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2020-10-20: New Programme d'appui aux collectivités (PAC – Community Support Program): Launch of a call for proposals View

New Programme d'appui aux collectivités (PAC – Community Support Program): Launch of a call for proposals

As part of the new Programme d'appui aux collectivités (PAC - Community Support Program) announced today, the Ministère de l'Immigration, de la Francisation et de l'Intégration (MIFI) is issuing a call for proposals to regional county municipalities (MRCs) and local municipalities.

They are invited to submit a project that will increase their ability to attract immigrants and ethno-cultural minorities and to offer them a sustainable settlement, citizen integration and full participation in community life.

These projects will help build even more welcoming and inclusive communities.

MRCs and local municipalities will have until November 17, 2020 to file their application.

For more information, visit the PAC page.

2020-10-05: Government of Canada updates travel restrictions for international students View

Government of Canada updates travel restrictions for international students

The Government of Canada announced the entry into Canada of international students, starting October 20, 2020, if they will be attending a designated learning institution that has been identified by their provincial or territorial government as having a COVID‑19 readiness plan in place.

For more information, see the press release issued by the Government of Canada on October 2, 2020.

2020-08-14: Special program for asylum seekers during the COVID-19 period View

Special program for asylum seekers during the COVID-19 period

The Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) confirms the upcoming adoption of a new immigration program in Québec that will allow asylum seekers who provided direct care to patients and seniors since the start of the health crisis to settle in Québec permanently.

The purpose of the program announced today is to thank asylum seekers who provided direct care during the pandemic to patients and seniors, by making it easier for them to obtain their permanent residency.  Those awaiting a decision about their refugee status and who have been denied will be able to take advantage of this program, if they meet the selection conditions.

In order to be selected under the program, applicants must have acquired at least six months’ work experience in Québec in one of the eligible occupations, including at least 120 hours between March 13, 2020 and August 14, 2020, in a public or private health facility or for a social economy or private homecare enterprise.

Family members who are here in Canada with the asylum seeker can also be included in the application.

The date on which the program comes into effect will be announced at a later date.

Questions and answers

Important: The government must render its decision before the program can come into effect. All information about this future program, particularly selection conditions, are subject to change and will therefore be announced on a preliminary and informative basis, pending decisions required to enact the regulation that will bring the program into effect.  

 

What will the program’s selection conditions be?

To be eligible for the program, applicants domiciled in Québec must first be eligible for the federal public interest policy, meaning that they applied for asylum before March 13 and obtained a work permit after their application for asylum.

Then, to be selected by Québec, they must meet the following conditions:

  • have worked in Québec for at least 120 hours between March 13, 2020 and August 14, 2020, in one of the eligible occupations, in a public or private health facility or for a social economy or private homecare enterprise;
  • have acquired in Québec at least six months’ full-time work experience or 750 hours (acquired full time or part time) in one of the eligible occupations, in a public or private health institution or for a social economy or private homecare enterprise, before or during the duration of the special immigration program.
     

Applicants must have met all of the above-mentioned selection conditions no later than August 31, 2021.

Specific measures should also be set out for certain exceptional cases, particularly for asylum seeker who contracted COVID-19 while working in healthcare. These measures would apply to the families in Québec of asylum seekers who worked in healthcare and died due to COVID-19.

What occupations could be eligible under this program?

Occupations directly related to the delivery of healthcare:

  • nursing coordinators and supervisors (NOC 3011);
  • registered nurses (NOC 3012);
  • licensed practical nurses (NOC 3233);
  • nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates (NOC 3413);
  • home support workers (NOC 4412: for occupations that involve providing direct care only). 

 

Can the family of the applicant be included on the application for this program?

The program is intended for principal applicants and their families who are in Canada. However, once permanent residency has been obtained, applicants can send for their family abroad under the family reunification program.

Will there be a maximum number of permanent selection applications for this program?

No ceiling will be established since the objective of this program for permanent application is to show gratitude to asylum seekers for their important contribution working in the health sector during the pandemic.

Will there be administrative fees associated with this program for people who wish to submit an application?

