Without a question, Quebec immigration has more authority and influence than any other province in Canada. When Quebec established its own immigration ministry in 1968, it got more involved in the Canadian immigration system. At the time, Quebec understood that sustaining its distinctively Francophone identity required welcoming more immigrants.
Today, it is responsible for selecting all skilled workers that wish to immigrate to Quebec. The federal government is responsible for admitting these immigrants. Quebec chooses immigrants by using its own standards and procedures. The candidate will be given a Certificat de sélection du Québec if chosen (CSQ). After completing this step, candidates can move on to step two, where they can submit an application for permanent residence at IRCC.
To immigrate to Quebec, foreign nationals will need to meet the requirements of both levels of government. Interested ones may be invited to apply for a CSQ through one of the following economic immigration categories.
- Quebec Regular Skilled Worker Program (QSWP)
- Quebec Experience Program – Programme de l’expérience québécoise (PEQ)
- Quebec Permanent Immigration Pilot Programs
- Quebec Business Immigration Programs
Besides applying under any of the above Quebec immigration programs, foreign nationals may require to apply for a Quebec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) to work or study in Quebec temporarily. Once they receive their CAQ, these individuals can proceed with submitting a temporary work or study permit application to the Government of Canada.
Quebec Updates Its Immigration Processing Fees for 2023
The Quebec Immigration Ministry, Francisation, and Integration (MIFI) update its list of fees for immigration programs every year. It was noted by the province that the fee increase for 2022 was attributed to an increase in the Quebec consumer price index of 2.64%, however, “the 3% increase in 2023 corresponds to the increase proposed by the Minister of Finance of Quebec and isn’t based, as usual, on the consumer price index.”
We have outlined the fee for Quebec immigration processing which is applicable to provincial application processing only. Additional fees may be required at the federal level.
(Application For CSQ)
|Updated Fee as of January 2023|
|Entrepreneur and self-employed worker||$1,176 CAD|
|Skilled Worker (including the PEQ)||$ 869 CAD|
|Each additional family member||$ 186 CAD|
|An employer requesting validation of a permanent employment||$ 216 CAD|
|Undertaking application||Updated Fee as of January 2023|
|First sponsored person/ first sponsored minor||$ 310 CAD|
|For each additional sponsored person||$ 124 CAD|
(Application for a CAQ)
|Updated Fees as of January 1, 2023|
|Temporary worker||$ 216 CAD|
|Employer posting a temporary job offer (except for seasonal agricultural labour)||$ 216 CAD|
|International student||$124 CAD|
|A person on a temporary stay for medical treatment||$124 CAD|
|Immigration consultants Application||Updated Fees as of January 1, 2023|
|For recognition as a Canadian immigration consultant||$ 1,799 CAD|
|For renewal of recognition of an immigration consultant||$1,464 CAD|
|Comparative evaluation of studies completed outside Quebec||$130 CAD|