Quebec Making Adjustments To PEQ Rules Announced In May

This year’s graduates will be able to take advantage of the rules presently launched to access the Quebec Experience Program (PEQ), announced Quebec’s immigration minister, Nadine Girault.

International students already in Quebec province, who will have obtained a diploma qualified for the PEQ, or who will secure it by December 31, 2020, will be able to apply under the PEQ rules in effect before the new regulations come into force.

The Quebec government had announced stricter rules for the PEQ on May 28, increasing work experience criteria for temporary foreign workers (TFWs) from the current twelve (12) months to thirty-six (36) months to be eligible for the PEQ. The length of work experience needed for TFWs has now been set to twenty-four (24) months.

In May, Quebec had also announced a requirement of twelve (12) to twenty-four (24) months of work experience for international student, depending on their program of study.

Today, it was said that the duration and work experience requirements for international students will be eased. As such, work experience obtained during a mandatory internship as part of the program of study will be considered, up to at least three months of full-time work.

The changes announced today will come into force on July 22, 2020. Until the new regulations come into effect, the current criteria for PEQ eligibility will continue to apply and all applications received before it came to force the coming into force of the new PEQ rules will be processed under the current rules.

Overview of Quebec Experience Program Requirement

The PEQ is part of two major economic immigration programs in Quebec, the other one being the Regular Skilled Worker Program (PRTQ). The PEQ was introduced in 2010 and immediately became a very popular immigration stream as it provides a fast-track route to Canadian permanent residence for the temporary foreign worker (TFW) and international students who are already in Quebec.

International students

In order to be qualified under the PEQ, international students who got a university degree in Quebec or a Quebec diploma of college studies will be needed to have twelve (12) months of full-time Quebec work experience in jobs that fall under National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes 0, A, and B. They will also be required to possess such job at the time of submission of the application.

International students who obtain a Quebec diploma of professional studies will need to have eighteen (18) months of Quebec work experience in NOC 0, A, B, and C level jobs. Students working-level C jobs can only be qualified under the new PEQ rules if their work experience is connected to their program of study in Quebec.

Work experience obtained by international students during the mandatory internships as part of the study program will be counted towards the requirements for a maximum of three months.

Temporary Foreign Workers

Temporary foreign worker (TFW) will now need to obtain at least twenty (24) months of full-time work experience in the thirty-two (32) months preceding their application for Canadian permanent residence in NOC 0, A, B, and C level jobs. They will also be required or asked to hold such a job at the time of the application.

Transitional Measure

Temporary foreign workers who hold a work permit and who are in Quebec before the regulation comes into force will be able to submit an application under the rules that applied before the reforms come into force, including worker in level C and D jobs as defined by the NOC system.

Foreign students who have graduated with a PEQ qualified diploma or who will obtain one by or before December 31, 2020, will be able to application under conditions that applied before the new rules come into force.

French knowledge for the spouse

In order to ensure that all applicant selected under the PEQ have minimal knowledge of French and to promote better opportunities of integration into Quebec province, the province will require spouses of principal applicants under the PEQ to demonstrate a Level four (4 spoken knowledge of French.

However, these requirements will come into force one year after the new regulations (COVID-19 come into force, that is, on July 22, 2021.

Individuals successful completion of advanced intermediate level French courses ent out by educational institutions in Quebec will no longer be admissible as proof of at French or nowledge of. But, individuals who have already taken, are taking or have registered in courses prior to the coming into force of the new regulations will still be able to submit these documents as proof.

3rd new pilot project is added

Girault also announced a new pilot stream for the agri-food industry today. She has not yet provided information about the program. The province had already announced two other pilot projects in May.

One pilot project will be established Laufer address the high demand for nurse’s aides and beneficiary attendants across the province. The province l would be to bring in up to fifty- 550 nursing aides per year through this pilot project.

The other pilot project focuses on the artificial intelligence and information technology industry, which is booming in Quebec province. A new pilot project will be introduced to enable the province to select 550 highly qualified workers in these fields on an annual basis.