There will not be any fees for submitting an application in Québec. However, fees will be charged by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

2020-07-24: Changes to the review processes for temporary screening and labour market impact assessment applications View

Changes to the review processes for temporary screening and labour market impact assessment applications

Effective July 24, 2020, the Ministère de l'Immigration, de la Francisation et de l'Intégration (MIFI) will make changes to the processes for the review of temporary selection and Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) applications under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP).

The purpose of these changes is to improve the efficiency of the review process for LMIA applications made jointly with Employment and Social Development Canada (EDSC)/Service Canada, consistent with MIFI practises, the Quebec Immigration Regulations (RIQ) and the Act Respecting Administrative Justice.

A first change allows an employer with a valid LMIA to request the replacement of a foreign worker with another foreign worker, without having to reapply for a new LMIA, when the candidate originally intended for the job cannot obtain a Certificat d'acceptation du Québec (CAQ) or a work permit.

An employer may also request from the MIFI, for other reasons, the replacement of a candidate by another candidate on a valid LMIA, provided that no work permit has been issued by the federal government on the basis of that LMIA. However, the new candidate will have to apply for temporary selection and obtain a CAQ in order to apply for a work permit at a later date.

When a work permit has already been issued for an LMIA, the replacement of the foreign worker, related to that LMIA, cannot be carried out.

In another change, as part of the review of an application for temporary selection, the MIFI will send a written notice of intent to refuse to the candidate who does not meet the conditions set out in the RIQ. The applicant may, within 60 days following the issuance of the notice of intent to refuse, send the MIFI any new information or document that could help in the decision-making process. If, at the end of the period indicated, the candidate still has not demonstrated that he or she meets the conditions for acceptance, MIFI will issue a refusal decision, in writing.

For more details, refer to section Hire a temporary worker (in French only) on our Web site.

2020-07-24: Information on the government's overall francization offer is available on Quebec.ca View

Information on the government's overall francization offer is available on Quebec.ca

In order to improve public access to information on the government's offer in francization, all content on the subject is now available under the section Learning French on Québec.ca, the official website of the Government of Québec.

This new section gathers all useful information for people wishing to learn French or improve their skills in French. It has been completely redesigned to take into account the various clienteles and their learning needs:

  • People abroad wishing to immigrate to Québec;
  • Immigrants;
  • Non-French-speaking people born in Canada;
  • Companies wishing to offer francization to their employees.

Enhanced user experience

This consolidation of information will be beneficial for clients and government partners in francization, as centralized information will make services more visible and more accessible. The content has also been reviewed and simplified so that the information is easier to understand. Geolocation maps have been added to facilitate the search for organizations and educational institutions that provide francization services.

Clients will also be able to send us feedback on Québec.ca using the areas provided for this purpose.

This project fulfills one of the government's commitments to better welcome and inform immigrants in their efforts to learn French and integrate into Québec. It was conducted by the Ministère de l'Immigration, de la Francisation et de l'Intégration (MIFI) in collaboration with the Ministère de l'Éducation (MEQ), the Ministère du Travail, de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale (MTESS) and the Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF).

2020-07-22: Effective date of changes to the Programme de l’expérience québécoise (PEQ – Québec experience program) View

Effective date of changes to the Programme de l’expérience québécoise (PEQ – Québec experience program)

Effective July 22, 2020, new selection conditions will apply to applicants applying for the Programme de l’expérience québécoise (PEQ – Québec experience program).

For foreign students who wish to submit an application, the changes pertain to:

  • work experience or a required apprenticeship

For temporary foreign workers, the changes pertain to:

  • work experience required
  • eligible occupational levels

One of these new selection conditions pertains to language requirements for the spouse or de facto spouse who is included in the principal applicant's application. A change has also been made to the list of eligible documents for the knowledge of French demonstration.

Transitional measures are planned for some individuals affected by these changes. Please note that the timeframe for processing applications for permanent selection under the PEQ has been extended to six months.

Consult the PEQ web pages for more details.

