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Quebec Experience Program – Temporary Foreign Worker (PEQW)

Quebec Experience Program - Temporary Foreign Worker

  • Q.C: Quebec
  • C.E: Canadian Experience
  • F.R: Francophone

NOC version used under Quebec economic programs is NOC 2016 (➨Page). NOC 2021 (➨Page) will be implemented between now and 2024.

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Quebec Experience Program (PEQ) – Temporary Foreign Worker

The Temporary Foreign Worker subcategory of Quebec Experience program gives eligible foreign workers in Quebec the opportunity to apply to permanently live and work in Quebec.
The eligible applicants must have acquired work experience in Quebec, currently hold a job in Quebec and have advanced intermediate knowledge of oral French.

The Temporary Foreign Worker program is one of the two subcategories of the Quebec Experience program (PEQ) which also includes the Quebec Graduate program (➨Page).

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The following requirements must be met if you are applying to Quebec Experience program – Temporary Foreign Worker subcategory.

1- Work Experience in Quebec

You must have 24 months of full-time work experience, in an occupation that falls under NOC 0, A or B (➨Appendix 1) during the 36 months preceding the submission of your application and you must be currently employed at the time of submission of the application.

You must be legally in Quebec as a temporary foreign worker or as part of a youth exchange program (for example, through a Working Holiday, Young Professionals or International Co-op Internship permit).
No part-time work period can be considered for eligibility for the PEQ.

2- Language Ability

You must demonstrate minimum proficiency in spoken French, which corresponds to level 7 (B2) on the Echelle quebecoise des niveaux de competences en français.

3- Spouse Language Ability

4- Age

If your spouse or common-law partner is included in your application, he or she must have knowledge of spoken French of level 4 on the Echelle quebecoise des niveaux de competence en français.

You must be at least 18 years old as of the date your complete application is submitted.

5- Financial Self-sufficiency

You must show that you have enough money for you and your family to settle in Quebec following your arrival (➨Appendix 2).

You must sign a contract in which you undertake to provide for your needs and your family’s needs for at least the first three (3) months following your arrival in Quebec.

6- Ineligibility

You are not eligible to apply under the Quebec Experience Program if you intend to work in one of the following ineligible employment sectors:

  • Payday loans, cheque cashing or pawnbroking; 
  • Production, distribution or sale of pornographic or sexually explicit products, or services related to the sex industry, such as nude or erotic dancing, escort services or erotic massages.

You are not eligible to apply under the Québec Experience Program if you are a refugee claimant in Canada, a failed refugee claimant, had a removal order, are prohibited from entering or being in Canada, do not have status in Canada or are living illegally in your country of residence.

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Step 1: Work in Quebec

In order to be qualified under the Temporary Foreign Worker subcategory of the Quebec Experience Program and submit your application, you must have completed equivalent of 24 months authorized work experience in Quebec in an eligible occupation.

As a foreign worker in Quebec, you first need to find an employer and secure the job for yourself. The criteria for your job in C Quebec are explained in “Minimum Requirements”.

Step 2: Submit Application for a Quebec Selection Certificate

If you meet all minimum requirements including education and work experience in Quebec, you may submit your application in Quebec’s Arrima portal (➨

You must submit an application for permanent selection, transmit the supporting documents for your application and make the payment of the required fees in Arrima. Once your application has been submitted, you will receive a confirmation of receipt in Arrima.

Subsequently, after the processing of your application has begun, you will be sent an e-mail inviting you to provide your attestation of learning about democratic values and the Québec values. The members of your family accompanying you must also obtain an attestation, specifically your spouse aged 16 years or older and your dependent children aged 18 years or older.  Persons with a disability that prevents them from obtaining the attestation are exempt from this condition.

Persons with a disability that prevents them from obtaining the attestation are exempt from this condition.

To obtain the attestation, you must successfully complete the online assessment or participate in an information session in Quebec. Once you obtain the attestation, it is valid for two (2) years.

For more information on the online assessment, see (➨

If your application is approved, you will be informed of the next steps to follow in your immigration process. If possible, the officer will immediately issue your Certificat de selection du Quebec (CSQ – Quebec Selection Certificate). Otherwise it will be mailed to you. The CSQ is a document stating that an applicant has officially been selected for immigration by the province of Quebec.
Quebec Application
Apply Online (Arrima):
Official Program Guide:
Quebec Application Fee:
Main applicant: $895
Spouse: $192
Each child: $192
Processing Time:
Document Checklist:

(page 16)


Tel: 514-864-9191

Fax: 514-864-8158

(general questions)

Step 3: Apply for Permanent Residence

After obtaining your CSQ, your next step is to submit a complete application for a permanent resident visa (➨Page) within the validity of your CSQ which is two (2) years.

You must submit your application using the IRCC Permanent Residence Portal (PR Portal) (➨

If your application is complete, you will receive a letter or an email confirming that your file has been received and accepted for processing. This letter is called the Acknowledge of Receipt (AOR) and will include your IRCC file number.
Once you have received your acknowledgement of receipt, you can create an online account and link your application to it. By creating an account, you will be able to receive email updates and a more detailed case status.

Step 4: Landing in Quebec

If your application for permanent residence is approved, you will be asked to pay your right of permanent residence fee if you haven't already done so. You will receive a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (CoPR) and if you are from a country that requires a visa you will also be issued a permanent resident visa.

You will only become a Permanent Resident of Canada when you cross a Canadian port of entry. This is referred to as ‘landing in Canada' (➨Page).

You must land in Canada before the expiry date, which appears on your Canada Immigration Visa. Usually, the expiry date is one (1) year from the time medical examinations were completed. As this is not always the case, be sure to verify the expiry date as soon as the Canada Immigration Visa is received.
If you arrive at the Montreal-Trudeau international Airport, you will be greeted by the personnel of the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Integration who will offer direct support services to you.

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