Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion

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Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion is a government department in the Canadian province of Quebec for immigration.


The ministry was founded on November 5, 1968, a decision made by then Premier Jean-Jacques Bertrand. The reasons for the creation of the ministry were: to prevent French from losing its dominant position in Quebec society as the birth rate of french canadians fell, and to attract immigrants from the French-speaking world to Quebec.[1]

At its beginnings, the ministry opened immigration offices only in France and Italy. It also established a network of seven language orientation and training centers, whose goal was to teach french to newcomers.[1]

On February 20, 1978, Canada and Quebec sign an immigration agreement giving Quebec decision-making power to choose its independent immigrants, who would then still have to be approved by Ottawa.[1]

On February 5, 1991, the Canada–Québec Accord relating to Immigration and Temporary Admission of Aliens was concluded, giving Quebec more power in the selection of immigrants by offering federal transfers of funds for integration. of these, and guaranteeing Quebec an immigration rate proportional to its demographic weight in Canada.[1]


It provides a variety of programs for immigrants and immigrant communities in the province, and is a successor to previous agencies such as the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration.

The Minister of Immigration and Cultural Communities oversees the department as a member of the Executive Council of Quebec. The current minister is Simon Joli Barrette.

Application to immigrate to Quebec[edit]

The Quebec Selection Certificate, also known as CSQ, is the Certificate of Selection provided to the applicants who want to immigrate to the Quebec Province of Canada. The CSQ designation is then issued on the basis of the applicant's qualifications, work experience, language ability (French and English) and a few other factors.[2]

Mon projet Québec[edit]

Putting an end to the old fully paper based immigration application process, Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion of Quebec introduced[3] an online system called Mon projet Québec (now decommissioned[4]) where applicants can register and provide details such as education, work experience and language proficiency (both English and French) by which the immigration officer's can calculate the points to select candidates based on the selection grid.[5]

Number of Quebec Selection Certificates Issued[edit]

As of January 14, 2019 , the below tables show the number of Quebec Selection Certificates issued by the Minister as per the document obtained by Access to Information[6].

Number of Quebec Selection Certificates Issued
Year Number of Applicants Invited Number of CSQ Issued
2015 11,512 26,051
2016 13,339 30,545
2017 8638 21,571
2018 4810 12,758

Processing times - Express Entry vs. Quebec Skilled Worker[edit]

The current processing time for applications at Sydney CIO is 20 months for the Quebec Skilled Worker program. This is in addition to the processing time for a Quebec Selection Certificate from the Quebec provincial government. The below table summarizes the processing time for two stream of Quebec Skilled Workers, PEQ[7] and Regular Skilled Worker streams.

Quebec Skilled Worker Processing times
PEQ (Skilled workers with a proven French test) PRTQ (Regular Skilled Workers)
Time to obtain a Quebec Selection Certificate 20 days to 6 months. 36 months.
How to apply for a Quebec Selection Certificate By paper application to MIDI. Online using Mon Project (currently suspended) and send paper documents if invited to submit documents.
Processing time for permanent residency permit from IRCC 20 months. 20 months.
Total time for permanent residency 1.7 to 2.2 years. 4.6 years.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d, Zone Politique -. "Il y a 50 ans, le Québec se dotait d'un ministère de l'Immigration". (in French). Retrieved 2018-11-04.
  2. ^ Quebec Selection Certificate Application Form Gouvernement du Québec, 2006. Retrieved December 29, 2011.
  3. ^ "Immigration, Diversité et Inclusion Québec - Online tool coming for immigration applicants under the Skilled Worker Program". Retrieved 2019-02-28.
  4. ^ "Immigration, Diversité et Inclusion Québec - Mon projet Québec: a user-friendly way to access immigration services online". Retrieved 2019-02-28.
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  6. ^ "Access Information Diffusion Demandes Access Documents" (PDF).
  7. ^ "Immigration, Diversité et Inclusion Québec - Programme de l'expérience québécoise (PEQ –Québec experience program) – Québec Graduate". Retrieved 2019-03-12.

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