For the period from January 1 to December 31, 2013, single persons
must have at least $2,924 at their disposal to meet their basic needs
for the first
months following their arrival in Québec. In addition to this sum, they
must have at their disposal an additional amount for each family member accompanying
them (spouse or de facto spouse and children). For example, a household with
two adults and two children under 18 years of age must have at least $5,185
at their disposal for the first three months. The following table indicates
the essential needs of main family units.
needs of main family units
for the three-month period after arrival in Québec
Note: Amounts (in Canadian dollars) in effect from January 1st to December 31,
The work experience by a skilled worker candidate must have been acquired:
- in the five years preceding the date of submission of an application
for a selection certificate
- in an occupation with a skill level above “D” as defined
by the National Occupational Classification (NOC)
- legally in the country concerned.
The following experience, which respects the aforementioned conditions, is
- experience that was acquired full time or part time in remunerated
- full-time or part-time work internships as part of an apprenticeship,
training or specialization recognized by a diploma, both remunerated and
Inadmissibility of skill level “D” occupations
Work experience acquired in skill level “D” occupations as defined
by the National Occupational Classification (NOC) is not admissible. Skill
level “D” occupations are those that usually require a brief demonstration
of the work to be performed, or on-the-job training or that do not have any
particular educational requirements.
This constitutes experience acquired:
- full time or part time
- as part of remunerated internships (for non-remunerated internships
recognized by a diploma, experience must be acquired during an apprenticeship,
training or specialization)
- in the five years preceding the date of submission of the application
for a selection certificate.
Education is only considered if the candidate completed a diploma program.
The foreign diploma is evaluated based on its correspondence to the Québec
To be eligible for selection, candidates must, at a minimum, hold a diploma
corresponding to a general or vocational high school diploma in Québec.
- a diploma issued by the Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport (MELS), for secondary or college studies, or by a Québec university. The training can have been received in Québec or abroad; OR
- an Attestation of Collegial Studies issued by a college recognized by the MELS. The training must have been received in Québec full time over a period of more than one year.
And treated as a Québec diploma:
- a Canadian diploma (if it is issued by the minister responsible for education or by a university of a Canadian province or territory);
- a foreign diploma recognized as equivalent by a Québec regulatory body, except if it is a medical diploma;
- a foreign diploma or training leading to the practice of a regulated profession or trade in Québec, if you have already received authorization to practise this occupation in Québec;
- a training certificate that falls under a Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) concluded within the framework of a mutual recognition agreement regarding professional qualifications with another government, for the practice of a profession governed by a professional order in Québec. You must possess the legal ability to practise required under this arrangement and this arrangement must have been implemented. Note that France is the only country with which such an agreement has been concluded. Make sure you meet the conditions set out under the MRA for your profession so that your training certificate can be treated as a Québec diploma (in French);
- a foreign diploma or training that falls under an MRA that allows for the practice of a regulated occupation in Québec, if the Québec regulatory body attests that you meet the required training conditions and, if applicable, the professional experience required to practise this occupation (in French).
The colleges recognized by the MELS are listed on the MELS website:
Area of training
The assessment of a candidate’s training is based on the List
of areas of training. This list contains
high school vocational training programs, vocational college programs
programs that lead to a diploma recognized by Québec universities.
For each of the areas of training on the list, the assessment varies according, in particular, to job prospects and the requirements for practising the occupation in question. It also varies according to if the candidate holds a foreign diploma or a Québec diploma or a document considered as such.
To be assessed, the candidate must have received training similar to the training indicated on the list. It is possible that candidates, whose training is included on the list, will have to follow upgrading courses after their arrival in Québec. In addition, if their training leads to the practice of a regulated trade or profession, candidates will have to fulfill the requirements of the regulatory body in question in order to be able to practise in Québec.