Quebec Self-Employed Program
Following a decision by the government published in the Gazette officielle du Québec on June 29, 2012, the Ministère de l’Immigration et des Communautés culturelles has suspended the intake of applications until March 31, 2013 for a selection certificate that can be submitted by candidates in the businesspeople class.
The Quebec Self-Employed Persons Program seeks to attract applicants who have the intention and ability to become self-employed in Canada. Self-employed persons are required to have relevant experience in a trade or profession for their own account. The applicant must:
- have net assets of at least C$100,000 that have been legally obtained; and
- have at least two years of experience as a self-employed worker in the profession or trade he/she plans to practice in Quebec.
To qualify for a Quebec Selection Certificate, self-employted applicants must score enough points under the Quebec Immigration selection system below. A single applicant must score at least 38 points based on the criteria below. An applicant with a spouse or common-law/conjugal partner must score at least 45 points. Additional points can be awarded for financial resources and adaptability. With these points awarded, a single applicant must score a minimum of 44 points. An applicant with a spouse or common-law/conjugal partner must score at least 51 points.
The Quebec Immigration selection factors under Quebec self-employed category may be summarized as follows:
|Education||Maximum 12 points|
|Experience||Maximum 16 points|
|Age||Maximum 10 points|
|Ability in English and/or French||Maximum 22 points|
|Stay and Family in Quebec||Maximum 8 points|
|Spouse's Characteristics||Maximum 12 points|
|Financial Self-Sufficiency||Maximum 1 points|
|Preliminary Pass mark for single applicants||38 points|
|Preliminary Pass mark for married applicants||45 points|
|Financial Resources||Maximum 10 points|
|Adaptability||Maximum 5 points|
|Pass mark for single applicants||44 points|
|Pass mark for married applicants||51 points|
Applicants and their dependants must also undergo medical examinations and security clearances as part of the Canadian immigration application process.
For more information on the Business Class Program, see our Business Class FAQ.