New immigration application intake rules for 2017-2018

March 30, 2017 – New rules regarding the maximum number of applications for a Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ – Québec selection certificate) that can be received by the Ministère will be in effect from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018, inclusively. These new rules pertain to applications submitted by economic immigration candidates (permanent workers and businesspeople).

Skilled workers

The Ministère will receive 5000 applications for a selection certificate under the Regular Skilled Worker Program during the next intake period, the dates of which will be announced at a later date. Applications must be submitted using the Mon projet Québec secure space.

Reminder — candidates who can submit an application at any time

Candidates with an employment offer validated by the Ministère or who are temporary residents in Québec and authorized to submit an application for a Québec selection certificate can do so at any time using the Mon projet Québec secure space.
Those who wish to submit an application under the Programme de l’expérience québécoise (PEQ – Québec experience program) can also do so at any time following the instructions specific to the PEQ.


From May 29, 2017 to February 23, 2018, the Ministère will receive a maximum of 1900 applications for a selection certificate under the Investor Program, including a maximum of 1330 applications from foreign nationals from the People’s Republic of China, including the administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macao.

Applications must be sent by regular mail or by a courier to the Direction de l’enregistrement et de l’évaluation comparative, in Montréal (for all territories). Only one application can be sent at a time. Applications dropped off in person will not be accepted.

The rules pertaining to applications excluded from this maximum number, processing priority and the selection grid are specified on the page Immigration rules and procedures.

Entrepreneurs and self-employed workers

For the period April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018, no applications for a Certificat de sélection du Québec will be received under the Entrepreneur Program and Self-Employed Worker Program.

Toward a better immigration system

The new application intake rules for 2017-2018 were established with the objective of modernizing the Québec immigration system as quickly as possible. By limiting the number of new immigration applications received, the Ministère is able to process a greater number of pending applications.

In addition to working to reduce the backlog of applications to be processed, this period will enable the implementation of a new, more competitive and effective system for immigration applications. This new system will put an end to the “first-come-first-serve” principle, reduce processing times and make it possible to select candidates who have the best chances of participating fully, in French, in Québec society.

Note that these new application intake rules are in line with Québec’s immigration objectives (PDF, 910 Kb). Consequently, for 2017, Québec plans to admit between 49 000 and 53 000 immigrants.

For more details, consult the page Immigration rules and procedures.


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