Changes to the Québec Immigration Regulation

Changes to the Québec Immigration Regulation were published in the Gazette officielle du Québec on October 30, 2019. These changes are designed to better respond to job market needs and to facilitate the full participation of immigrants in Québec society, in French. Most of the changes enter into effect on November 1, 2019, with a few exceptions that will enter into effect on January 1, 2020. Moreover, effective November 1, 2019, the Ministère is implementing decisions regarding the rules for managing applications for certain immigration programs. The content of these decisions can be found on the page regarding Immigration rules and procedures.

Programme de l’expérience québécoise (PEQ – Québec experience program)

Effective November 1, 2019, Québec graduates can again submit applications for permanent selection under the Programme de l’expérience québécoise (PEQ – Québec experience program). Temporary foreign workers can continue to submit applications. Effective November 1, 2019, new selection conditions apply to all applications, whether they were submitted before or after this date.

Québec graduates

Effective November 1, 2019, Québec diplomas admissible under the PEQ are:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (undergraduate university degree)
  • Master’s Degree
  • Doctorate (PhD)
  • Diploma of College Studies – Technical
  • Vocational Diploma, with or without attestation of vocational specialization, obtained consecutively, attesting to a minimum of 900 hours of study
  • Attestation of Vocational Specialization attesting to a minimum of 900 hours of study
  • Attestation of College Studies attesting to a minimum of 900 hours of study

To be eligible, these attestations or diplomas must be included on the List of Areas of Training under the PEQ – Graduates (in French only – 437 kB). This list contains the areas of training in Québec that best respond to job market needs.

Candidates must also have completed a minimum of 900 hours of full-time study in Québec or, if their attestation or diploma attests to more than 1,800 hours of study, they must have lived in Québec for at least half of the duration of their study program.

Lastly, for study programs of 900 hours to less than 1,800 hours, candidates must have 6 months of full-time work experience, in Québec, acquired after their study program and in their area of training.

Temporary foreign workers

Effective November 1, 2019, temporary foreign workers eligible for the PEQ must:

In addition, the job held must not be:

  • in an ineligible field, under Part 2 of Schedule E of the Québec Immigration Regulation, namely: loans on salaries, cheque cashing or pawn broking, or production, distribution, sale of pornography or sexually explicit products or services related to the sex industry such as nude or erotic dancing, escort services or erotic massages
  • in the form of self-employment or for a company controlled by the candidate in any way

Effective January 1, 2020, only the following means are admissible for attesting to knowledge of French:

  • result of a standardized test
  • fulfilment of the language requirements of a professional order
  • successful completion of at least three years of secondary or post-secondary study conducted entirely in French

Moreover, effective January 1, 2020, the spouse or de facto spouse included in the application for selection must demonstrate advanced intermediate knowledge of spoken French (level 7 or 8 on the Échelle québécoise des niveaux de compétences en français des personnes immigrantes adultes).

Changes to the Programme régulier des travailleurs qualifiés (PRTQ –Regular Skilled Worker Program)

Changes to the Québec Immigration Regulation provide details on the processing method for new applications for selection presented under the PRTQ to add or remove a family member accompanying the principal applicant. These changes come into effect on November 1, 2019.

Attestation of the learning of democratic values and Québec values expressed in the Québec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms

Effective January 1, 2020, a new selection condition related to the learning of democratic values and Québec values expressed in the Québec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms will come into effect in order to promote better integration of immigrants into Québec society. It will apply to all economic immigration programs, namely, the PEQ, PRTQ, Self-Employed Worker Program, Entrepreneur Program and Investor Program.

This new condition will apply to principal applicants, their spouses (aged 16 or over) and dependent children aged 18 or over. However, it will not apply to foreign nationals who have a medical condition that prevents them from obtaining the attestation.