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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, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion 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

  • Verification of the documents provided and the faithfulness of the translations, if applicable
  • Confirmation of the recognition of the educational institution and study program by the competent responsible authorities of the education system concerned, as needed
    Only studies completed in recognized programs and educational institutions are evaluated.
  • Comparison with Québec education benchmarks and fields of training.



Academic results have no impact on the review of the quest for a comparative evaluation as long as the individual earned a passing mark.



Priority processing

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:

  • Original copy of a letter from your employer addressed to your name requesting priority processing, dated and signed, with the employer’s contact information. This letter must stipulate that you are required to present a comparative evaluation to the employer in order to be hired, promoted or to have your contract renewed. If applicable, it may indicate the start date of the job;
  • Original copy of a letter addressed to your name, dated and signed by an officer of a local employment centre (CLE) with the centre’s contact information and logo. This letter must stipulate that the CLE is requesting a comparative evaluation in order for you to be eligible for one of its training programs, for example;
  • Original copy of a letter requesting priority processing sent by a regulatory body that governs your profession or trade. This letter must be dated and signed, and must feature the logo of the regulatory body. It must also stipulate that a comparative evaluation is required in order for your file to be processed.

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.


We recommend that you request priority processing, if it applies to your situation, as soon as you submit your request for a comparative evaluation.

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 - Mandate to represent

The Privacy Act prohibits us from divulging information regarding your request without your authorization. If you wish to delegate someone to submit your request or to ensure follow-up of your file, you must include the form Power of attorney – Mandate with your request.

Comments or queries

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
Ministère de l'Immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion
285, rue Notre-Dame Ouest, 4e étage
Montréal (Québec)  H2Y 1T8

Note: A new analysis may result in a more favourable, less favourable or identical opinion.


Useful links

  • Commission de la construction du Québec
    Information on the construction industry in Québec: trades and occupations, access to the industry, required occupational training, etc.
  • Conseil interprofessionnel du Québec
    The association of professional orders of Québec
    Information on admission to an order, list of all regulated professions and their corresponding professional order, access to professional laws, etc.

1The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is better known under its acronym UNESCO.


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