One of Canada’s largest provinces with a population of over 8 million, the multicultural Quebec is a popular destination choice for many immigrants. It is well-known for its Francophone heritage that is celebrated through its architecture, arts, cuisine, and multiple festivals year-round. Additionally, its cost of living is relatively low compared to other major Canadian provinces which makes it an affordable place to live in and thrive. Like all provinces, Quebec has its own set of immigration programs, however, with their distinct selection criteria and immigration process, they are able to offer a simpler and faster pathway to permanent residency. Generally, immigrating to Quebec involves two steps:
- First, an applicant must apply for a Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ) from the Quebec government to show that the applicant has been assessed and accepted for immigration to Quebec by the Government of Quebec.
- Once an applicant receives a CSQ, he/she must submit an application to the federal government, specifically, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and undergo medical, security and criminality checks.