The Quebec Government encourages foreign workers working in Quebec and international students completing a program of post secondary studies in Quebec, to permanently remain in the province.
The Quebec Experience Program (PEQ) is a simplified fast-track process leading to permanent residence for the two categories of applicants. The program allows international students and temporary foreign workers to apply for permanent residence from within Quebec, after completing a period of qualified work or approved studies.
Québec Experience Program for Students:
For students to be eligible, they must have studied in Quebec and are at the advanced stages of obtaining one of the following types of diplomas:
- Diploma of Vocational Studies (Diplôme d’Études Professionelles) involving 1 800 hours of study;
- DVS followed by an Attestation of Vocational Specialization (Attestation de spécialisation professionnelle) totaling 1 800 hours of study;
- Diploma of College Studies, technical training (Diplôme d’Études Collégiales technique);
- Bachelor’s degree;
- Master’s degree; or
The diploma or degree must be granted by a university or by a public education institution located in Quebec and recognized by the government. Also, the international student must have lived in Quebec for at least half the duration of their study program.
In addition, the international student must possess an intermediate-advanced knowledge of oral French. The student can prove his knowledge of French by one of the following:
- Completed one of the above programs in French;
- Studied in French on a full-time basis for at least three years in a secondary or post-secondary educational institution;
- Completed an intermediate-advanced approved French course given in Quebec;
- Passed a recognized French test, such as the Test d’évaluation de français and others;
- Satisfied the language requirements of a professional Order in Quebec.
Students may submit their application for permanent residence from within Quebec six months before completing their program of study. The Certificat de Sélection du Quebec (CSQ) is issued to the student upon confirmation of successful completion of an approved program of study.
Read more about the conditions to qualify under the Quebec Experience Program – graduate of Quebec stream.
Québec Experience Program for Temporary Workers:
To qualify under the PEQ, the applicant must be residing temporarily in Quebec as a temporary foreign worker or as a participant in an approved work holiday program.
The applicant must have been employed full-time in Quebec in any paid employment for a period of 12 months in the 24 months that precede the submission of the application. The 12-month period need not be continuous and can be accumulated with more than one employer.
Under the Regulations of August 2nd, 2018, all occupations are eligible for PEQ. This means that in addition to the managerial, professional and technical occupations that were accepted under the old program, the new PEQ accepts also level C (intermediate jobs that usually call for high school and/or job-specific training) and level D (labour jobs that usually give on-the-job training) occupations.
In Quebec, full-time employment constitutes a minimum of 30 hours of paid work per week. Time spent as self-employed, business owner or part-time work is not eligible under the PEQ.
A student’s or worker’s spouse, who is working in Quebec on an open work permit, will also qualify for this program if they meet the requirements.
At the time of submission of the application, the temporary foreign worker must be employed full-time and must be in full compliance with the visa conditions of a temporary foreign worker.
The temporary foreign worker must also possess an intermediate knowledge of oral French. To prove French language abilities, the applicant may choose from among one the options described above.
Under the PEQ program, the selection decisions are made solely from the information and documentary evidence submitted on file, and this is not a points-based program.
All applications should be concluded in approximately 20 business days with the issuance of a CSQ.
Once the CSQ issued, the applicant will apply for permanent residence to the federal government to conclude health, security and related matters.
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Which course should you complete to prove your oral French knowledge?
One of the most popular options to prove knowledge of French for the Quebec Experience Program is to provide a final transcript attesting to the successful completion of an advanced intermediate level French course taken in Québec, in a recognized educational institution.
It is very important to select a course that is accepted by the authorities before registering. Submission of a Quebec Experience Program application with an invalid French course can lead to a refused application.
Several course options are offered, divided by educational level, from high school to university level. The selection of the appropriate educational level depends on the type of eligible diploma you are pursuing for the Quebec Experience Program. For example, if you are pursuing a bachelor degree, you will select a university level language course.
|High School Level|
|Study Program||French Class Code||French Class Title|
|French, second language|
** Successful completion of both French Second Language Class 1 and 3 is mandatory to be recognized as proof of advanced intermediate French.
|Study Programs||Codes and Titles of Courses|
|French Level Class for non-francophone students|
|French as a Second Language Class – Common General Program|
|Institution/Study Program||Code and Title of Courses|
|HEC Montreal – Business French Class (Français des affaires)|
|École Polytechnique de Montréal|
|University of Montreal|
|University of Sherbrooke|
|Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC)|
|Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)|
|Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR)|
École internationale de français
|Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT)|
Centre de langues
** Courses in bold are the minimal courses accepted by the authorities as proof of advanced intermediate French knowledge. Other courses listed are more advanced level courses which are also accepted by the authorities.
The Quebec experience program (Quebec Graduate Stream), enables qualified international students, on a valid study permit, to apply for permanent residence after successfully completing approved full-time studies in an eligible study program in the province of Quebec.
Applications in this stream are treated on a priority basis and generally conclude in less than 12-months.
International students who have the required finances and other qualifications, must first obtain admission to an eligible study program and must obtain a study permit to study in Canada.
