Quebec has made significant revisions to its Areas of Training list signifying a continued emphasis on highly-specialized professional training when choosing skilled worker immigrants to the province.
The Areas of Training list is one of ten factors under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) points grid. It awards a maximum of 12 points based on the applicant’s university, college, or secondary-level vocational degree from a Quebec based, or foreign educational institution.
Under the new list, applicants with foreign graduate, college-level, or secondary-level vocational degrees in a wide range of areas can receive up to 12 points, the highest score.
Revised Section A of the Area of Training List
The number of foreign-issued degrees that gives an applicant 12 points remains unchanged at seven. Yet, the revised list highlights that Quebec plans to build a bigger and more diverse pool of skilled worker immigrants through its new Expression of Interest system.
While the previous list awarded maximum points to those with degrees and qualifications in genetics, computer science and engineering, nuclear medicine, pharmaceutical production, and other similar occupations, the revised list includes courses related to the following occupations:
- Restaurant management including chefs and food service supervisors and managers
- Heavy duty equipment mechanics related to agriculture.
- Actuarial sciences
- Information management
- Early childhood educators
Revised Section B of the Areas of Training List
Section B, representing nine points in the points grid, covers a wider range of degrees and occupations as compared to Section A.
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The range of eligible courses too has expanded to include university degrees in Preschool Teacher Training, Geology or Mineralogy; DCS/ACS in Special Care Counselling; and DVS in Boiler making, Die making etc.
A Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or Engineering, which gave 12 points earlier, has been moved to Section B awarding 9 points.
‘A larger list of eligible secondary-level vocational degrees under Section B will provide even those without college degrees an opportunity to join the pool of candidates eligible for selection through draws under the new expression of entry system.
Along with the changes to Section C, the cumulative effect of the revisions indicates that the new EOI system represents a positive change for Quebec seeking to hire foreign workers. It also represents new opportunities for immigrants seeking a permanent pathway Canada under the Quebec expression of interest system.
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