Each year Quebec welcomes immigrant workers whose skill sets match current needs in the market. Unlike other Canadian Provinces, it does not have a specific Provincial Nominee Program. Instead, there are three unique programs for permanent workers in Quebec.
- The Regular Skilled Worker Program
- The Quebec Selection Certificate
- The Self-Employed Worker Program
Currently, the permanent selection application process is based on expressed interest in living and working in Quebec. Changes were proposed in an attempt to attract skilled workers who would meet specific market demands. However, backlash from students already in Quebec has led to the Quebec government introducing a grandfather clause that would help protect students already in Quebec.
Simply put, a grandfather clause only exempts people or entities engaged in specified activities before new rules were put in place. All other parties entering the market post-implementation are required to abide by the new rules.
Before any application, it is crucial to have an understanding of the job market, how your skills meet current needs, and if the province is right for you. The next step is to complete and submit an expression of interest to the immigration office. Finally, determine which program for permanent workers you want to apply for. As each program is specifically designed to meet the needs of immigrants it is important that you apply for the best one for your personal circumstances.