Before submitting your application, it is important to read the immigration rules and procedures and the information regarding the application intake periods for a Certificat de sélection du Québec.
To be eligible for this program, you must:
- have net assets of at least C$300,000 that have been legally
obtained with, where applicable, your married or common-law spouse provided
he or she is accompanying you.
- have at least two years’ experience in running a business acquired
during the five years preceding the date you submitted your application in
a lawful and profitable business (agricultural, industrial or commercial)
that you manage, alone or with your accompanying spouse or common-law spouse,
controlling at least 25% of the capital equity.
- Experience in running a business
is here defined as the actual and full-time assuming of the responsibilities
and duties related to the planning, management and control of material, financial
and human resources, provided that such responsibilities and duties are not
assumed in the context of an apprenticeship, training or specialization process
attested to by a diploma.
- Full time means that the person devoted
all of their working time to management during the period in question.
Note: Points are given based on the duration of the responsibilities
assumed and full-time assuming of such responsibilities.
- present your application in one of the two following program components:
- Ability to carry out a business project component:
submit a business project with the purpose of creating or acquiring a
business (agricultural, industrial or commercial) in Québec that
you will manage yourself or that you will participate in as management
and operations partner on a daily basis. You must control, alone or with
your accompanying spouse or common-law spouse, at least 25% of the capital
equity with a value of at least C$100,000.
- Acquisition of a business in Québec component:
have acquired in Québec, alone or with your accompanying spouse or
common-law spouse, at least 25% of capital equity in a business (agricultural,
commercial or industrial) with a value of at least C$100,000. You must manage
the business yourself or participate in it as management and operations
partner on a daily basis.
Note that you cannot claim to be the purchaser of a business acquired, during
the five years preceding the date you submitted your selection certificate application,
by another candidate who participated in the program.
Assessment of the application will take into account other factors such as:
- your age
- the nature and duration of your training
- your language skills
- your personal qualities and your knowledge of Québec.
- depending on the program component selected, the steps taken to acquire
a business in Québec or your ability to carry out a business project
will be the key element in your assessment.
In addition, upon your arrival in Québec, you must comply, for at least
one year during the three years after obtaining permanent resident status, with
the following conditions:
- create or acquire, in whole or in part, an agricultural, commercial or
industrial business established in Québec where you hold at least 25%
of the capital equity with a value of at least C$100,000 and which will employ,
on a permanent basis and for a minimum of 30 hours a week, a Québec
resident other than yourself and accompanying family members. The agricultural
entrepreneur is immune from the obligation to create or maintain full-time
- participate in the daily management and operations of the business.