The Québec Experience Program (PEQ or Programme de l’expérience québécoise) is a permanent immigration pathway for French-speaking skilled workers who have gained recent work experience in the province of Quebec.

The PEQ is segmented into two streams, one for workers in Quebec and one for students and graduates who attended post-secondary programs in Quebec. The program allows temporary work permit holders and international students in Quebec to transition to Canadian permanent resident status.

In 2019, the vast majority of people approved for immigration to Quebec were approved through the PEQ.

Quebec Experience Program (PEQ): Program Overview

Immigration to Quebec under the PEQ is a two-step process. First, applicants must be eligible to apply for a Quebec Selection Certificate (Certificat de sélection du Québec, or CSQ). This document signifies that the applicant has been approved by the government of Quebec for permanent settlement. With a CSQ, the applicant may then apply to the federal government for Canadian permanent residence. This stage is just to check for potential medical and security issues.

One important thing to note about the Quebec Experience Program is that applicants must prove advanced-intermediate or better French oral expression and comprehension skills in order to be considered eligible. Proof may come in the form of:

  • results of an approved language test;
  • a final transcript showing the successful completion of at least three years of secondary or post-secondary full-time study, pursued entirely in French; or
  • a regular licence to practice from a professional order in Quebec or an attestation of fulfillment of the language requirements of a professional order.

If an applicant is applying with a spouse or common-law partner, it is required that both the principal applicant and the partner demonstrate advanced-intermediate French-language proficiency.

Learn more about knowledge of French for the Quebec Experience Program.

Workers and students in Quebec who are not eligible under the PEQ, either due to a lack of French skills or otherwise, may be eligible to apply or a CSQ under the points-based Quebec Skilled Worker Program.

All applicants for permanent residence through Quebec immigration programs are required to show they understand Quebec values. This can be done by passing a Quebec values test or completing a course in Quebec values.

Quebec Experience Program: Foreign workers

In order to obtain a CSQ under the Quebec Experience Program, foreign workers must:

  • be employed in an occupation at National Occupational Classification (NOC) Skill Level 0, A, or B, at the time of application;
  • have at least 24 months of full-time work experience gained in this job in the 36 months prior to applying; and
  • prove the requisite level of French ability (see above).

Quebec Experience Program: Students and graduates

The Quebec Experience Program offers international students the opportunity to begin their formal immigration process before completion of their studies, a privilege generally not granted in other provinces or at the federal level.

In order to obtain a CSQ under the Quebec Experience Program, international students and graduates must:

  • have obtained a degree or diploma from a program on the list of PEQ Eligible Areas of Training;
  • the eligible degree or diploma must be from the past 36 months and from an educational institution recognized by the Quebec Ministry of Education;
  • gain appropriate work experience (see below); and
  • prove the requisite level of French ability (see above).

 

PEQ eligible areas of training for students and graduates

The following areas of training are eligible for applicants who wish to apply through PEQ: