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2020-10-29: Québec's immigration plan for 2021 View

Québec's immigration plan for 2021

On October 29, the Québec Immigration Plan for 2021 (French only - PDF, 743 kB) was tabled in the National Assembly, in accordance with the provisions of the Québec Immigration Act.

The annual immigration plan establishes the selection targets in the immigration categories under Québec’s selection powers, that is, economic immigration (primarily skilled workers and businesspeople) as well as refugees selected abroad. The immigration plan also stipulates the number of people that will be admitted to Québec as permanent residents.

The Québec Immigration Plan for 2021 is the second plan arising from the orientations adopted on the basis of the public consultation on immigration planning in Québec for 2020-2022, held by the Committee on Citizen Relations in summer 2019.

Admissions below target levels for 2020

The year 2020 has been marked by an unprecedented health crisis. The economic slowdown combined with the closing of borders and travel restrictions had an impact on achieving the Québec Immigration Plan for 2020. Indeed, the number of immigration admissions was significantly curbed. In 2020, only 59 to 70% of planned admissions were achieved, that is, between 25 600 and 30 500 people. The estimated range of unfulfilled admissions is between 13 000 and 18 0001.

Maintaining the focus on the multi-year planning targets for 2021

The Québec Immigration Plan for 2021 will aim for a permanent immigration level of 44 500 to 47 500 admissions as set out in the current multi-year plan. A rebalancing is also planned with the admission of an additional 7000 people, representing the deferment of some of the admissions that were not fulfilled in 2020 due to the health crisis. Economic immigration should represent 62% of all immigration in 2021. In order to ensure the flow of admissions in the future, the MIFI plans to issue, in 2021, between 26 500 and 31 200 Québec selection certificates in the categories under its jurisdiction.

This rebalancing solution was adopted because even though the health crisis has caused an unexpected economic crisis, labour shortages are gradually resurfacing in several sectors. A deficit in immigration admissions could exacerbate labour scarcity when Québec emerges from this crisis and weaken its economic rebound. This solution also takes into account the demographic challenges facing Québec.

You can consult the Québec Immigration Plan for 2021 in the Publications administratives section (in French only).


1 Estimate based on the actual admission data as at August 31, 2020

2020-10-28: Draft regulation on three pilot programs and new intake rules for immigration applications 2020-2021 View

Draft regulation on three pilot programs and new intake rules for immigration applications 2020-2021

October 28, 2020 – A draft regulation for the implementation of three new permanent immigration pilot programs as well as four ministerial orders regarding the rules on the intake of immigration applications from November 1, 2020 to November 1, 2021, were published on October 28, 2020, in the Gazette officielle du Québec.

Permanent immigration pilot programs

The purpose of the draft regulation is to implement three new permanent immigration pilot programs:

  • the pilot program for orderlies;
  • the pilot program for workers in the artificial intelligence (AI), information technologies (IT) and visual effects sectors;
  • the pilot program for workers in food processing (FP).

The draft regulation is published for 45 days. During this period, the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Immigration (MIFI) will gather comments about the programs that are scheduled to come into effect at the beginning of 2021.

New application processing rules

These rules pertain to applications submitted by foreign nationals under the Entrepreneur Program and the Self-Employer Worker Program as well as undertaking applications submitted under the Program for Refugees Abroad (Collective sponsorship).

Entrepreneur Program

The intake of permanent selection applications in Stream 2 of the program has been suspended until November 1, 2021. The maximum number of permanent selection applications that will be accepted under the Entrepreneur Program is 25 for the period from November 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021, in Stream 1 of the program only. Applications exceeding this number will be returned to the candidates.

Entrepreneur candidates who submit a permanent selection application in Stream 1 of the program and who demonstrate advanced intermediate knowledge of French, that is, level 7 or 8 of the Échelle québécoise des niveaux de compétence en français des personnes immigrantes adultes or its equivalent are not subject to the rule on the maximum number of applications and can submit their application at any time between November 1, 2020 and October 31, 2021.

Self-Employed Worker Program

The maximum number of permanent selection applications that will be accepted under the Self-Employed Worker Program is 50 applications for the period from November 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021. Applications exceeding this number will be returned to the candidates.

Candidates who are self-employed workers who demonstrate advanced intermediate knowledge of French, that is, level 7 or 8 of the Échelle québécoise des niveaux de compétence en français des personnes immigrantes adultes or its equivalent are not subject to the rule on the maximum number of applications and can submit their application at any time between November 1, 2020 and October 31, 2021.

Collective sponsorship

The maximum number of undertaking applications accepted for processing under the Program for Refugees Abroad (Collective sponsorship) is 750 for 2021.

The intake of undertaking applications has been suspended until November 1, 2021, for the following sponsor categories:

  • experienced organizations sponsoring only individuals who had to settle outside the Montréal Metropolitan Community;
  • other experienced organizations;
  • regular organizations sponsoring only individuals who had to settle outside the Montréal Metropolitan Community;
  • other regular organizations.

Groups of 2 to 5 individuals can submit an undertaking application from April 6, 2021 to May 5, 2021.  Applications must be submitted electronically. Among the admissible applications submitted, the minister will receive a maximum of 750 applications, randomly drawn under the supervision of an outside auditor and in the presence of witnesses.

These new rules will be in effect from November 1, 2020 to November 1, 2021.

For more information on application processing for the different immigration programs, consult the page Immigration rules and procedures.

For information on the regulation regarding the pilot programs, consult the Gazette officielle (French only - PDF, 1950 kB).

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.