Who is it for?
Experienced business owners who wish to create or acquire a business in the province of Quebec.
How does it work?
Eligible applicants submit an application for a Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ). Requirements include having net assets of at least $300,000 and at least two years’ experience in running a business acquired during the previous five years. With a CSQ, the applicant and his or her accompanying family members, if applicable, may apply for immigration to Canada.
What’s the advantage?
In previous intake cycles, applicants with French ability were allowed to apply outside the set quota, giving them an advantage over other applicants. This policy may or may not be in place for future intake cycles.
How much does it cost?
Fees levied by the government of Quebec amount to $1,099 for the principal applicant, with further fees of $174 for an accompanying spouse or partner and $174 for each dependant child.
Once a CSQ has been obtained and the applicant can apply to the government of Canada for permanent residence, federal application fees amount to a processing fee of $1,575 and a right of permanent residence fee of $500 ($2,075 total), plus $1,325 for an accompanying spouse or partner (divided into a processing fee of $825 and a right of permanent residence fee of $500) and $225 for each accompanying child.
How long does it take?
The federal government lists a processing time of 54 months. This does not include the time it takes to obtain a CSQ from the government of Quebec.
Applicants should intend to live in the province of Quebec.
Where can I learn more?
The government of Quebec provides more details.