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Quebec Launches 3 New Industry-Specific Immigration Programs

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"The Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) launched 3 new immigration programs on March 3, 2021, to encourage immigration in the coming weeks."
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Published on:  May 23, 2021
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The Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) launched 3 new immigration programs on March 3, 2021, to encourage immigration in the coming weeks. The government of Quebec opened up the 3 new immigration pilots to encourage immigration to Quebec for the following sectors:

  • Food processing
  • Healthcare (orderlies)
  • Artificial intelligence, information technology and visual effects

These pilots will be valid for 5 years. The main purpose of these pilots is to help Quebec’s labor market retain skilled workers. 

MIFI plans to issue 550 Quebec Selection Certificates (CSQ) through each pilot. This does not include family members of immigrants. Applicants will be required to meet the eligibility criteria for the pilot programs. 

What Is the Eligibility Criteria for the New Pilot Programs?

The general eligibility requirements require you to demonstrate sufficient financial resources to support yourself and your family members in Quebec for at least 3 months. You also need to be 18 years or older to be eligible. 

You require full-time work experience obtained while holding temporary resident status in Quebec. The specific eligibility requirements for each pilot are mentioned below:

What Are the Eligibility Requirements for the Pilot Program for Food Processing Workers?

 The pilot program for foreign workers in the food processing sectors will come into effect on March 24, 2021. This pilot program intends to help Quebec businesses retain skilled workers to remain competitive. 

To receive the CSQ through this pilot program, you will be required to demonstrate French language proficiency and have work experience in Quebec in an occupation related to food processing. You must also be currently employed at the time of application to qualify. 

You will be required to meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Have a high school diploma or professional studies diploma obtained from a Quebec institution
  • Have 24 months of full-time work experience in an eligible sector
  • Demonstrate French language proficiency with a level 7 on the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 

Eligible occupations include the following National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes: 

  • Industrial butcher, meat cutter, poultry preparer and related workers: NOC 9462
  • Laborer in food and beverage processing: NOC 9617
  • Laborer in fish and seafood processing: NOC 9618
  • Specialized cleaner: NOC 6732
  • Machine and industrial process operator in food and beverage processing: NOC 9461
  • Agricultural worker: NOC 8431
  • The job title “chicken picker” and Worker in fish and seafood processing plants (NOC 9463)

What Are the Eligibility Requirements for the Pilot Program for Orderlies?

Temporary foreign workers require at least 1 year of work experience in Quebec to be eligible for this pilot program. Applicants must demonstrate French language proficiency and be currently employed as an orderly in Quebec at the time of application.

This pilot program intends to fill the labor market shortages brought in by the pandemic. This program will come into effect on March 31, 2021. This pilot offers 2 different immigration streams: Work and Studies-work.

Work Stream Eligibility Requirements: To qualify for this stream, you must:

  • Have a diploma related to working as an orderly obtained in a 1-year full-time study program that is equivalent to a Quebec diploma of vocational studies
  • Have at least 2 years of full-time work experience as an orderly in the last 3 years before applying (at least 1 year of this work experience must be obtained in Quebec)
  • Eligible occupation titles for this stream are: Nurse aide, orderly and patient service associate - NOC 3412 

Having work experience in the health sector outside of Quebec will be considered for this program if it is related to basic personal care.

Work-Study Stream Eligibility Requirements: You must meet the following requirements to be eligible for this stream:

  • Be graduated with a Quebec diploma of vocational studies related to the occupation of an orderly in the last 2 years before applying
  • Have at least 1 year of work experience as an orderly in Quebec obtained in the last 2 years before applying and after completion of your studies
  • Complete the Institutional and Home Care Assistance study program
  • Graduate with a secondary diploma of vocational studies

What Are the Eligibility Requirements for the Pilot Program for Workers in Artificial Intelligence, Information Technology and Visual Effects?

This pilot program intends to help Quebec retain highly skilled tech workers and international students with a specialized graduate degree from a designated Quebec university. This pilot program will be launched on April 22, 2021. 

There are 2 streams available under this pilot program: Artificial intelligence, and Information technology and visual effects.

There are 2 types of the profile under each stream: Francophone and Francization. Applicants under the Francophone profile must demonstrate French language proficiency with a level 7 on the Quebec scale for immigrant adults. 

If you are under the Francization profile, then you will get automatically registered with the Integration service for immigrants under Accompagnement Québec. 

Quebec will allow 275 Quebec graduates and temporary workers and 275 foreign workers in the information technology and visual effects sector to transition to permanent residency under this pilot program. These do not include family members of immigrants. 

Eligibility Requirements for Artificial Intelligence Stream: You must meet the following requirements to qualify for this stream:

  • Submit an application for the Artificial Intelligence stream as a foreign worker or international graduate
  • Foreign workers require a diploma equivalent to a Quebec bachelor’s degree
  • Foreign workers must have either 2 years of skilled work experience in the last 5 years of applying or a master’s or doctoral degree in the last 1 year before applying
  • Have a valid job offer for a full-time occupation in the artificial intelligence sector 

As a Quebec graduate, you must have a valid job offer and be graduate from a Quebec university with a higher specialized study (DESS), master’s, or Ph.D. in the last 2 years before applying. DESS graduates must also have 6 months of work experience in the last 1 year of applying. 

Your occupation must be in one of the following titles:

  • Information systems analyst and consultant - NOC 2171
  • Graphic designer and illustrator - NOC 5241, if your job is in the visual effects sector;
  • Computer and information systems manager - NOC 0213
  • Software engineer and designer - NOC 2173
  • Electrical and electronics engineer - NOC 2133
  • Producer, director, choreographer and related occupations- NOC 2133) if your job is in the visual effects sector;
  • Computer programmer and interactive- NOC 5225, if your job is in the visual effects sector;
  • Computer network technician - NOC 2281
  • Electrical and electronics engineering technologist and technician - NOC 2241
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