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Three pilot programs, each with a lifespan of five years, is one of the solutions put in place in 2021 by Quebec to respond to the labor shortage in sensitive sectors. Over the five-year term, each program will host a maximum of 550 principal applicants. The goal is to issue targeted Certificats de sélection du Québec (CSQ) that will allow these candidates to access permanent residence more quickly.
The three pilot programs launched this year and that remain into force until January 1, 2026 are as follows:
iii) Pilot program targeting artificial intelligence, information technology and visual effects sectors launched on April 22, 2021.
For each program, specific conditions have been enacted. These selection criteria are, however, similar in certain points. Applicants must in fact:
In the program for workers in food processing, the profiles sought are for instance:
The beneficiary attendant program recruits:
For any work experience acquired outside Quebec in a profession other than the one mentioned above, it must correspond to one of the following NOC codes:
For its part, the pilot program targeting artificial intelligence, information technology and visual effects sectors is looking for the following profiles:
The three pilot programs promote the transition from temporary resident to permanent resident status. The program targeting artificial intelligence sectors nevertheless encourages the arrival of foreigners. Of the 550 candidates who will be selected each year, 275 will be selected from among foreign workers; the other 275 must have Quebec experience and be employed by a Quebec company.
The application to the pilot programs takes place entirely on Arrima, Quebec’s dedicated platform for the selection of immigrants who must reside in its territory. We have already published a comprehensive article that explains how Arrima works and how to submit your expression of interest, which you can view here.
Submitting an application on Arrima requires creating an account, filling out the appropriate forms, paying the indicated fees, submitting your profile and supporting documents to justify the information provided. The selection review of your case may result in a selection, a refusal or a rejection.
As part of these pilot programs, it is particularly important to use an experienced firm like ours to provide support. It will save you time, energy and financial resources whether you are an individual or a company. In fact, the selection conditions for these pilot programs are more severe than in the usual programs such as the one of regular workers in Quebec (RSWP).
Our firm remains fully available to give you sound advice and to support you in your efforts on the Arrima platform. Please do not hesitate to contact us here to discuss the various possibilities.