Program delivery update: Work permit renewals and extensions for Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ) holders in Quebec

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada staff. It is posted on the Department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

June 5, 2019

The work permit instructions have been updated to reflect section 108 of the Règlement sur l’immigration au Québec (RIQ). Section 108 of the RIQ, which came into effect on August 2, 2018, specifies that Quebec Selection Certificates (CSQs) issued after the coming into force of the RIQ are valid for a duration of 24 months or until a decision is rendered on the permanent residence application by virtue of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA).

Therefore, since August 2, 2018, the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion (MIDI) has no longer been renewing CSQs. CSQs are now issued for 24 months and remain valid for the duration of the permanent residence application, even if the 24 months have passed. In addition, CSQs issued before August 2, 2018, that are valid for 36 months remain valid for the duration of the permanent residence application, even if the 36 months have passed.

The instructions on the issuance of work permits for CSQ holders have been clarified.

Updated instructions

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