Québec Immigration – Pilot program for orderlies

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 orderlies.

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 government in Québec developed this pathway to reduce labour gaps in this sector, which have been exacerbated by the pandemic.

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 31, 2021, and is designed for temporary foreign workers who have worked as orderlies in Quebec for at least one year. Among other eligibility requirements, the applicant must be proficient in spoken French and hold a job as an orderly in Quebec when submitting his application.

There are two streams under this program: Work and Studies-work.

Work stream conditions

  • have a diploma related to working as an orderly, which was obtained following a one-year, full-time study program that corresponds to a Quebec diploma of vocational studies; and
  • have at least 24 months of work experience as an orderly during the three years preceding your application date. At least 12 of these months must have been done in Quebec.
  • This program is specifically for people working as orderlies, as described under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 3413— Nurse aide, orderly and patient service associate.

If the candidate has worked in the health sector outside Quebec, it must be related to basic personal care in order to be considered eligible work experience.

Work-study stream conditions

  • have graduated with a Quebec diploma of vocational studies leading to the occupation of orderly during the two years preceding the submission date of the application,
  • have at least 12 months of work experience as an orderly in Quebec, acquired during the two years preceding the date of submission of the application, and after the completion date of the study program, and
  • have successfully completed the Institutional and Home Care Assistance study program, and graduated with a secondary diploma of vocational studies.

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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