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Financial self-sufficiency

For the period from January 1 to December 31, 2020, single persons must have at least $3,243 at their disposal to meet their basic needs for the first three 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 $5,750 at their disposal for the first three months. The following table indicates the essential needs of main family units.


Basic needs of main family units
for the three-month period after arrival in Québec
One adult
Two adults
No children
One child
(-18 years)
Two children
(-18 years)
Three children
(-18 years)


Note: Amounts (in Canadian dollars) in effect from January 1st to December 31, 2020.

Work experience

Recognized experience

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 permanent selection
  • 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 recognized:

  • experience that was acquired full time or part time in remunerated jobs
  • full-time or part-time work internships as part of an apprenticeship, training or specialization recognized by a diploma, both remunerated and non-remunerated.

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 permanent selection.



Education is only considered if the candidate completed a diploma program and the diploma was obtained prior to the filing of their application for selection. The foreign diploma is evaluated based on its correspondence to the Québec education system.

Education level

To be eligible for selection, candidates must, at a minimum, hold a diploma corresponding to a general or vocational high school diploma in Québec.

Note that since December 31, 2015, only diplomas obtained before you submitted your application for selection are considered in the attribution of points for the Education level criterion included in the selection grid of the Programme régulier des travailleurs qualifiés (PRTQ - Regular Skilled Worker Program).

Québec diploma

This is:

  • A diploma issued by Ministère de l’Éducation, de l'Enseignement supérieur (MEES), 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 MEES. The training must have been received in Québec full time over a period of one year or more

The following are also 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 between Québec and France. You must possess the ability to practise the profession as required under the arrangement and the arrangement must be in effect. 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 trade in Québec, if the Québec regulatory body attests that you meet the required training conditions and, if applicable, have the work experience required to practise this trade (in French)

The educational institutions recognized by the MEES are listed on the MEES 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 and university programs that lead to a diploma recognized by Québec universities. For each of the areas of training on the list, points are awarded in part on the basis of job prospects and the requirements for practising the occupations in question depending on whether the candidate holds a foreign diploma or a Québec diploma, or a foreign diploma treated as a Québec diploma.

To be assessed, the candidate’s training must be similar to the training indicated on the list. It is possible that candidates whose training is included on the list will have to complete 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.


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