2020-07-09: Changes to the Programme de l’expérience québécoise (PEQ – Québec experience program) View

Changes to the Programme de l’expérience québécoise (PEQ – Québec experience program)

As of July 22, 2020, new conditions for selection will apply to applications submitted under the Québec experience program (PEQ). Recognizing the PEQ as an important vector in the selection of skilled workers, the MIFI began to reform the program several months ago. The changes will ensure the optimal alignment of Québec’s labour needs with the potential of immigrants wishing to settle here.

The changes to the PEQ will encourage the lasting settlement of people who are in Québec as temporary residents, and recognize the economic, social and cultural contribution of foreign workers and students to our society.

Some of these new conditions for selection pertain to the spouse or de facto spouse included in the principal applicant’s application. Transitional measures are also planned. For more information on the PEQ reform, please consult the press release (in French only).

Québec graduates

I have just started/I am registered in bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral or technical college studies in an educational institution in Québec.

  • It is important to know that with the proposed reform, all of the diplomas that were admissible under the PEQ are still admissible. You must fulfil the PEQ criteria, for instance, you graduated from an educational institution and have sufficient proficiency in French, that is, level 7, advanced intermediate. We are adding work experience to these criteria.
  • Twelve (12) months of full-time work experience will now be required for graduates of a bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral or technical college program who wish to submit an application for permanent selection under the PEQ.
  • To obtain the required work experience, you must apply for a post-graduation work permit from the federal government after having received your diploma. For technical college, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral studies, this permit is valid for 36 months (3 years). This is the period during which you can accumulate your work experience.
  • Your work experience does not have to be related to your area of training. However, your work experience and the job you held at the time you submitted your application must be at level 0, A or B, according to the National Occupational Classification (NOC). Note that technical college, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral diplomas lead to employment at these levels.
  • Work experience acquired during paid or unpaid internships, for which a work permit was issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, done full time or part time in Québec and required by the study program can be taken into consideration, up to a maximum duration of 3 months.

I have just started/I am registered in a vocational training program (DEP of 1800 hours or more) in an educational institution in Québec.

  • It is important to know that with the proposed reform, all of the diplomas that were admissible under the PEQ are still admissible. You must fulfil the PEQ criteria, for instance, you graduated from your educational institution and have sufficient proficiency in French, that is, level 7, advanced intermediate. We are adding work experience to these criteria.
  • Eighteen (18) months of full-time work experience will now be required for graduates of a vocational study program who wish to submit an application for permanent selection under the PEQ. You must have obtained this experience within the 36 months preceding the application.
  • To obtain the required work experience, you must apply for a post-graduation work permit from the federal government after having received your diploma. This permit is valid for 36 months (3 years) for diplomas of vocational studies of 1800 hours or more, that is, those admissible under the PEQ. This is the period during which you can accumulate your work experience.
  • Your work experience and the job you held at the time you submitted your application must be at level 0, A, B or C according to the National Occupational Classification (NOC). This experience and job do not have to be related to your area of training, except for work experience or employment at level C, which must be related to the vocational training you completed.
  • Work experience acquired during paid or unpaid internships, for which a work permit was issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, done full time or part time in Québec and required by the study program can be taken into consideration, up to a maximum duration of 3 months.
  • Note that a diploma of vocational studies of 1800 hours or more generally leads to jobs at level B under the NOC. In some cases, a diploma of vocational studies (with or without an attestation of vocational specialization – ASP) of 1800 hours or more can lead to several jobs at levels B and C.

 

You are studying in a vocational training program of less than 1800 hours.

  • You are not eligible to submit an application under the PEQ–Graduate, under the current PEQ or the proposed PEQ. This criteria has not changed and is the same as it was previously.
  • However, you can be hired by a Québec employer under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program or the International Mobility Program. Businesses are very familiar with this process. This will allow you to obtain the required 24 months of work experience and to submit your application under the PEQ–Worker.

 

You have completed your studies, but are waiting for your official diploma in order to submit your application.

  • Note that the Ministère accepts attestations of successful completion of studies as well as final transcripts issued by the educational institution’s registrar. Therefore, you do not have to wait to receive your official diploma to submit your application.
  • If you submit your application before the new PEQ – Graduate comes into effect, the current rules will apply.
  • If you obtained or will be obtaining your diploma before December 31, 2020, you can submit an application for permanent selection that will be processed on the basis of the selection criteria in effect before July 22, 2020.

