Selection conditions

You must meet all of the conditions for the pilot program to be eligible for permanent selection and to obtain a Certificat de sélection du Québec (Québec selection certificate). Otherwise, your application could be refused. 

To be selected under the Permanent immigration pilot program for workers in food processing, you must: 

  • be 18 years of age or over;
  • intend to settle in Québec to hold a job;
  • have respected the conditions of your stay in Québec;
  • have obtained a diploma minimally corresponding to a high school diploma or a Québec diploma of vocational studies, obtained in a study program of at least one year, full time; 
  • hold an eligible job in an eligible sector in Québec; 
  • have held an eligible job for a period of at least 24 months:
    • on a full-time basis;
    • in Québec;
    • in an eligible sector;
    • during the 36 months preceding the date of submission of your application.
  • have knowledge of oral French that corresponds to Level 7 on the Échelle québécoise des niveaux de compétence en français des personnes immigrantes adultes or its equivalent; 
  • demonstrate financial self-sufficiency.

Occupations targeted by this program

To be eligible, your work experience and the job that you currently hold must correspond to one of the following occupations, under the National Occupational Classification (NOC):

  • NOC 9462 – Industrial butcher and meat cutter, poultry preparer and related worker
  • NOC 9617 – Labourer in food and beverage processing
  • NOC  9618 – Labourer in fish and seafood
  • NOC  6732 – Specialized cleaner
  • NOC 9461 – Process control and machine operator, food and beverage processing
  • NOC  8431 – General farm worker, but only in the position of chicken catcher
  • NOC 9463 – Fish and seafood plant worker

Your work experience and the job you currently hold must also belong to one of the eligible sectors under the North American Industry Classification System This hyperlink will open in a new window. (NAICS) of the Government of Canada:

  • NAICS 311 – Food manufacturing
  • NAICS 3121 – Beverage manufacturing

Eligible work experience

To be eligible, your work experience must have been:

  • acquired legally; 
  • remunerated; 
  • full time (30 hours or more per week) or the equivalent.

Knowledge of French

You must have knowledge of oral French that minimally corresponds to Level 7 on Échelle québécoise des niveaux de compétence en français des personnes immigrantes adultes or its equivalent. Knowledge of oral French includes oral comprehension and oral expression.  

When you submit your application for permanent selection, you must complete a declaration on your knowledge of French. You must also include with your declaration one of the following supporting documents:

  • The electronic versions of the above-mentioned attestations of test results are also recognized. You must take these tests in a centre certified by the organization that offers them.
  • Only attestations of test results issued by the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Paris-Île de France and France Éducation International are recognized by the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration.
  • Your test results must not date back more than two years from the date you submit your application.

Financial self-sufficiency

When you submit your application, you must sign the Financial self-sufficiency contract – Skilled workers (PDF 260 Kb).

This contract commits you to supporting yourself and any accompanying family members for at least the first three months following your arrival in Québec.

Here are the amounts in effect for 2021, in Canadian dollars, that you must have at your disposal. These amounts vary according to the number and type of dependents accompanying you:

Essential needs for a family unit
for the three-month period indicated in the contract
(Effective January 1 to December 31, 2021)
Number of children under 18
who are accompying you
One adultTwo adults
0$3,284$4,816
1$4,413$5,395
2$4,981$5,822
3$5,549$6,251

Add $1,531 per dependent child 18 or over.

The information published on this website has been simplified and provides a summary of the main regulatory provisions. It does not replace in any way the official texts of laws and regulations. For more detailed information on a specific rule, refer to the Québec Immigration Act This hyperlink will open in a new window., the Québec Immigration Regulation This hyperlink will open in a new window., or the Regulation to make three permanent immigration pilot programs This hyperlink will open in a new window..