of Invitations issued
1 July 4, 2019 691
2 July 17, 2019 259
3 August 19, 2019 444
4 September 4, 2019  32
5 September 25, 2019 169
6 October 23, 2019  89
7 October 29, 2019  73
8 December 12, 2019  85
9 December 17, 2019 220
10 January 16, 2020   23
11 June 18, 2020     7
12 September 24, 2020 365
13 December 16, 2020 233
14 January 26, 2021 95
15 March 30, 2021 208
16 April 29, 2021 83
17 May 27, 2021 90
18 June 17, 2021 69
19 August 12, 2021 515
20 August 19, 2021 502
21 August 26, 2021 585
22 September 2, 2021 517
23 October 21, 2021 23
24 November 11, 2021 33

 

Quebec Arimma Draws in 2024

Month No. of draws Total no. of Invitations
February 2 2,041
January 1 1,007

 

Total Quebec PNP Draws in 2023 

Month  Number of Invitations issued
December 1,187
November 1,210
October  1,220
September  2,451
August  2,384
July 1,633
June 2,224
May 802
April 1,020
March 2,255
February 2,022
January  0
Total 18,408

 

Y-Axis can help you with

  • Qualification / Education Assessment
  • Customized checklist of requirements
  • Guidance on key requirements
  • Filing of an online form to create a profile for Invitation

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Arrima?
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How does Quebec’s Arrima Portal work?
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How much does it cost to create an EOI on Arrima?
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Is Quebec’s Arrima Portal only for the Regular Skilled Worker Program?
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What can I do in Arrima?
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What are the new permanent immigration pilot programs announced by the government of Quebec?
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Can I settle in Quebec through the Provincial Nominee Program [PNP] of Canada?
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What are the details of the immigration programs under Quebec PNP?
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What are the eligibility criteria for Quebec Skilled Worker Program?
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What is a Quebec Selection Certificate/Certificat du sélection du Québec (CSQ)?
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How soon can one get a CSQ?
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How is the immigration process to Quebec different from other immigration programs in Canada?
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Why is the Quebec PNP different from other PNPs in Canada?
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