Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) | What should you know and how does it work?

Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) | What should you know and how does it work?

The Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) is a points-based initiative performed separately from the federal government of Canada’s programs for the Federal Skilled Workers.

People who want to reside as permanent residents in the province of Quebec for work may be eligible for immigration to Quebec through the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP).

An applicant may include their spouse, common-law partner and any dependent children on their application – applicants must note that additional points are awarded to applicants with families (especially those with young children) under theRSWP program. Selected applicants who have matched the criteria needed in Québec will receive an invitation to apply to the permanent selection.

Up-to-date invitations

Quebec’s Expression of Interest System – Arrima

Quebec's Expression of Interest System - Arrima

As of July 2019, the province of Quebec established the first invitations for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP)  applicants using a novel system Arrima.

See the up-to-date invitations with their criteria:

Invitations through Arrima
InvitationdatesNumber of invitations (persons)Criteria
June 17, 202169These invitations were addressed to:persons who met the following criteria:they had a validated offer of employment.This exercise made it possible to invite all the persons referred to who had filed an expression of interest on this date and time of retrieval.
May 27, 202190These invitations were addressed to:persons who met the following criteria:they had a validated offer of employment;persons mentioned in Section 26 of the Québec Immigration Regulation (CQLR, chapter I-0.2.1, r. 3).
April 29, 202183These invitations were addressed to:persons who met the following criteria:they had a validated offer of employment;persons mentioned in Section 26 of the Québec Immigration Regulation (CQLR, chapter I-0.2.1, r. 3).
March 30, 2021208These invitations were addressed to:persons who met the following criteria:they had a validated offer of employment;persons mentioned in Section 26 of the Québec Immigration Regulation (CQLR, chapter I-0.2.1, r. 3).
Jan. 26, 202195These invitations were addressed to:persons who met the following criteria:they had a validated offer of employment;persons mentioned in Section 26 of the Québec Immigration Regulation (CQLR, chapter I-0.2.1, r. 3).
Dec. 16, 2020233These invitations were addressed to:persons who met the following criteria:they had a validated offer of employment;persons mentioned in Section 26 of the Québec Immigration Regulation (CQLR, chapter I-0.2.1, r. 3).
Sep. 24, 2020365These invitations were addressed to:persons who met the following criteria:they had a validated offer of employment;persons mentioned in Section 26 of the Québec Immigration Regulation (CQLR, chapter I-0.2.1, r. 3);persons mentioned in section 47 of the Québec Immigration Act (CQRL, chapter I-0.2.1).
June 18, 20207In accordance with Section 29 of this Act, these persons met the following criteria:their application for selection submitted under the Regular Skilled Worker Program was finalized, pursuant to Section 28 of the Act; andthey filed an expression of interest with the Minister before December 17, 2019; andthey were in one of the following situations:their application, which was finalized under the Act, was submitted to the Minister under Section 5.01 of the Regulation respecting the selection of foreign nationals (CQLR, chapter I-0.2, r. 4); orthey were staying in Québec on June 16, 2019 while they held a study or work permit issued pursuant to Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (SOR/2002-227).
Jan. 16, 202023In accordance with Section 29 of this Act, these persons met the following criteria:their application for selection submitted under the Regular Skilled Worker Program was finalized, pursuant to Section 28 of the Act; andthey filed an expression of interest with the Minister before December 17, 2019; andthey were in one of the following situations:their application, which was finalized under the Act, was submitted to the Minister under Section 5.01 of the Regulation respecting the selection of foreign nationals (CQLR, chapter I-0.2, r. 4); orthey were staying in Québec on June 16, 2019 while they held a study or work permit issued pursuant to Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (SOR/2002-227).
