To learn more about the comparative evaluation
To issue an Évaluation comparative des études effectuées hors du Québec (comparative evaluation for studies done outside Québec), the Ministère de l’Immigration et des Communautés culturelles (MICC) uses the common framework for evaluating diplomas applied by all members of the Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada. Specifically, it refers to the General Guiding Principles for Good Practice in the Assessment of Foreign Credentials, which is modeled on the 1997 Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education in the European Region (UNESCO1/Council of Europe). These principles are designed to ensure an objective and fair evaluation based on a rigorous and coherent procedure and identical requirements for all.
Steps in processing a request for a comparative evaluation
Priority processing of a request for a comparative evaluation makes it possible to accelerate the analysis of a file. It is suspended as soon as a more in-depth search is required, for instance, when an information search must be done outside Québec.
To be eligible for priority processing, the file submitted for review must be complete and accompanied by a letter from an employer, a local employment centre (CLE) or a regulatory body (organization governing the profession or trade you wish to practise in Québec). Depending on your situation, you must include one of the following documents with your request for a comparative evaluation:
If the letter requesting priority processing does not meet the above-mentioned requirements, the Ministère will not grant priority processing for your request for a comparative evaluation and you will not receive any notice to this effect.
If you have already submitted a request for a comparative evaluation, you must wait to receive the letter confirming that your file has been opened before sending us your letter requesting priority processing. To avoid any further delays, please make sure to indicate your file number in your letter.
Power of attorney
The Privacy Act prohibits us from divulging information regarding your application without your authorization. If you wish to delegate someone to submit your request or to ensure follow-up of your file, you must include a power of attorney with your application.
Explanations or new analysis
You have six months from the date indicated on your Évaluation comparative des études effectuées hors du Québec or on the letter of refusal to issue a comparative evaluation to obtain explanations about the analysis of your file or to request a new analysis.
We recommend that you first contact the Ministère’s Centre de contacts clientèle. If you still have doubts after this initial process, you can send in a request for verification to the Direction du courrier, de l’encaissement et de l’évaluation comparative. You must indicate in your letter the reason for your request and include a copy of your comparative evaluation or letter of refusal to issue a comparative evaluation.
Direction du courrier, de l'encaissement et de l'évaluation comparative
Note: A new analysis may result in a more favourable, less favourable or identical opinion.
1The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is better known under its acronym UNESCO.