This program is the result of a special agreement between the province of Quebec and the government of Canada.
The province has its own rules and regulations in regard to the way they choose the most suitable applicants. Applicants must possess expert work skills, language proficiency and knowledge of the culture/religion of the province.
As a side note – French speakers may adapt better than English speakers due to Quebec’s larger French-speaking communities.


Determining your eligibility and qualifying

The first step will be to research and find all the eligibility criteria relevant to participating in this program, then follow a special selection process done by the province of Quebec directly. This process gives the candidate a Certificate of Quebec Selection prior to the finalized application that is reviewed by the CIC.

The application itself comes in these steps:

A – Application with the Quebec government for a Certificat du Quebec (CSQ).

B – Application with the CIC to become a permanent resident in Canada.

Additionally, there are these parameters to consider:

  • You must meet the English/French language proficiency requirements.
  • Minimum of 2 years’ work experience (or an equal amount of part time work) in a skilled trade field in the five years prior to your application.
    Note that only paid work is qualified.
  • You must meet all the work requirements of the National Occupation Classification (NOC) in the relevant skilled trade.
  • You must have a full or part-time job offer for a period of at least one year or a certificate that qualifies you to work in the relevant skilled trade.


In-demand professions in Quebec


  • Visual effects and 2D / 3D
  • Computer animation for film, television or video games the following roles within visual effects and 2D / 3D
  • Computer animation for film, television or video games: 2D supervisor, 3D supervisor
  • Compositing artist
  • Matte painter
  • Modeller
  • Rigger
  • Stereo artist
  • Texture artist
  • Computer graphics supervisor
  • Producer
  • Production manager
  • Technical director
  • Visual effects supervisor
  • Skilled classical ballet dancers
  • Skilled orchestral musicians
  • Software developer
  • Systems engineer
  • Shader writer


  • Cardiac physiologist
  • Clinical neurophysiologist
  • Clinical vascular scientist
  • Respiratory physiologist
  • Sleep physiologist
  • Nuclear medicine technologist
  • Radiotherapy technologist
  • Specialist nurse working in operating theatres
  • Operating department practitioner
  • Specialist nurse working in neonatal intensive care units


  • Skilled chef


  • Chemical engineer
  • Geotechnical design engineer
  • Geotechnical specialist
  • Reservoir panel engineer
  • Rock mechanics engineer
  • Soil mechanics engineer
  • Geomechanics engineer
  • Mining geotechnical engineer
  • Mining and coal engineer
  • Wells engineer
  • Tunnelling engineer
  • Petroleum engineer
  • Drilling engineerCompletions engineer
  • Fluids engineer
  • Reservoir engineer
  • Offshore and sub-sea engineer
  • Control and instrument engineer
  • Process safety engineer
  • Design engineer in the electricity transmission and distribution industry
  • Simulation development engineer
  • Licensed and military certifying engineer / inspector technician

Decommissioning and waste management areas of the nuclear industry:

  • Managing director
  • Programme director
  • Site director
  • Electrical engineers in the oil and gas industry
  • Technical services manager in the decommissioning and waste areas of the nuclear industry
  • Nuclear medicine scientist

Electricity transmission and distribution:

  • Power system engineer
  • Control engineer
  • Protection engineer
  • Geoenvironmental specialist
  • Geoenvironmental engineerConta
  • minated land engineer
  • Landfill engineer
  • Metallurgical / mineral processing engineer
  • Project manager

Aerospace sector:

  • Aerothermal engineer
  • Stress engineer
  • Chief of engineering
  • Advance tool and fixturing engineer
  • mechanical engineer
  • Manufacturing engineer (purchasing)
  • Manufacturing engineer (process planning)
  • Technical services representative

Decommissioning and waste management areas of the nuclear industry:

  • Operations manager
  • Decommissioning specialist manager
  • Project / planning engineer
  • Radioactive waste manager
  • Radiological protection advisor

Electricity transmission and distribution industry:

  • Project engineer
  • Proposals engineer
  • Commissioning engineer
  • Substation electrical engineer
  • Overhead linesworker
  • Quality, health, safety and environment (QHSE) engineer

Consultants in the following specialties:

  • Clinical neurophysiology
  • Emergency medicine
  • Genito-urinary medicine
  • Haematology
  • Neurology
  • Occupational medicine

Consultants in the following specialties of psychiatry:

  • Forensic psychiatry
  • General psychiatry
  • Learning disabilities psychiatry
  • Old age psychiatry

Non-consultant, non-training, medical staff posts in the following specialties:

  • Anaesthetics
  • Paediatrics
  • General medicine specialties delivering acute care services (intensive care medicine, general internal medicine (acute))
  • Emergency medicine
  • General surgery
  • Obstetrics and gynecology
  • Trauma and orthopaedic surgery
  • ST4 level trainees in paediatrics HPC-registered diagnostic radiographer
  • HPC-registered therapeutic radiographer
  • Sonographer

Environmental :

  • Hydro geologist
  • Geophysicist
  • Geoscientist
  • Geophysical specialist
  • Engineering geophysicist
  • Engineering geomorphologist
  • Geologist
  • Geochemist
  • Environmental scientist


  • Secondary education teachers in the subjects of maths or pure sciences (physics and / or chemistry)
  • Social worker in children’s and family services