 

You are about to complete your study program.

  • If you obtained or will be obtaining your diploma before December 31, 2020, you can submit an application for permanent selection that will be processed on the basis of the selection criteria in effect before July 22, 2020.
  • If you complete your study program after the effective date, you can submit an application under the PEQ–Graduate once you have accumulated the admissible work experience required, that is, 12 or 18 months depending on the diploma obtained.

 

You are wondering if your program will still be admissible under the new PEQ.

  • The study programs admissible under the PEQ — Graduate are the same ones that were admissible prior to the regulatory amendments, that is:
    • University diplomas at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels;
    • Diploma of college studies, technical training (DEC);
    • Diploma of vocational studies (DEP), with or without an attestation of vocational specialization (ASP) obtained consecutively and leading to a particular trade, of 1800 hours or more.

 

You are wondering about the duration of the post-graduation permit after your studies.

  • Note that graduates wishing to extend their stay in Québec have access to a post-graduation work permit that is valid for a period equivalent to that of their studies or for three years if the study program was two years or more. The post-graduation permit is therefore granted for a period of three years for diplomas admissible under the PEQ.
  • The proposed reform does not change anything to this effect. The procedure is the same as before.
  • This is a sufficient period for you to obtain the necessary work experience required to submit an application under the PEQ – Graduate.

 

You have submitted your application under the PEQ – Graduate and you are waiting for it to be processed.

  • If your application was submitted before the regulation entered into effect, it will be reviewed based on the conditions that applied at the time your application was submitted. Even if the draft regulation enters into effect while your application is being processed, the new conditions will not apply to your application.
  • Moreover, note that despite the context of the pandemic, the Ministère is continuing to process applications for Québec selection certificates under the PEQ – Graduate as fast as possible.

You are wondering if your work experience is admissible under the PEQ.

  • When you submit your application, you must have acquired and held a full-time job at level 0, A or B under the National al Classification. If you have a diploma of vocational studies (DEP), level C is also admissible if the job held is related to the diploma obtained.
  • To find out the competency level of the occupation practised in Québec:
    • consult the NOC website by searching the title of the job practised
    • consult the National Occupational Classification matrix accessible on the NOC website under Hierarchy and structure
  • Under the National Occupational Classification (NOC), occupations at level 0 correspond to management positions; jobs at level A are professional positions that generally require a university diploma; jobs at level B are technical or specialized jobs that generally require a college diploma or a diploma of vocational studies. Note that most diplomas of vocational studies (DEPs) of 1800 hours or more lead to jobs at level B. In some cases, a DEP (with or without an attestation of vocational specialization – ASP) of 1800 hours or more can lead to several jobs at levels B and C.

 

Temporary workers

You have been working in Québec for one year under a work permit.

  • If you hold a valid work permit before the regulatory amendments come into effect, the transitional measure applies to you and you can submit an application under the prior conditions of the PEQ – Worker. Therefore, you can submit your application if you fulfil all of the prior conditions, namely: you acquired 12 months of work experience during the 24 months preceding your application; you held a job at the time you submitted your application, whether the job held was at level 0, A, B, C or D; and you have level-7 French proficiency, advanced intermediate.

You are currently in Québec under a working holiday permit (WHP).

  • If you hold a valid work permit before the regulatory amendments come into effect, the transitional measure applies to you and you can submit an application under the prior conditions of the PEQ – Worker. Therefore, you can submit your application if you fulfil all of the prior conditions, namely: you acquired 12 months of work experience during the 24 months preceding your application and you held a job at the time you submitted your application.
  • If you have not acquired the 12 months of work experience before the end of your permit, you can still be hired by a Québec employer under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program or the International Mobility Program. Businesses are very familiar with this process. This will allow you to obtain the required 12 months of work experience.

 

You are currently waiting for an extension of your permit and are under implied status.