Dec. 17, 2019220In accordance with Section 29 of this Act, these persons met the following criteria:their application for selection submitted under the Regular Skilled Worker Program was finalized, pursuant to Section 28 of the Act; andthey filed an expression of interest with the Minister before December 17, 2019; andthey were in one of the following situations:their application, which was finalized under the Act, was submitted to the Minister under Section 5.01 of the Regulation respecting the selection of foreign nationals (CQLR, chapter I-0.2, r. 4); orthey were staying in Québec on June 16, 2019 while they held a study or work permit issued pursuant to Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (SOR/2002-227).
Dec. 12, 201985These invitations were addressed to:persons who met the following criteria:they had a validated offer of employment;persons mentioned in Section 26 of the Québec Immigration Regulation (CQLR, chapter I-0.2.1, r. 3).
Oct. 29, 201973These invitations were addressed to:persons who met the following criteria:they had a validated offer of employment;persons mentioned in Section 26 of the Québec Immigration Regulation (CQLR, chapter I-0.2.1, r. 3).
Oct. 23, 201989In accordance with Section 29 of this Act, these persons met the following criteria:their application for selection submitted under the Regular Skilled Worker Program was finalized, pursuant to Section 28 of the Act; andthey filed an expression of interest with the Minister before December 17, 2019; andthey were in one of the following situations:their application, which was finalized under the Act, was submitted to the Minister under Section 5.01 of the Regulation respecting the selection of foreign nationals (CQLR, chapter I-0.2, r. 4); orthey were staying in Québec on June 16, 2019 while they held a study or work permit issued pursuant to Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (SOR/2002-227).
Sep. 25, 2019169In accordance with Section 29 of this Act, these persons met the following criteria:their application for selection submitted under the Regular Skilled Worker Program was finalized, pursuant to Section 28 of the Act; andthey filed an expression of interest with the Minister before December 17, 2019; andthey were in one of the following situations:their application, which was finalized under the Act, was submitted to the Minister under Section 5.01 of the Regulation respecting the selection of foreign nationals (CQLR, chapter I-0.2, r. 4); orthey were staying in Québec on June 16, 2019 while they held a study or work permit issued pursuant to Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (SOR/2002-227).
Sep. 4, 201932These invitations were addressed to:persons who met the following criteria:they had a validated offer of employment;persons mentioned in Section 26 of the Québec Immigration Regulation (CQLR, chapter I-0.2.1, r. 3).
August 19, 2019444In accordance with Section 29 of this Act, these persons met the following criteria:their application for selection submitted under the Regular Skilled Worker Program was finalized, pursuant to Section 28 of the Act; andthey filed an expression of interest with the Minister before December 17, 2019; andthey were in one of the following situations:their application, which was finalized under the Act, was submitted to the Minister under Section 5.01 of the Regulation respecting the selection of foreign nationals (CQLR, chapter I-0.2, r. 4); orthey were staying in Québec on June 16, 2019 while they held a study or work permit issued pursuant to Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (SOR/2002-227).
July 17, 2019259These invitations were addressed to:persons who met the following criteria:they had a validated offer of employment;persons mentioned in Section 26 of the Québec Immigration Regulation (CQLR, chapter I-0.2.1, r. 3).
July 4, 2019691In accordance with Section 29 of this Act, these persons met the following criteria: their application for selection submitted under the Regular Skilled Worker Program was finalized, pursuant to Section 28 of the Act; andthey filed an expression of interest with the Minister before December 17, 2019; andthey were in one of the following situations:their application, which was finalized under the Act, was submitted to the Minister under Section 5.01 of the Regulation respecting the selection of foreign nationals (CQLR, chapter I-0.2, r. 4); orthey were staying in Québec on June 16, 2019 while they held a study or work permit issued pursuant to Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (SOR/2002-227).

