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Quebec Skilled Worker Program

Quebec Skilled Worker Program

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Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP)

Quebec, located east of Ontario, is Canada’s second most populous province, accounting for more than 23% of the country’s total population. Montréal, Canada’s second largest city, and Ottawa, the country’s capital, are both located in the province.


Except for a few federal programmes, Quebec’s immigration authorities offer several fairly specialised pathways to the Canadian province, but none of them are associated with Express Entry, so there’s no need to be eligible for Express Entry and be in the pool.

The Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP), developed by the Quebec government and the Canadian federal government, allows highly educated and trained foreign nationals to immigrate to Quebec as skilled workers. Prospective immigrants who apply to the Skilled Worker Quebec Program are assessed based on a set of criteria, and those who score high enough are awarded a Quebec Sel. This is the application process for skilled workers who want to become permanent residents of Canada and live in Quebec.

Candidates for permanent residency are chosen for the programme if they intend to live in Quebec and are likely to become economically established there.

A solitary applicant must obtain at least 50 points to be considered for immigration to Canada as a Quebec-selected skilled worker. To be qualified for the QSW Program, potential immigrants must score at least 59 points with their spouse or common-law partner.

  • Apply to the Government of Quebec for a Quebec Selection Certificate (Certificat de sélection du Québec [CSQ]).
      • The Province of Quebec will assess you, using its own rules.
      • The certificate shows that the Province of Quebec has accepted you as an immigrant.


  • If the Province of Quebec chooses you and gives you a CSQ, you must apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada for permanent residence.


The Arrima platform allows for a better alignment between immigration and the needs of Québec’s labour market. Its use is completely free. Ultimately, the platform will provide services for all the Ministère’s clients. Many of these services will be developed in the coming years.

For the time being, Arrima is intended for:

  • Individuals who wish to immigrate permanently or temporarily under one of these programs:
    • Regular Skilled Worker Program
    • Québec Experience Program
    • Permanent immigration pilot programs
    • International Student Program (document transmission only)