The Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) is a Canadian
Immigration Program aimed at selecting newcomers who are likely to
become economically established upon their arrival in the province
of Quebec. To be eligible to apply under this Program an applicant
needs to obtain a Quebec Selection Certificate / certificat de
selection du Québec (CSQ) from the government of Quebec.
Currently, the application intake has commenced from January 18,
2016 and will run up to March 31, 2016 accepting a maximum of 2800
To manage this process more efficiently, the Quebec Government
has incorporated two changes namely, launched the 'Mon projet
Québec' online application management system on January
5, 2016 and also made the criteria for area of training far less
onerous than it was earlier w.e.f. December 31, 2015.
The QSWP is a points-based program. Applicants are awarded
points on the basis of their area of training, work experience,
language proficiency, age, prior relationship with Quebec, the
human capital factors of the applicant's spouse or common-law
partner (if applicable), and whether or not the applicant has a
validated job offer from an employer in Quebec.
One of the distinctive characteristics of the QSWP as compared
to other Canadian immigration programs, is that applicants have the
opportunity to be awarded substantial number of points if they hold
a diploma, degree or certificate in an area of training that meets
Quebec labour market needs. Up to 16 points are made available for
this factor, but until last week applicants who obtained their
diploma, degree or certificate more than five years ago were
required to show relevant work experience in the field in order to
be awarded these points. However, this is no longer the case. As of
December 31, 2015, applicants may receive points under the area of
training factor for their diploma, degree or certificate regardless
of when it was earned, provided that it was obtained before the
application was submitted.
Mon projet Québec is an online immigration application
management system used by the Ministère de
l'Immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion
(MIDI) in order to process applications under the QSWP. As
mentioned above, this system was launched on January 5, 2016 and,
while some issues were encountered over the first two days of
operation, the system seems to be functioning at a much more
Mon projet Québec allows applicants to complete their
application for a CSQ, make online payment, track the status of
their application, make changes to their application, and access
personal electronic messaging throughout the process. As of January
2016, QSWP candidates must use the secure space Mon projet
Québec in order to submit the application. Applicants have
up to 90 days to submit an application from the time they start to
complete the application in Mon projet Québec. Once the
application has been submitted, applicants have 30 days to pay the
government processing fees. If an applicant does not submit within
the prescribed timeframe, the application is deleted from the
Quebec's Minister of Immigration has also recently proposed
a bill that, if passed, could result in Quebec implementing an
'Expression of Interest system' similar to the 'Express
Entry system' currently used by the government of Canada.
With the substantive changes set out above, QSWP could become an
attractive option for individuals who wish to make an application
to immigrate to Canada without having to be invited to apply, as
well as individuals who are in the Express Entry pool and wish to
increase their chances of successfully immigrating to Canada.
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