  • You must make sure to follow the procedures with the federal government in order to renew your work permit as soon as possible, before it expires. It is recommended that you begin this procedure three months before your permit expires. It is your responsibility to make sure that your permit is valid at all times.
  • The proposed transitional measure ensures that if you hold a valid work permit before the regulatory amendments come into effect, you will be admissible under the prior conditions of the PEQ – Worker. In fact, implied status authorizes you to work under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations. You can therefore take advantage of the transitional measure and submit your application if you fulfil all of the prior conditions.

You are still abroad, but are planning to come to Québec to work. You are waiting for your work permit.

  • You can submit your application under the PEQ – Worker once you have accumulated 24 months of work experience over the 36 months preceding your application. The job held must be at level 0, A or B under the NOC in Québec. You must also be employed at the time you submit your application and have level-7 French proficiency.

You will be arriving in Québec soon, but have a work permit for a period of less than 24 months.

  • You can, before your work permit expires, submit an application to renew your permit, if it is renewable, or apply for a new work permit under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. We recommend that you begin the renewal process three months before your permit expires.
  • If you accumulate 24 months of admissible work experience during the 36 months preceding your application, you can submit an application under the PEQ – Worker.
  • You can also express your interest in immigrating to Québec on Arrima. If you obtain a job offer validated by your employer, you will have a greater chance of obtaining an invitation to submit an application for permanent selection under the Regular Skilled Worker Program.

You are wondering if your professional experience is admissible under the PEQ.

  • You must hold an admissible full-time job at level 0, A or B under the National Occupational Classification.
  • To find out the competency level of the occupation practised in Québec:
    • consult the NOC website by searching the title of the job practised
    • consult the National Occupational Classification matrix accessible on the NOC website under Hierarchy and structure
  • Under the National Occupational Classification (NOC), occupations at level 0 correspond to management positions; jobs at level A are professional positions that generally require a university diploma; jobs at level B are technical or specialized jobs that generally require a college diploma or a diploma of vocational studies.

 

You submitted your application under the PEQ – Worker and are waiting for it to be processed.

  • If your application was submitted before the regulation entered into effect, it will be reviewed based on the conditions that applied at the time your application was submitted. Even if the draft regulation enters into effect while your application is being processed, the new conditions will not apply to your application.
  • Moreover, note that despite the context of the pandemic, the Ministère is continuing to process applications for Québec selection certificates under the PEQ – Worker as fast as possible.

 

2020-05-28: Publication of the draft reform of the Programme de l’expérience québécoise (PEQ – Québec experience program) in the Gazette officielle du Québec View

Publication of the draft reform of the Programme de l’expérience québécoise (PEQ – Québec experience program) in the Gazette officielle du Québec

The draft Regulation to amend the Québec Immigration Regulation for the Programme de l’expérience québécoise (PEQ – Québec experience program) was published on May 28, 2020 in the Gazette officielle du Québec.

The 30-day time period after which the government could adopt it ended on June 27, 2020. The Ministère is currently analysing the recommendations and comments received. Following that analysis, the draft Regulation to amend the Québec Immigration Regulation must be tabled by the Cabinet. If it is adopted, it will be published in the Gazette officielle du Québec. The Regulation will come into force on the date of that publication or any other subsequent date laid down therein.
 
Until the new Regulation is in force, the current PEQ selection criteria continue to apply. All applications received before the new Regulation comes into force will be processed according to the current criteria.

2020-05-27: Submitting electronic documents — Application for temporary selection for studies View

Submitting electronic documents — Application for temporary selection for studies

Foreign students can now submit the required supporting documents electronically once they have submitted an application for temporary selection for studies. This online service is available 24/7 on the Arrima platform.

Consult the page Submitting documents — Application for temporary selection for studies to find out more.

However, students who wish to continue submitting their documents in print format can do so.

2020-03-20: General Notice - Coronavirus (COVID-19) View

General Notice - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 important information

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The public health state of emergency declared for the entire Québec territory on March 13, 2020, gives the Québec government the necessary powers to implement all of the measures required to protect the health of the population and curb the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Added to these measures are the Canadian government’s decisions regarding, in particular, closing the borders. Please visit this page regularly for updates on the situation.

The Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) is closely monitoring this evolving situation and will continuously update this page based on the information available.

