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Evaluate your chances of being selected by Québec online

You are well informed about Québec and would like to immigrate? Then you are ready to fill out a Preliminary Evaluation for Immigration (PEI). This online tool enables you to evaluate your chances of being selected by Québec. Obtain an immediate response free of charge! Note that the response received based on this evaluation is for your information only, and does not guarantee that the Québec government will select you.

What to do before completing your official immigration application

- Assess the costs of immigrating to Québec including the expenses of settling in.
- Know the average processing times for an application for a Certificat de sélection du Québec depending on your country or territory of origin.
- Understand the selection process for applicants who have submitted an application for a CSQ under the Regular Skilled Worker Program.
- Make the distinction between the selection and admission of workers – respective roles of the Québec government and the Canadian government.
- Find out about the next application intake period. At regular intervals, the Ministère sets the intake period for a maximum number of applications. To find out about the next intake periods, consult the page Rules and procedures.

Learn about the conditions of the Regular Skilled Worker Program

Before submitting your application, it is important to read the immigration rules and procedures and the information regarding the application intake periods for a Certificat de sélection du Québec.

Selection factors

Selection is made on the basis of a point grid for various factors. 

Points will be awarded for each of these selection factors. 

The assessment of your application will help to determine if you obtain a sufficient number of points to be selected by Québec. 

The Grille synthèse des facteurs et critères applicables à la sélection des travailleurs qualifiés (summary grid of factors and criteria used to select skilled workers) (PDF, 485 Kb) presents in addition to the selection factors and criteria, how they are weighted and the passing scores that apply to skilled workers, as stipulated in Schedule A of the Regulation respecting the selection of foreign nationals and the Regulation respecting the weighting applicable to the selection of foreign nationals.

Selection factors in the point grid

Does your professional profile (as well as your spouse’s, if applicable) allow you to easily adapt to the requirements and rapid development of the Québec labour market? 

Check to see if you are eligible for the Regular Skilled Worker Program. 

The following employability factors will be taken into account:

  • your schooling (your level of education and area of training). Note that since December 31, 2015, only diplomas obtained before the submission of your application are considered in the attribution of points for the Education level criterion;
  • your work experience
  • your age
  • your knowledge of French and English
  • your stays in Québec and family relationship with a Canadian citizen or a permanent Québec resident
  • having a valid employment offer (this applies only if you have received a job offer that meets certain conditions from a Québec employer.) See the section Recrutement international - Embaucher un travailleur étranger permanent
  • characteristics regarding your accompanying spouse or common-law spouse, if applicable
  • other factors that will be taken into account: the number of children under the age of 19 who will be accompanying you to Québec
  • your capacity for financial self-sufficiency (you must sign a contract confirming your commitment to provide for your needs and your family’s needs for at least the first three months following your arrival in Québec).

 Programme de l'expérience québécoise (Québec experience program)

Are you currently residing in Québec for work or studies and wish to settle here permanently? Find out about the Programme de l'expérience québécoise (Québec experience program), which allows for quick and easy access to permanent immigration.

Self-employed workers
If you are a self-employed worker, you may be eligible for the Self-employed Worker Program for businesspeople.
Temporary workers
If you wish to stay in Québec in order to fill a temporary position, consult the Temporary workers section.


Financial self-sufficiency

For the period from January 1 to December 31, 2017, single persons must have at least $3,085 at their disposal to meet their basic needs for the first three months following their arrival in Québec. In addition to this sum, they must have at their disposal an additional amount for each family member accompanying them (spouse or de facto spouse and children). For example, a household with two adults and two children under 18 years of age must have at least $5,470 at their disposal for the first three months. The following table indicates the essential needs of main family units.


Basic needs of main family units
for the three-month period after arrival in Québec
One adult
Two adults
No children
One child
(-18 years)
Two children
(-18 years)
Three children
(-18 years)


Note: Amounts (in Canadian dollars) in effect from January 1st to December 31, 2017.

Work experience

Recognized experience

The work experience by a skilled worker candidate must have been acquired:
  • in the five years preceding the date of submission of an application for a selection certificate
  • in an occupation with a skill level above “D” as defined by the National Occupational Classification (NOC)
  • legally in the country concerned.

The following experience, which respects the aforementioned conditions, is recognized:

  • experience that was acquired full time or part time in remunerated jobs
  • full-time or part-time work internships as part of an apprenticeship, training or specialization recognized by a diploma, both remunerated and non-remunerated.

Inadmissibility of skill level “D” occupations

Work experience acquired in skill level “D” occupations as defined by the National Occupational Classification (NOC) is not admissible. Skill level “D” occupations are those that usually require a brief demonstration of the work to be performed, or on-the-job training or that do not have any particular educational requirements.


This constitutes experience acquired:

  • full time or part time
  • as part of remunerated internships (for non-remunerated internships recognized by a diploma, experience must be acquired during an apprenticeship, training or specialization)
  • in the five years preceding the date of submission of the application for a selection certificate.



Education is only considered if the candidate completed a diploma program and the diploma was obtained prior to the submission of their application for a Certificat de sélection du Québec. The foreign diploma is evaluated based on its correspondence to the Québec education system.

Education level

To be eligible for selection, candidates must, at a minimum, hold a diploma corresponding to a general or vocational high school diploma in Québec.

Note that since December 31, 2015, only diplomas obtained before the submission of your application are considered in the attribution of points for the Education level criterion.

Québec diploma

This is:

  • a diploma issued by the ministère de l’Éducation, de l'Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche (MEESR), for secondary or college studies, or by a Québec university. The training can have been received in Québec or abroad; OR
  • an Attestation of Collegial Studies issued by a college recognized by the MEESR. The training must have been received in Québec full time over a period of more than one year.

And treated as a Québec diploma:

  • Canadian diploma (if it is issued by the minister responsible for education or by a university of a Canadian province or territory);
  • a foreign diploma recognized as equivalent by a Québec regulatory body, except if it is a medical diploma;
  • foreign diploma or training leading to the practice of a regulated profession or trade in Québec, if you have already received authorization to practise this occupation in Québec;
  • training certificate that falls under a Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) concluded within the framework of a mutual recognition agreement regarding professional qualifications with another government, for the practice of a profession governed by a professional order in Québec. You must possess the legal ability to practise required under this arrangement and this arrangement must have been implemented. Note that France is the only country with which such an agreement has been concluded. Make sure you meet the conditions set out under the MRA for your profession so that your training certificate can be treated as a Québec diploma (in French);
  • foreign diploma or training that falls under an MRA that allows for the practice of a regulated occupation in Québec, if the Québec regulatory body attests that you meet the required training conditions and, if applicable, the professional experience required to practise this occupation (in French).

The educational institutions recognized by the MEESR are listed on the MEESR website.

Area of training

The assessment of a candidate’s training is based on the List of areas of training. This list contains high school vocational training programs, vocational college programs and university programs that lead to a diploma recognized by Québec universities. For each of the areas of training on the list, points are awarded according, in particular, to job prospects and requirements for practising the occupations in question depending on whether the candidate holds a foreign diploma or a Québec diploma, or a foreign diploma treated as a Québec diploma.

To be assessed, the candidate must have received training similar to the training indicated on the list. It is possible that candidates, whose training is included on the list, will have to follow upgrading courses after their arrival in Québec. In addition, if their training leads to the practice of a regulated trade or profession, candidates will have to fulfill the requirements of the regulatory body in question in order to be able to practise in Québec.


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