Choosing to immigrate to Québec

Depending on your situation, there are several programs available to help you get started with your immigration plans to Québec.

Knowing French to immigrate to Québec

French, Québec's official language, is the key that can open many doors in all areas of life. The knowledge of French is an essential requirement for permanent immigration to Québec. 

The importance of French in Québec

Immigrating to Québec as a skilled worker

​You can immigrate to Québec permanently to work as part of the Regular Skilled Worker Program (RSWP). You can apply from abroad or from Québec. 

Step 1: Filing an expression of interest in immigrating to Québec 

​​​​​The expression of interest can be made online free of charge. It allows you to: 

  • Indicate your desire to immigrate to Québec; 
  • Show that your profile matches Québec's labour needs; 
  • Indicate that you have a satisfactory knowledge of French. 

Filing an expression of interest in immigrating to Québec 

Step 2: ​Receiving an invitation to submit an application for permanent selection 

If your profile matches the criteria of the Ministère de l'Immigration, de la Francisation et de l'Intégration, you may receive an invitation to continue your immigration process and submit an application for permanent selection. If your application for permanent selection is accepted, you will be issued a Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ) after which you can continue your application with the Canadian federal government.

Immigrating to Québec for business

If you are interested in carrying out a business project in Québec, you have three options:  

  • Settle in Québec as an entrepreneur to start, acquire or take over a business, or carry out an innovative project with the support of an organization; 
  • Settle in Québec as an investor; 
  • Settle in Québec as a self-employed worker. 

Find out about programs, procedures and eligibility criteria.

Advantages of choosing Québec to immigrate

Québec is a modern society offering an exceptional quality of life and a booming job market. It's also a place known for its tolerance and cultural diversity, where everyone can feel safe and included. 


Employee-employer relations are harmonious and based on a flexible, collaborative hierarchy. Working in Québec means having access to numerous opportunities for professional advancement and career change. Many sectors need skilled workers. Flexible work schedules help balance family and career. 

Learn more about the Québec job market 


The education system is made up of several levels:       

  • Pre-school education; 
  • Elementary and secondary education; 
  • College studies; 
  • University studies; 
  • Postgraduate training. 

The public system is entirely secular. In most educational institutions, classes are mixed. 

Understanding Québec’s education system. 

Social programs 

A host of social programs have been set up to help families, students, workers and people in difficulty. Among other things, the government offers public insurance plans in the event of illness, road accident or work-related injury, as well as drug insurance and financial assistance for families. 

Security and justice  

Rights and freedoms 

Québec offers a safe environment where every individual is protected by an independent justice system, by a police force present throughout the territory and by the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms This hyperlink will open in a new window.. This is a fundamental law to which all other Québec laws must adhere in most cases. 

The Québec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms prohibits discrimination on the basis of: 

  • Race; 
  • Color; 
  • Gender; 
  • Gender identity or expression; 
  • Pregnancy; 
  • Sexual orientation; 
  • Marital status; 
  • Age (except as provided by law); 
  • Religion; 
  • Political views; 
  • Language; 
  • Ethnic or national origin; 
  • Social status; 
  • Disability or the use of a means to palliate a disability. 


Québec's crime rate is among the lowest in the world. Public safety is a priority for the government. 

Find out more about policing and crime prevention This hyperlink will open in a new window.  

Understanding Québec’s justice system 

Values of Québec society 

Québec society is founded on many core values: 

  • Québec is a French-speaking society;  
  • Québec is a democratic society;  
  • Québec is a lay State; 
  • The rule of law means that no one is above the law; 
  • Citizens can publicly express their political opinions; 
  • Women and men have the same rights, obligations and responsibilities in public and private life. 

Sharing Québec’s Key Values​​​​​​​

Learn more about Québec before immigrating

Québec spans across an area that's 1.7 million square kilometres in size. Eighty percent (80%) of the 8.6 million people live in the southern part of the province, mainly along the St. Lawrence River. 

With an unemployment rate that fluctuates between 4% and 5%, Québec offers many opportunities to settle in major urban centres or in the regions. 

Québec’s regions 

Québec is made up of 17 regions, each with its own unique landscape, history and range of activities. 

Highlights of the 17 regions of Québec  This hyperlink will open in a new window.

Discover the highlights of each region This hyperlink will open in a new window. 

Québec at a glance 

Québec is home to 3% of the world's renewable freshwater reserves, as well as numerous forests that play a key economic, social and environmental role. 

View Québec at a glance

Québec's changing seasonal characters 

There are four distinct seasons in Québec: cold, snowy winter, hot, humid summer in the south, more moderate spring and autumn. 

Québec’s changing seasonal characters This hyperlink will open in a new window.

Information sessions on Québec 

The Ministère de l'Immigration, de la Francisation et de l'Intégration holds information sessions focusing on life, work and immigration procedures in Québec. These sessions are free of charge and offered in several languages. 

View the session calendar This hyperlink will open in a new window.

Last update: April 25, 2024


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