If you think you may be infected with COVID-19 or would like to obtain more information, call 1-877-644-4545. If you have questions about your state of health, contact Infosanté at 811.

Many community organizations in Québec offer free, anonymous and confidential telephone listening services to help break the isolation by allowing callers to confide in someone and talk about their particular psychological situation.

Information regarding the various services offered by the MIFI

French courses


With the COVID-19 crisis, what is happening with full-time and part-time French courses offered in educational institutions and community organizations?
French courses in the classroom have been suspended until further notice.

During this suspension, teachers will continue to teach remotely. Student participation and regular attendance are required.

Participation allowances will be maintained for students who were present in a group when the courses were suspended. However, allowances for childcare have been suspended until childcare services resume. The transportation allowance has been suspended until further notice.

Will teachers continue teaching students who were attending classes when they were suspended?
All teachers have been asked to continue teaching their students remotely. These are students who were already enrolled and were attending classes before they were suspended.

If you are unable to participate in classes remotely or wish to cancel your course, please contact the Centre de contacts clientèle (information service) at 514-864-9191, for the Montréal area, or 1-877-864-9191 (toll free) everywhere else in Québec. Your file will be closed and we will invite you to enrol again once courses are being given in the classroom. Your request for re-enrolment will be given priority.

I submitted my application for a full-time course before the health state of emergency and I am on a waiting list. When will I be able to start my course?
The normal procedure will resume once the special measures have been lifted. Students will be registered based on the admission date and will not lose their place on the waiting list.

Can I register for online francization classes while my classroom course is suspended?
Teachers are continuing to offer courses that were suspended in the classroom. Students whose classroom courses were suspended and have attained Level 4 on the Échelle québécoise des niveaux de compétence des personnes immigrantes adultes are also eligible for online francization (in French only) at the intermediate level.

Is it still possible to register for a full-time French course?
Students are invited to submit an application at any time. However, registration of new students has been suspended until further notice.

Registration reception


The reception at the Direction du registraire de la francisation located on the 2nd floor, at 1200 Boulevard Saint-Laurent in Montréal, is closed until further notice.

  • If you had an appointment, we will contact you.
  • If you have documents to send us, you can mail them, or drop them in our document deposit box, located on the ground floor, at 1200 Boulevard Saint-Laurent in Montréal.

Premières démarches d’installation (PDI) and Objectif intégration (OI) information sessions


The Premières démarches d’installation (PDI) and Objectif intégration (OI) information sessions are suspended until further notice.

Personalized Integration Plan


The services related to the Personalized Integration Plan are maintained. You can complete the steps remotely with an assistance agent over the phone or by video call.

Services offered by the MIFI's partner organizations


The vast majority of services provided by the MIFI’s partner organizations are maintained. You can obtain assistance over the phone, by email or by video call, depending on the organization’s preferred method of communication.

Services for businesses


The services offered to businesses by the MIFI are maintained, and businesses can continue to formulate their application for support services using the online form (in French only).

Recruitment missions


The Québec government is taking all the necessary measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) as much as possible. As a protective measure, all Journées Québec recruitment missions that had been announced have been suspended.

Permanent immigration


Is the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) still processing applications for permanent selection?
The Ministère is continuing to process applications for permanent selection, regardless of the program under which they were submitted. Currently, the government as well as all ministries are mobilized to slow the spread of the virus and limit the impact of the unprecedented crisis we are facing. The government measures implemented over the last few days to respond to the current situation could affect application processing times.

Can CSQ holders who are in Québec and have lost their job renew or obtain a work permit?
To find out about the measures put in place by the federal government regarding access to the territory and the issuing and validity of work permits, consult the Government of Canada’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) page.

Temporary foreign workers


Work permits

What happens to temporary foreign workers whose work permit is about to expire or has already expired, and who have lost their job due to COVID-19 and cannot leave the territory?
Several assistance programs have been put in place by the federal government as well as by Québec’s Ministère du Travail, de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale (MTESS).

For more information, visit the Temporary Aid for Workers Program (MTESS) of Québec.

To find out about the measures put in place by the federal government regarding access to the territory and the issuing and validity of work permits, consult the Government of Canada’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) page.

