As of January 1, anyone immigrating through one of Quebec’s economic immigration programs will have to take the Quebec values test.
This includes the primary applicant’s spouse or partner and any dependent children who are 18 and over. Those who are already living in the province holding a valid work or study permit and who wish to obtain permanent residency will also need to take the test.
The test must be taken within 60 days following the submission of an application in order for the application to be considered valid.
The provincial government has stated that the goal in implementing a values test is to meet the needs of the province’s labor market by improving the integration of new immigrants into Quebec society.
Through the values test, the government can evaluate an individual’s ability to integrate into society based on their knowledge of the French language, as well as the province’s culture and customs.
Through this test, immigrants are declaring their commitment to upholding the values of a democratic society, as well as their intentions to promote the French language and culture.
The government has stated that it believes this will help to attract immigrants who are best suited to fill gaps in the job market, especially in rural areas. The Quebec government has stated that it believes knowledge of French helps new immigrants gain better access to education, public services and employment.
The government has stated the Quebec values test will be similar to the Canadian citizenship test. The test will be made up of 20 questions selected at random from over 200 possibilities.
Individuals will have 3 hours to complete the test and must score at least 15/20 or 75%.
If you fail the assessment, you will have to wait at least 2 weeks before retaking the test. If you fail the second attempt, you will need to attend an Objectif Integration Information Session. (note: If you do not have a valid work or study permit you have a third attempt).
The questions will focus on the following five key principles:
o Quebec is a French-speaking society
o Quebec is a democratic society
o Equality between women and men
o The rights and responsibilities of Quebecers
o Quebec is a secular society
Given that there has been little information released about the actual content of the test, your best option is to do everything you can to learn about the five key principles and any related subject. Knowledge of french is an asset, as well as a strong grasp of the functions of a democratic, secular society.
If you would like more information about Arrima and your Quebec immigration options, please contact us.
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