Distinguishing between the selection and the admission of businesspeople
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Distinguishing between the selection and the admission of businesspeople

Immigration is a shared jurisdiction between the Government of Québec and the Government of Canada. To immigrate to Québec, applicants and their families must meet the selection AND admission requirements.


Québec is responsible for selecting business immigrants who wish to settle in its territory.

Québec exercises its exclusive power to select business immigrants according to criteria it has determined based on its immigration objectives. To be selected, applicants must meet the requirements of one of the three business immigration programs (Entrepreneur, Investor or Self-Employed Worker) by submitting an application for permanent selection. During the application assessment process, applicants may be invited to a selection interview in Montréal.

If selected, applicants will receive a Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ – Québec Selection Certificate), an official immigration document issued by the Government of Québec.

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Canada is responsible for the admission of business immigrants to its territory.

The Government of Canada admits to Québec only those business applicants that have been selected by Québec.

The Entrepreneur Program encourages selected applicants to come to Québec on a temporary basis to start their business project more quickly. To do so, selected applicants must submit an application for temporary selection at the same time as they apply for permanent residence.

To be admitted on a permanent basis, selected applicants must apply for permanent residence and pass the required medical examination and security screenings, as must their family members.

Applications for permanent residence will not be accepted if the applicant’s health or that of a family member (who may or may not be accompanying the applicant) poses a risk to public health or safety or is likely to be an excessive burden on health or social services in Canada, even if the applicant has obtained a Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ – Québec Selection Certificate).

Upon arrival, the applicant is granted permanent resident status, which confers the same rights as any Canadian citizen, except the right to vote and the right to obtain a Canadian passport. After three years of permanent residence, the applicant may be granted these rights by applying for Canadian citizenship.


To learn more

L'immigration au Québec : Partage des responsabilités Québec-Canada (PDF, 230 Kb) (Québec's immigration: Québec-Canada sharing of responsabilities)


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