What happens to temporary foreign workers who have submitted an application to prolong their work permit before the expiry of the initial work permit, and who have lost their job due to COVID-19?
Several assistance programs have been put in place by the federal government as well as by Québec’s Ministère du Travail, de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale (MTESS).

For more information, visit the Temporary Aid for Workers Program (MTESS).

To find out about the measures put in place by the federal government regarding access to the territory and the issuing and validity of work permits, consult the Government of Canada’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) page.

What happens to temporary foreign workers who had an open work permit and who have lost their job due to COVID-19?
The open work permit allows temporary foreign workers to find a new job with any other employer.

That said, these workers could be eligible for certain assistance measures put in place by the Québec government and the federal government.

For more information, visit the Temporary Aid for Workers Program (MTESS).

To find out about the measures put in place by the federal government regarding access to the territory and the issuing and validity of work permits, consult the Government of Canada’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) page.

Programme de l’expérience québécoise (PEQ – Québec experience program)

Can foreign temporary workers who have accumulated one year of full-time work experience in Québec, and who have lost their job due to COVID-19, submit a PEQ application?
The 12 months of full-time work experience required to be eligible for the Québec experience program do not have to be acquired consecutively. Temporary workers have 24 months to accumulate the 12 months of experience required. Being employed when submitting the application is also a condition for selection as stipulated in the Québec Immigration Regulation. Once they have resumed employment, temporary foreign workers who have the required full-time work experience in Québec can submit their application under the PEQ.

Can temporary foreign workers who had not yet accumulated 12 months of work experience when they lost their job take into account this first work experience when applying for the Québec experience program?
Yes. The 12 months of full-time work experience required to be eligible for the Québec experience program do not have to be acquired consecutively.

Temporary foreign workers who have lost their job due to COVID-19, and would have wanted to submit an application for the PEQ can therefore submit their application once they have resumed employment and have accumulated 12 months of full-time work in Québec during the 24 months preceding the date of submission of their application.

Medical coverage

I am a temporary foreign worker living in Québec to occupy a job and I am currently eligible for Québec’s health insurance. What will happen to my health insurance coverage if I am laid off due to the pandemic?
Given the current exceptional circumstances, the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ) will maintain the health insurance coverage of temporary foreign workers as well as that of their dependents, if applicable, including coverage for those who have started the process to extend their stay in Québec.

If the permit authorizing you to work in Canada expires soon, you must contact Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada to find out how to extend your work permit.

I am a temporary foreign worker and I have still not received my health insurance card. Can I have a screening test for COVID-19?
Foreign workers who need to go to a COVID-19 screening clinic must first call 1-877-644-4545. If their condition warrants it, they will be referred to a screening clinic where they will be tested, whether or not they have a health insurance card.

Financial assistance

Does the type of work permit (open permit, closed permit, working holiday, accompanying spouse) impact the temporary worker’s eligibility for the financial assistance programs announced by the government?
The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) is a federal government program. For more information, go to Canada Emergency Response Benefit.

Québec businesses

I operate a business in Québec. What are my obligations to a temporary foreign worker (TFW) who will be arriving in the next few days and will have to be in quarantine?
Employers must respect the obligations stipulated in the employment contract, while respecting the exceptional laws and measures implemented by the Québec government.

The Québec government has prepared a  protocol for newcomers (in French only), and a FAQ section for the arrival in Québec of temporary foreign workers in the biofood sector (in French only). The federal government has also provided information about this on the Temporary Foreign Workers – COVID-19 page.

Have changes or adjustments been made to the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)?
The federal government has made temporary changes to the Labour Market Impact Assessment for employers in the agriculture and food processing sectors as well as for low-wage positions.

Foreign students

Extending the duration of the Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) for studies

The Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) is extending, until December 31, 2020, the minister’s consent for the duration of the stay in Québec of foreign students whose Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) for studies expires as of April 30, 2020 and before December 31, 2020. This regulation applies to students whose CAQ had not already expired on April 30, 2020.

This decision is intended to facilitate the steps that must be taken by foreign students who were in the process of completing their study program but who must extend their stay in Québec due to the current health state of emergency and the temporary interruption of their courses.

