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On May 25, 2023, Quebec announced it would create the Skilled Worker Selection Program (PSTQ).

The PSTQ aims to select foreign nationals who know French and have the skills required to practice their profession in Quebec, within a reasonable amount of time.

There are four components under the PSTQ that allow for the selection of all types of workers in the sectors that need labour. For three of these sectors, knowledge of French will be required of principal applicants and their accompanying spouses.

Regulated professions of the Skilled Worker Selection Program

Section 3 is the Regulated Professions Section of the PSTQ. It is aimed at foreign nationals intending to work in professions that are regulated in Quebec.

In order to be invited to apply for permanent selection under this component, workers in regulated fields must have proof of partial or full recognition of a diploma or tarining equivalence. Regulatory frameworks vary by profession. As such, it is important you know what applies to you.

The full list of regulated occupations are included at the following link from the Government of Quebec. (French only)

Of the 166 occupations listed as regulated ocupations, 74 require candidates to always have authorization to practice (Section A). It includes occupations like Mechanical engineers, which encompass automotive engineers, mechanical designers, tool makers, and others. As such, candidates who want to work in these regulated professions must have started their procedurse with the relevant regulatory body and received proof of partial or full reconition of their diploma or training equivalent.

The remaining 92 occupations do not always require authorization to practice (Section B). This section includes professionals in the forestry sciences as among all the jobs associated with it only forest engineers are regulated. Jobs listed under this occupation such as foresters specializing in assessment or tree nurseries, for example, are not regulated.

Candidates who do not present this proof may be invited as part of Section 1: High qualification and specialized skills, or in Section 2: Intermediate and manual skills, depending on their profession.

For more info on regulated professions in Quebec, visit the Qualifications Quebec website.

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