Québec Immigration – Pilot program for food processing workers

On March 3, 2021, Québec announced the launch of three new immigration pilots over the coming weeks. The later will focus on several pathways one of which is for workers in food processing.

The Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) is opening up the pilot for foreign nationals and is expected to last for a maximum of five years. The objective is to attract and retain immigrants whose skills meet shortages in Québec’s labour market.

Through this pathway, the Ministry plans to issue Québec Selection Certificates (CSQ) to up to 550 principal applicants annually. To be eligible, candidates must be working this sector.

The pilot will come into effect on March 24, 2021, and to receive a CSQ, the candidate must:

  • be able to communicate orally in French,
  • have work experience in Quebec in an eligible occupation, and
  • be working in the province when he submits his application.

Additional eligibility requirements include:

  • hold a high school diploma or professional studies diploma from a program in Quebec;
  • have held an eligible full-time job for at least 24 months in an eligible sector in Quebec during the three years prior to the application date; and
  • demonstrate a knowledge of oral French at level 7 (B2), according to the Quebec scale of French proficiency levels for adult immigrants.

Eligible Occupations

  • Industrial butcher, meat cutter, poultry preparer and related workers (NOC 9462);
  • Labourer in food and beverage processing (NOC 9617);
  • Labourer in fish and seafood processing (NOC 9618);
  • Specialized cleaner (NOC 6732);
  • Machine and industrial process operator in food and beverage processing (NOC 9461);
  • Agricultural worker, (NOC 8431) but only the job title “chicken picker;” and
  • Worker in fish and seafood processing plants (NOC 9463);

Interested in knowing more about this program? We are here to help. You can contact us to confirm if you qualify here.

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