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Conditions to qualify for the Quebec PEQ program (Graduate of Quebec Stream):
Completion of one of the following eligible diplomas
- Bachelor Degree (University Undergraduate);
- Master’s Degree, Doctorate;
- DEC – diploma of college studies, technical training;
- DEP – diploma of vocational studies) attesting to 1800 hours of study or more;
- DEP followed by ASP – attestation of vocational specialization) attesting to a minimum of 1800 hours of continuing education and leading to a particular trade
You must have resided temporarily in Québec for at least half of the study program on a study permit and have respected the conditions of your stay.
Knowledge of advanced intermediate oral French
There are four options (only 1 required) in order to meet the French language requirement.
- If you pursue studies in one of the eligible diploma programs listed above, completely in French, this confirms your knowledge of the required French language level; Or
- Providing an attestation of results of a French test or diploma recognized by the authorities that demonstrates B2 (intermediate) French in oral comprehension and production; Or
- Providing a final transcript attesting to the successful completion of an advanced intermediate level French course taken in Québec, in a recognized educational institution included on the list of French courses eligible under the PEQ; Or
- Providing a regular licence to practise from a professional order in Québec or an attestation of fulfilment of the language requirements of a professional order in Québec or an attestation of successful completion of an examination administered by the Office québécois de la langue française for the purposes of obtaining a regular licence to practise.
- Providing a final transcript to attest to the successful completion of at least three years of full-time secondary or post-secondary study completed entirely in French.
NOTE: You must be at least 18 years old and hold a valid passport and, if you are submitting your application within Canada, be legally residing in Québec at the time of submission of your application.
When to submit an application?
You may submit your application 6 months before the date on which you expect to receive your attestation of successful completion or diploma but not later than 36 months following receipt of your diploma.
In order to pursue studies in Quebec, proof of unencumbered available funds is required to cover tuition and living expenses.
You can prove funding with:
- your bank statements for six months showing sufficient funds to support your studies and proof you paid tuition and housing fees;
- bank statements from a close relative showing sufficient funds to support your studies and a financial support confirmation letter from the close relative;
- proof of funding paid from within Canada, if you have a scholarship or are in a Canadian-funded educational program.
Tuition is estimated at $15,000 a year. This amount varies between institutions and study programs.
In addition to tuition, you must have adequate living expenses, calculated as follows:
|Persons coming to Quebec||Amount of funds required per year (in addition to the tuition)|
|With a family member older than 18 (2)||+$5,100|
|With a family member under 18 (2)||+$3,800|
|Any additional family member older than 18||+$5,125|
|Any additional family member under 18||+$1,903|
How to calculate the amount of proof of funds?
Example: Tuition $15,000 + $11,000 (student) + $5,100 (spouse)
Total proof of funds needed: $31,100
You are not eligible for the Quebec Experience Program if:
- you hold a bursary with a clause stipulating a return to your country, unless you have already fulfilled this condition;
- you have started a new study program in Québec.
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How to prove your knowledge of oral French?
On this page you will find the list of the French tests or diplomas that the Quebec government will accept to prove your knowledge of French.
In order to be eligible to apply for permanent residence to Canada under the Quebec Experience Program, you must be able to show advanced intermediate knowledge of oral French.
The results must date from less than two years from the date of submission of the application.
These are the recognized tests and diplomas:
- the Test d’évaluation du français adapté pour le Québec (TEFAQ) of the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Paris Île-de-France (CCIP);
- the Test de connaissance du français pour le Québec (TCF-Québec) of the Centre international d’études pédagogiques (CIEP);
- the Test d’évaluation du français (TEF) of the CCIP-IDF;
- the Test d’évaluation du français pour le Canada (TEF Canada) de la CCIP-IDF;
- the Test de connaissance du français (TCF) of the CIEP;
- the Diplôme d’études en langue française (DELF)* of the CIEP;
- the Diplôme approfondi de langue française (DALF)* of the CIEP.
For the evaluation of French knowledge, advanced intermediate results (level B2) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages are needed in oral comprehension and oral production in order to qualify for the Quebec Experience Program.
The CEFR Levels
The table below describes the language proficiency skills based on your abilities to read, write, speak and listen and can help you identify your current language level.
|ADVANCED||C2||Can understand with ease everything heard or read. Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.|
|C1||Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.|
|INTERMEDIATE||B2||Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.|
|B1||Can understand the main points of input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.|
|A2||Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to simple areas (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.|
|A1||Can understand and use familiar expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of basic concrete needs. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.|
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The table below shows the Quebec Ministry of Immigration, Diversity fee schedule for applications submitted in 2018.
|Type of application||From January 1, 2018|
|Permanent immigration |
Applications for a Certificat of Selection of Québec (CSQ)
|Business: Entrepreneur and self-employed||$1,062|
|Each accompanying family member (except investor class)||$168|
|Employer requesting validation of permanent employment||$196|
|Undertaking applications (sponsorships)|
|For the principal sponsored person or the first sponsored minor||$279|
|For each other sponsored person||$112|
Applications for a Certificat of Acceptance of Québec (CAQ)
|Employer posting a temporary employment offer (except seasonal agriculture)||$196|
|Person on a temporary stay for medical treatment||$112|
|Application for recognition of an immigration consultant||$1,625|
|Application for renewal of recognition||$1,321|
|Comparative evaluation for studies done outside Québec (There may be translation fees in addition)||$117|