Mon Projet Québec

Candidates invited to apply for immigration to Quebec through the QSWP must use the secure Mon projet Québec portal to apply. Mon projet Québec allows candidates to complete their application for a CSQ, make their payment online, follow the status of their application, make changes to their application, and access personal electronic messaging throughout the process.

To be among those who are selected, you must have the training and professional skills that will facilitate your job integration in Québec, such as:

  • Language proficiency.
  • Your age.
  • The characteristics of your spouse.
  • The presence of children.
     

People with a validated job offer in Quebec, as well as temporary residents entitled to apply for a CSQ, may apply at any time, outside the regular intake limit.

People can also apply for the Quebec Experience Program (PEQ), with expedited processing times at the CSQ application stage. It should be noted that French proficiency is required under the PEQ.

The Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP)s requirements

As of January 1, 2020, all applicants for permanent residence through Quebec immigration programs are required to show they understand Quebec values. This can be done by passing a Quebec values test or completing a course in Quebec values.

People who intend to apply for applicants must meet the minimum required scores on the eligibility points of a selection grid as it shows below. There are different eligibility factors for single applicants unlike applicants with an accompanying spouse or common-law partner, and all applicants have to pass two points factors to become eligible.

Single applicant & Applicants with a spouse/common-law partner

A single (unmarried) applicant must score at least 43 points based on this system. While an applicant with a spouse or common-law partner must score a minimum of  59 points, based on the following factors:

  • Level Of Education;
  • Area Of Training;
  • Work Experience;
  • Age;
  • French, And English Proficiency.

Selection Grid

FactorsMarking schemeMaxPts
1. EducationPoints
103
Max
Max
120
26
1.1 Level of EducationMax14
a) General Secondary2
b) Professional Secondary6
c) General Post Secondary – CEGEP-  (2 years)4
d) Technical Post Secondary -College–  1 or 2  year6
e) Technical Post Secondary -College–  3 years8
f) Undergraduate University –  1 year4
g) Undergraduate University –  2 years6
1. Education & Training
Cut-off score =2
h) Undergraduate University –  3 years +10
i) Graduated Diploma-Master Degree – 1 year +12
j) Doctoral Degree14
1.2 Area of trainingMax12
(Quebec diploma or equivalent) from the list
a) Section A – part I or II12
b) Section B – part I or II9
c) Section C – part I or II6
d) Section D – part II2
e) Section E – part I0
2. Professional ExperienceMax8
a) Less than 6months
2. Experienceb) 6 to 23 months4
c) 24 to 35 months6
d) 36 to 47 months 6
e) 48 months or more8
3. AgeMax16
18 to 35 years old16
36 years old14
37 years old12
3. Age38 years old10
39 years old8
40 years old6
41 years old4
42 years old2
43+ years old0
4. LanguagesMax22
4.1 FrenchMax16
a) Listening (Compréhension orale)7
b) Speaking (Expression orale)7
b) Reading (Compréhension écrite)1
4. Languagesb) Writing (Expression écrite)1
4.2 EnglishMax6
a) Listening2
b) Speaking2
b) Reading1
b) Writing1
5.1 Stay in Quebec &  Family in Quebec Max8
5.1 Stay in Quebec  Max5
a) Study + diploma DEP/AEC 900 h +work experience 6 months in the area of training5
5. Stay in Quebec and Family in Quebecb) Study + diploma DEC/university undergraduate and graduate degrees5
c) Work permit 1 year + work experience 6 months5
d) Other stay 3 months + 2
e) Other stays 2 weeks to 3 months 1
5.2 Family in Quebec Max3
a)Father/mother/sibling/children
/spouse
3
b) Grand-parents 3
6. Spouse’s Characteristics Max 17
6.1 Education                  Max8
6.1.1 Level of Education   Max4
a) General Secondary1
b) Professional Secondary2
c) General Post Secondary – CEGEP-  (2 years) 1
d) Technical Post Secondary -College–  1 or 2  year 2
e) Technical Post Secondary -College–  3 years 3
g) Undergraduate University –  2 years 1
h) Undergraduate University –  3 years + 3
i) Graduated Diploma-Master Degree – 1 year + 4
j) Doctoral Degree4
6. Spouse’s Characteristic6.1.2 Area of trainingMax4
a) Section A – part I or II4
b) Section B – part I or II 3
c) Section C – part I or II2
d) Section D – part II 1
e) Section E – part I 0
6.2 AgeMax3
18 to 35 years old3
36 to 39 years old 2
40 to 42 years old 1
43+ years old 0
6.3 FrenchMax6
Listening3
Speaking 3
7. Job OfferMax14
a) Validated job offer in GMR8
a) Validated job offer outside GMR 14
Gaspésie 10
Bas-St-Laurent
Côte Nord
Laurentides
Mauricie
7. Job Offer Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean12
Abitibi-Témiscamingue
Centre-de-Québec
Estrie
Lanaudière
Outaouais 13
Capital-Nationale
Chaudière-Appalaches
Montérégie
Single applicants without suppose43 or 52
8. ChildrenMax8
8. Children12 years old and less – per child4
13 to 21 years old – per child 2
9. Financial Self-Sufficiency9. Financial Self-SufficiencyMax1
Contractual subscription1

Processing 

To immigrate to Canada through the Quebec Regular Skilled Workers Program (RSWP),  to become permanent residents of Canada and live in Quebec. You must apply in the following 2 stages:

  1. 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.
  2. If the Province of Quebec chooses you and gives you a CSQ, you must apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada for permanent residence.

Processing time 

15 to 17 months

These processing time instructions are for your application for permanent residence only.