Quebec cases (Temporary Foreign Worker Program and International Mobility Program)
This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.
This page contains operational guidance for officers who process foreign nationals destined for Quebec, through either of the following programs:
Temporary Foreign Worker Program
Under the terms of article 22 of the Canada–Quebec Accord, Quebec’s consent is required to grant entry to temporary foreign workers who are subject to Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) requirements.
Foreign workers whose destination is Quebec must obtain the consent of Quebec’s Minister of Immigration, Francization and Integration (MIFI) to enter Quebec and take temporary employment. This consent is granted through the issuance of a Quebec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ).
According to the Règlement sur l’immigration au Québec (RIQ), the Minister’s consent to enter Quebec, granted through the issuance of a CAQ, is not required if any of the following conditions apply:
- The employment is continuous in duration for a maximum of 30 days.
- The employment is not paid.
- The foreign national’s employment does not require an assessment of the impact that the employment offer has on the Quebec labour market (term that designates an LMIA in the RIQ).
Quebec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) requirement
The CAQ is issued by the MIFI only for foreign nationals whose employment requires an LMIA.
On August 2, 2018, the MIFI introduced a new CAQ that no longer has validity dates. The expiry date has been replaced by a duration period, in months. The CAQ becomes effective at the time the work permit is issued. This modification was made to ensure the work permit can be issued for the full duration of the employment specified on the LMIA and CAQ.
Per section 105 of the RIQ, the MIFI Minister’s consent for a foreign national’s stay, given under section 5 of the RIQ, is valid for the duration provided for in the positive assessment of the impact on Quebec’s labour market, up to a maximum of 36 months.
The start of the period provided for in the RIQ takes effect on the date the work permit is issued, under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (SC, 2001, C. 27).
Note: To extend a CAQ, a job offer must be reconfirmed by the MIFI.
International Mobility Program
Foreign nationals who are coming to work in Quebec under the International Mobility Program do not require a CAQ.
The following program delivery instructions are available for specific LMIA exemptions applicable to Quebec applicants:
- Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ) holders currently outside Quebec [R205(a) – A76] – International Mobility Program
- Specific Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ) holders currently in Quebec [R205(a) – A75]
- Bridging open work permits for certain economic class permanent residence applicants [R205(a) – A75]
- Comparison table of categories that are available under the International Mobility Program for Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ) holders (PDF, 629 KB)
- International Mobility Program: Canadian interests – Significant benefit – Entrepreneurs/self-employed candidates seeking to operate a business [R205(a) – C11]
- Foreign physicians coming to work in Quebec [R205(a) – C10]
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