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Quebec Holds first Arrima Draw of 2022

Published on: January 31st, 2022

In the first Arrima draw of 2022, Quebec invited 512 workers to apply for permanent selection.

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On January 13, 2022, the Minister of Immigration, Francization and Integration issued a new round of invitations to candidates under the Quebec Skilled Worker program (QSW).

Invited candidates had a profile in Quebec’s Arrima pool and a score of at least 602 points. In addition, Quebec’s latest Arrima draw targeted candidates with experience in one of 21 select occupations:

NOC codeProfession
0213Computer and information systems managers
2147Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
2171Information systems analysts and consultants
2172Database analysts and data administrators
2173Software engineers and designers
2174Computer programmers and interactive media developers
2175Web designers and developers
2241Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
2281Computer network technicians
2282User support technicians
2283Information systems testing technicians
3012Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
3233Licensed practical nurses
3413Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
4031Secondary school teachers
4032Elementary school and kindergarten teachers
4214Early childhood educators and assistants
5131Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations
5223Graphic arts technicians
5241Graphic designers and illustrators
6221Technical sales specialists - wholesale trade

What is Arrima?

Arrima is Quebec’s equivalent to the federal Express Entry pool, that is, a platform that manages the province’s Expression of Interest profiles.

The system also allows Quebec companies to connect directly with candidates in the Arrima pool to meet their labour needs.

Arrima manages profiles through the following four Quebec programs:

  1. Regular Skilled Worker Program (also known as the Quebec Skilled Worker Program)
  2. Québec Experience Program
  3. Permanent immigration pilot programs
  4. International Student Program (only to transmit documents)

What is the Quebec Skilled Worker Program?

Quebec has a special agreement with the federal government that allows the province more autonomy in immigration policies and procedures.

The Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSW) is an immigration program operated by the province of Quebec. The program is aimed at skilled workers that intend to reside in the province of Quebec.

To submit a profile for consideration under the QSW program, candidates must score at least 52 on the QSW points grid.

Quebec Immigration Targets 2022

According to Quebec’s immigration plan, the province could admit up to 70,000 newcomers in 2022. This is the highest immigration level targeted to date. About 65% of admissions this year will likely be economic programs, such as the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) and the Quebec Experience Program (QEP).

In 2021, Quebec issued a total of 3,564 invitations to Quebec Skilled Workers (QSW) through the Arrima portal. In 2020, just 628 invitations were issued for the whole year.

Quebec’s newest draw marks a strong return to Arrima draws for the year as they work toward meeting record immigration targets.


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