These students can therefore submit an application to the federal government as soon as possible to have their study permit extended without having to include a new CAQ, which will allow them to maintain valid temporary residence status and to complete their study program when their courses resume.

Will students have to pay fees for extending their CAQ?
No, foreign students will not have to pay any fees for extending their CAQ, since the required fees were already paid when they submitted their application for the CAQ that they obtained.

What about students who would like to continue their studies after December 31, 2020?
Foreign students who would like to extend their stay in Québec for studies beyond December 31, 2020, in order to complete a study program or to begin a new program in the fall 2020 semester, must submit a new application for a CAQ for studies to the MIFI and a new application for a study permit to the federal government. In all cases, students should start the required immigration procedures at least three months before their current authorization for studies expires.

Programme de l’expérience québécoise (PEQ – Québec experience program)

What happens to foreign students whose semester has been interrupted and who were waiting for their diploma in order to submit an application for the PEQ?
Foreign students who have earned their degree can submit an application for permanent selection under the PEQ if they have been awarded, by an educational institution in Québec, within three years of the date of submission of their application, one of the following:

  • a university diploma attesting to a bachelor’s, a master’s or a doctoral degree
  • a college diploma for technical studies or a vocational diploma at the secondary level, with or without attestation of vocational specialization, obtained consecutively, attesting to 1800 hours or more of consecutive study and leading to a trade

The Ministère accepts attestations of successful completion of a study program as well as final transcripts issued by the registrar of the educational institution. Since the programs admissible under the PEQ must have a minimum duration of 1800 hours, these graduates can obtain a three-year post-graduation work permit.

Study permits

Will study permits for foreign students who are already in Québec be automatically renewed?
The federal government is responsible for issuing study permits. If you have any questions about study permits, please visit Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s website.

Medical coverage

I am a foreign student in Québec and I am eligible for Québec’s health insurance plan under a social security agreement. What happens to my coverage if my studies are interrupted or disrupted due to the pandemic?
Given the current exceptional circumstances, the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ) will maintain coverage for foreign students who are covered by a social security agreement and who are currently eligible for Québec’s health insurance plan. The insurance will also be maintained for dependents who are accompanying the student, if applicable.

Communications with the MIFI


Are the MIFI’s requirements regarding the format of documents to be included with the official immigration application still in effect?
All of the documents required must be included with the application. The MIFI will exceptionally accept photocopies and non-certified copies of these documents if the applicant is unable to provide certified true copies.

Is it possible to send documents by email rather than by mail?
The MIFI is concerned about protecting its clientele’s personal information. Until further notice, all documents must be sent by mail or by a private courier service (e.g., Purolator, FedEx, UPS, DHL, etc.). Should there be any change in the procedure for submitting documents, we will notify our clientele as soon as possible.

Is it possible to submit documents in person?
Is it possible to submit documents to the Registraire de la francization in the document deposit box, located on the ground floor of the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration, at 1200, boulevard Saint-Laurent, in Montréal.

All other documents must be mailed to us. No documents will be received in person.

Should there be any change in the procedure for submitting documents, we will notify our clientele as soon as possible.

I have an appointment for a language evaluation in order to register for a French course. Do I have to attend this evaluation?
All interviews to evaluate language competency levels before registering for a French course are now being done over the phone. Clients have been notified as to when they will receive a call from the Direction du registraire de la francization for their language evaluation.

Will the workshops, seminars and presentations given by MIFI consultants be held?
The MIFI’s consultants have been instructed to cancel their participation in all public events and seminars for the time being. The MIFI is currently working with the organizers to reschedule these events. We are also looking at the possibility of using technological tools for virtual presentations.

Is the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration still issuing the Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ)? If so, can I receive a copy by fax instead of in the mail?
The MIFI is still processing the CAQ applications it has received. Acceptance letters and CAQs are sent, in their original format, by mail. Transmission by fax is not planned.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infographics

In order to raise awareness among all Quebecers about the guidelines they must follow, the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) is providing you with infographics translated into several languages for the “Staying at home means saving lives!” campaign.