23 Oct, 2021
Quebec’s immigration minister unveiled Wednesday the number of applications the province will accept under its Entrepreneur, Self-employed and three permanent immigration pilot program during the coming year.
“Our government is taking all necessary measures to modernize our immigration processes and better receive immigrants who have chosen to settle in Quebec,” said Nadine Girault, the francophone province’s minister responsible for the Ministre de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI).
Entrepreneur Program’s Second Stream Suspended
Under its Entrepreneur program, Quebue immigration will accept 25 applications under its first stream from Nov. 1 through to the end of next year. All applicants under the program must have at least a Level 7 competence in oral French based on the Échelle Québécoise Des Niveaux De Compétence En Français Des Personnes Immigrantes Adultes.
The first stream of the Entrepreneur program is for those who want to create a business in Quebec with support from a business accelerator, a business incubator or a university entrepreneurship center.
Second stream of the program has been delayed for this year. It is for those who have a net worth of at least $900,000 and want to create or buy an existing business, of which the entrepreneur must control at least 25 per cent if it is a new business or at least 51 per cent if it has been bought.
Under this stream, entrepreneurs must have a controlling interest of at least 25 per cent of the assets of a business they create or 51 per cent of a business they buy. Excluded from the program are businesses that:
Quebec will start accepting an as-yet-undetermined number of applications under that stream of the program starting Dec. 31, 2022.
Self-Employed Program Requires Net Worth Of $100,000
Under its Self-Employed program, Quebec will be accepting 50 applications starting Nov. 1 this year and continue accepting them until Dec. 31 next year.
All applicants must meet the following conditions that differentiate them from the Quebec Skilled Worker Program:
La Belle Province also announced today it will be accepting 600 applications starting on Nov. 3 and running through until Oct. 31 next year in each of its three permanent immigration pilot programs that will run until 2026 for food production workers, orderlies, and those employed in the artificial intelligence, information technology and visual effects sector.
The food production workers pilot is aimed at those working in food or beverage production in Quebec.
Among the occupations covered by the program are those with the following National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes and descriptions:
This pilot program requires that applicants:
Orderlies Pilot Applicants Need Experience As Nurse Aides, Orderlies Or Patient Services Associates
The province’s Orderlies Pilot Program targets NOC 3413 for nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates.
It features both a work stream and a work-study stream. Under both streams, the candidates must:
In addition to those general requirements, candidates under the work stream also have to meet the following requirements:
These candidates must be employed as orderly, under NOC 3413 (nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates).
Candidates employed outside of Quebec must have experience corresponding to one of the following occupations:
Tech Pilot Program To Accept 300 Applicants In Each Stream
Candidates applying under the work-study stream must meet the following requirements:
The work experience must have been acquired legally and be paid, full-time work. After having completed their studies, candidates in this stream must be hired by a Quebec employer and obtain a work permit.
Quebec splits its tech-oriented pilot program into two streams, one for those in artificial intelligence and the other for workers in IT and visual effects.
In each stream, the province will be accepting 300 applications, for a total of 600 for the pilot program, with half of those applications for francophones, starting Nov. 3 and continuing through to Oct. 31 next year – or until the maximum number of applications has been reached.