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Programme de l’expérience québécoise (PEQ) | Program Update

The Programme de l’expérience Québécoise (PEQ) is a Canadian immigration program operated by the Province of Quebec. To be eligible, you have to have experience living in the province either as a student or as a skilled temporary foreign worker. It is also the only Quebec immigration program that requires that applicants know French.

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The Programme de l’expérience québécoise (PEQ – Québec Experience Program) is an accelerated program to obtain a Certificat de selection du Québec (CSQ), and eventually Canadian permanent residence. It’s intended for individuals who have experience in Québec as a student or as a temporary foreign worker, and who meet certain conditions.

Unlike Express Entry or the Québec Skilled Worker Program (QSW), PEQ does not involve a selection grid or points system. If you meet the requirements of the program, you can submit your application at any time. If it is approved, you will be issued a CSQ from the Québec Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion (MIDI). Once you have a CSQ, you can apply through the federal government for Canadian permanent residence.

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Quebec is the only province which requires a CSQ. However, once you have Canadian permanent residence, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees your right to live and work in any province in Canada.


Québec is the only province in Canada whose official language is French. However, the PEQ is the only Quebec immigration program that requires knowledge of the French language.


The Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSW) operates on a selection grid, points-based system. If you have enough points, you are eligible for the program whether or not you have any knowledge of French. That said, French language ability accounts for up to 16 out of a required 50 (if applying alone) or 59 (if applying with your spouse) points. Learn more about QSW.

There are two main ways for applicants to PEQ to demonstrate their knowledge of French:

  1. By scoring at least level 7 on the Échelle québécoise des niveaux de compétence en français des personnes immigrantes adultes in oral comprehension and oral production on a recognized French test, or its equivalent (level B2 or higher on the Common European Framework of Reference); or
  2. Providing a French language certificate from an institution recognized by the MIDI at the secondary, college, or university level.

Other Ways to Demonstrate French Knowledge:

  1. A final transcript attesting to at least three years of secondary or post-secondary full-time study pursued entirely in French;
  2. A diploma recognized by the MIDI attesting to level B2 French (the Diplôme d’études en langue française (DELF) or Diplôme approfondi de langue française (DALF)); or
  3. A regular license to practise from a professional order in Québec or an attestation of fulfilment of the language requirements of a professional order in Québec or an attestation of successful completion of an examination administered by the Office Québécoise de la langue française for the purposes of obtaining a regular license to practice.


Recently, some PEQ applicants who submitted a diploma from a recognized course to attest to their French language ability have been called in by the MIDI for an interview. If they are found by the interviewer to have insufficient French, they will be required to submit additional documents to demonstrate their language ability. If they can’t their application could be refused in spite of meeting the requirement.

Attorney Renaud Dery was one of the pioneering lawyers to defend their clients from this treatment by the MIDI, and the Canadim Law Firm is involved in preparing files for the judicial review. If you have been affected, or if you want to learn more about the current situation, please click here.

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