Quebec Selected Skilled Workers

Quebec is Canada’s largest province in terms of surface, and second in terms of population, with the majority of the population residing in the Greater Montreal Area. As Canada’s Francophone province, French-speaking candidates will fare better and bilinguals who have a high proficiency in both English and French will have the best chance of being invited.

The province of Quebec has diverse sources of income, including natural resources, information technology, aerospace technology and pharmaceutical development. This makes finding employment in Quebec relatively easy, thanks to its variety of options. 

A special agreement between the Canadian government and the province of Quebec led to Quebec’s Selected Skilled Workers program. The province of Quebec has some special caveats and addendum to its needs and requirements so it created this special program. It is meant to appeal to the most skilled candidates who have the right skills as well as knowledge of the province’s history and culture.

Find out if you're eligible

To enter the Quebec’s selection process you will need to make a separate application. The requirements of this special selection process are based on the specific needs of the province of Quebec at any given time, and as streams of new immigrants arrive and settle, the province’s needs – and with it the program’s requirements – can change.

In order to apply for this program, a candidate will have to research the current requirements and ensure their immigration profile will offer the province what it’s looking for.

When this application has been approved, the candidate receives a Certificate of Quebec Selection, which they can then add to their immigration profile for a final review by the CIC.

The 2 stages of the application:

Stage one:

Apply with the Quebec government for a Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ), and get approved. 

Stage two:

Apply with the IRCC for Permanent Resident status. Make sure to attach your CSQ to the application. 

What you need to do:

  • Meet the English/French proficiency requirements.
  • Have a minimum of 2 years of work experience in skilled trade during the last 5 years. This does not include volunteer/unpaid labor. 
  • Meet all the requirements of the NOC (National Occupation Classification) in the relevant skilled trade.
  • Have a job offer (full time or part-time) for a period of at least a year, or possess a certificate that qualifies you to work in the relevant skilled trade.

Skilled trades in-demand in Quebec


  • Visual effects and 2D / 3D
  • Computer animation for film, television or video games the following roles within visual effects and 2D / 3D
  • Computer animation for film, television or video games: 2D supervisor, 3D supervisor
  • Compositing artist
  • Matte painter
  • Modeller
  • Rigger
  • Stereo artist
  • Texture artist
  • Computer graphics supervisor
  • Producer
  • Production manager
  • Technical director
  • Visual effects supervisor
  • Skilled classical ballet dancers
  • Skilled orchestral musicians
  • Software developer
  • Systems engineer
  • Shader writer


  • Skilled chef


  • Cardiac physiologist
  • Clinical neurophysiologist
  • Clinical vascular scientist
  • Respiratory physiologist
  • Sleep physiologist
  • Nuclear medicine technologist
  • Radiotherapy technologist
  • Specialist nurse working in operating theatres
  • Operating department practitioner
  • Specialist nurse working in neonatal intensive care units
  • Anaesthetics
  • Paediatrics
  • General medicine specialties delivering acute care services (intensive care medicine, general internal medicine (acute))
  • Emergency medicine
  • General surgery
  • Obstetrics and gynecology
  • Trauma and orthopaedic surgery
  • ST4 level trainees in paediatrics HPC-registered diagnostic radiographer
  • HPC-registered therapeutic radiographer
  • Sonographer


  • Chemical engineer
  • Geotechnical design engineer
  • Geotechnical specialist
  • Reservoir panel engineer
  • Rock mechanics engineer
  • Soil mechanics engineer
  • Geomechanics engineer
  • Mining geotechnical engineer
  • Mining and coal engineer
  • Wells engineer
  • Tunnelling engineer
  • Petroleum engineer
  • Drilling engineer
  • Completions engineer
  • Fluids engineer
  • Reservoir engineer
  • Offshore and sub-sea engineer
  • Control and instrument engineer
  • Process safety engineer
  • Design engineer in the electricity transmission and distribution industry
  • Simulation development engineer
  • Licensed and military certifying engineer / inspector technician
  • Aerothermal engineer
  • Stress engineer
  • Chief of engineering
  • Advance tool and fixturing engineer
  • mechanical engineer
  • Manufacturing engineer (purchasing)
  • Manufacturing engineer (process planning)
  • Technical services representative
  • Power system engineer
  • Control engineer
  • Protection engineer
  • Geoenvironmental specialist
  • Geoenvironmental engineerConta
  • minated land engineer
  • Landfill engineer
  • Metallurgical / mineral processing engineer
  • Project manager