Quebec Immigrant Programs

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Quebec Business/Investor Immigration: Application Intake Suspended until April 1, 2023

The Quebec Business/Investor Immigration program is a category of Canadian immigration
that is available to individuals who have acquired entrepreneurial, investor, or
self-employed experience.

All applicants must show that they are capable of becoming economically established in
Canada and have the intention of settling in the Province of Quebec following their
acceptance.
Each of the three business categories (Entrepreneur, Investor and
Self Employed) has their own requirements and selection process.

Quebec Investor Program:

To qualify as an investor, an individual must:

  • Have, alone or with his accompanying spouse, including de facto spouse, net assets
    of at least $2,000,000 CAN
    obtained legally, excluding the amounts received by
    donation less than six months before the date on which the application was filed.
  • Have experience in management in a legal farming, commercial or industrial
    business, or in a legal professional business where the staff, excluding the investor,
    occupies at least the equivalent of two full-time jobs, or for an international agency
    or a government or one of its departments or agencies;
  • Intend to settle in Quebec and willing to make a government-secured investment
    of CAD$1,200,000 for a period of 5 years. Financing of this investment is available
    through Canadian financial intermediary (broker or trust company) authorized to
    participate in the Investor Program.

The assessment of your application will also take into account other factors such as your
age,
the nature and duration of your professional training and your language skills.
For more information and assessment of your qualifications, please complete our
Investor Client Assessment form.

Quebec Entrepreneur Program:

The Quebec Entrepreneur Program aims to recruit individuals who have the skills and experience to operate a business in the province. To be eligible for this program, you must meet the following conditions:

Stream 1

  • You must settle in Québec to create and operate a business for which you have already received a service offer from a business accelerator or incubator or a university entrepreneurship center.

Stream 2

  • Create or acquire and operate a business.
  • Invest $300,000 for a business in the Montreal metropolitan are or $200,000 outside of Montreal metropolitan are.
  • You must have a minimum net worth of CAD $900,000, alone or with your spouse if applicable, and you must demonstrate that this money has been legally acquired.
  • If you choose to create a business, you must own and control at least 25% of its equity capital. If you choose to acquire a business, you must own and control at least 51% of its equity capital.

 

Quebec Self-Employed Program:

To qualify as a Self-Employed person, an individual must:

  • Have a net worth of at least CAD$100,000,
  • Have at least 2 years of work experience as a self-employed in the profession or trade that they intend to practice in Quebec.
  • Make a start-up deposit.

 

Quebec Immigration - Skilled Worker Program

The Quebec Immigration selection system for Quebec Skilled Workers is designed to indicate which applicants are likely to become economically established upon immigration to Quebec.

An applicant can qualify for the Quebec Skilled Worker category if they hold either a validated job offer in Quebec or possess experience in a targeted area of training.

Applicants who are successful under the Quebec Immigration selection system are issued a Quebec Selection Certificate, followed by a Canadian Permanent Resident (Immigration) Visa.

 

Quebec Experience Class

If you have studied or worked in the province of Quebec, you may be eligible to immigrate under this fast-track Canadian immigration program.

Under the Quebec Experience Class (Programme de l’expérience Québécoise, or PEQ), there are two categories: one for foreign students, and another for Temporary Foreign Workers.

 

Foreign students will be eligible to apply under this program if they:

  • Have obtained a degree or diploma from an educational institution recognized by the Quebec Ministry of Education;
  • Have studied in Quebec for at least 1,800 hours (two years); and
  • Show that have successfully completed an intermediate level French course at a Quebec educational institution, if their studies were not completed in French.

 

Temporary Foreign Workers in Quebec will be eligible to apply under this program if they:

  • Have 24 months of Quebec work experience in a skilled, managerial or professional occupation in the 36 months prior to their application:
  • Are employed and show legal status in Quebec at the time of their application; and
  • Show that have successfully completed an intermediate level French course at a Quebec educational institution or provide results of a standardized French proficiency test. Alternatively, they can show that they have satisfied the French language requirements of the professional order governing their occupation in Quebec.

 

For an assessment of your qualifications, please complete our Preliminary Assessment Questionnaire