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Quebec Skilled Workers Selection Factors

To be qualified as a Quebec skilled worker, you will be assessed on the following selection factors and a point system.

Selection FactorPoints
Training Maximum 28 points
Experience Maximum 8 points
Age Maximum 16 points
Language Proficiency Maximum 22 points
Stay and family in Quebec Maximum 8 points
Spouse's Characteristics Maximum 16 points
Validated Employment Offer Maximum 10 points
Employability Pass mark for single applicants42
Employability Pass mark for married applicants50
Children Maximum 8 points
Financial Self-Sufficiency Maximum 1 point
Preliminary Pass mark for single applicants49
Preliminary Pass mark for married applicants57
Adaptability Maximum 6 points
Pass mark for single applicants55 points
Pass mark for married applicants63 points

Factor 1- Training (Maximum 28 points)

You can earn selection points for your level of education and your area of training.

1.1 Level of Education

Level of EducationPoints
Master's degree, doctorate or PhD 12 Points
Undergraduate diploma attesting to 3 or more years of full-time studies 10 Points

Postsecondary school technical diploma attesting to 3 years of full-time studies in a program that received 12 or more points under the Area of Traning Factor

10 Points

Secondary school vocational diploma or postsecondary school technical diploma attesting to 1 or 2 years of full-time studies in a program that receives 12 or more points under the Area of Traning Factor

10 Points
Postsecondary school technical diploma attesting to 3 years of full-time studies 8 Points
Undergraduate diploma attesting to 2 years of full-time studies 6 Points
Postsecondary school technical diplomaattesting to 1 or 2 years of full-time studies 6 Points
Secondary school vocational diploma 6 Points
Undergraduate diploma attesting to 1 year of full-time studies 4 Points
Postsecondary school general diploma attesting to 2 years of full-time studies 4 Points
Secondary school general diploma 2 Points

1.2 Area of Training

The 2013 List of areas of training is intended to identify candidates who have earned diplomas or degrees in areas with good medium-term job prospects. It is compiled with particular regard to Quebec job market requirements. The diploma or degree must have been obtained in the five years previous to applying for a Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ). If this is not the case, the applicant must have worked for at least one year out of the five years in question in a field directly related to the diploma or degree obtained and for which assessment is being made.

Area of TrainingPoints
Section A 16 Points
Section B 12 Points
Section C 6 Points
Section D 2 Points
Section E 0 Points
Section F 0 Points
Section G 0 Points

Factor 2- Experience (Maximum 8 Points)

You will earn points for the number of years you have spent in full-time (30 hours per week) or equivalent paid work during the last 5 years in skilled, semi-skilled and management occupation (Skill levels A, B, C and O of National Occupational Classification). You must have at least 6 months experience to considered as a Quebec skilled worker.

Points are awarded on the following basis:

ExperiencePoints
Four years or more 8 points
Three years 6 points
Two years 6 points
One year 4 points
6 months 4 points
Less than 6 months 0 point

Factor 3- Age (Maximum 16 Points)

You will be awarded selection points based on your age at the time when the Quebec Immigration office receives your application according to the following table:

AgePoints
17 or under 0 Point
18 to 35 16 Points
36 14 Points
37 12 Points
38 10 Points
39 8 Points
40 6 Points
41 4 Points
42 2 Points
43 and over 0 Point

Factor 4- Language Proficiency (Maximum 22 points)

Points are awarded under the Language Skills Factor based upon your abilities in Quebec's first official language (French) and second official language (English). Your knowledge of languages will be determined either by documentary proof .

Credits for Language Skills are awarded on the following basis:

Language ProficiencyPoints
French Speaking 7
French Listening 7
French Reading 1
French Writing 1
English Speaking 2
English Listening 2
English Reading 1
English Writing 1

Factor 5- Stay and Family in Quebec (Maximum 8 points)

You can be awarded up to 16 points if you have a close relative in Quebec and/or have stayed in Quebec.

5.1 Stay in Quebec

Stay in QuebecPoints
to study for 1 or 2 regular full-time semesters 5 Points
to work for at least 3 months 5 Points
stay as part of a youth exchange program for at least 3 months 5 Points
other stay for at least 2 weeks 1 Point
other stay for at least 3 months 2 Points

5.2 Family in Quebec

Family in QuebecPoints
spouse or de facto spouse 3 Points
son or daughter, father or mother, brother or sister 3 Points
grandfather or grandmother 3 Points

uncle or aunt, nephew or niece

0 Point

Factor 6- Characteristics of the accompanying spouse or de facto spouse (Maximum 16 Points)

You will be awarded points for the characteristics of your accompanying spouse in level of education, area of training, age and language proficiency.

6.1 Spouse Level of education

Level of EducationPoints
Master's degree, doctorate or PhD 3 Points
Undergraduate diploma attesting to 3 or more years of full-time studies 3 Points
postsecondary school technical diploma attesting to 3 years of full-time studies< 3 Points
secondary school vocational diploma orpostsecondary school technical diploma attesting to 1 or 2 years of full-time studies 2 Points
undergraduate diploma attesting to 2 years of full-time studies 2 Points
postsecondary school technical diploma attesting to 1 or 2 years of full-time studies 2 Points
secondary school vocational diploma 2 Points
undergraduate diploma attesting to 1 year of full-time studies 1 Point
postsecondary school general diploma attesting to 2 years of full-time studies 1 Point
secondary school general diploma 1 Point

6.2 Spouse Area of Training

Area of TrainingPoints
Section A 4 Points
Section B 3 Points
Section C 2 Points
Section D 1 Point
Section E 0 Point
Section F 0 Point
Section G 0 Point

6.3 Spouse Age

AgePoints
17 or under 0 Point
18 to 35 3 Points
36 3 Points
37 2 Points
38 2 Points
39 2 Points
40 1 Points
41 1 Point
42 1 Point
43 and over 0 Point

6.4 Spouse Language Proficiency

French Reading0
Language ProficiencyPoints
French Speaking 3
French Listening 3
French Writing 0

Factor 7- Validated employment offer (Maximum 10 Points)

Validated employment offer is a genuine job offer by a Quebec employer that is approved (validated) by Human Resources & Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) in Quebec.

These points are awarded as follows:

Validated employment offerPoints
Validated employment offer in the metropolitan area of Montreal 6 points
Validated employment offer outside the metropolitan area of Montreal 10 points

Factor 8- Children (Maximum 8 Points)

You may be awarded up to a maximum of 8 point if you have accompanying children

ChildrenPoints
for each child 12 years of age or younger 4 points
for each child 13 to 21 years of age 2 points

Factor 9- Financial Self-sufficiency (1 point)

As part of your application, you are required to declare that you will have, for the duration of a contract signed with MICC which is three months from the date of your arrival in Canada as a permanent resident, financial resources at least equal to the amount provided here to meet basic needs for yourself and your family.

As part of your application, you must sign a contract confirming your commitment to provide for your needs and your family’s needs for at least the first three months following your arrival in Quebec. The minimum amounts that you undertake to possess are shown in the table here.

Financial Self-sufficiencyPoints
Signing of the contract 1 point

Note: The cutoff score is 1 points and it means you have to sign the contract and receive 1 point to qualified for immigration to Quebec.

Adaptability (Maximum 6 Points)

Up to 6 points can be awarded for your adaptability (preparation of your immigration project) which will be assessed based on the steps that you have undertaken to facilitate your socioeconomic integration and your personal qualities with regard to your work activities.