Quebec Self-Employed Program

The Quebec Self-Employed Program provides a pathway for individuals with experience in self-employment, cultural activities, athletics, or other creative self-employed professionals to apply for permanent residency in Quebec, Canada. Candidates must obtain a Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ – Quebec selection certificate) before officially applying for Canadian permanent residency.

Move to Quebec as a Self-Employed Worker

Understanding the Meaning of Self-Employment in Canada and its Necessary Requirements

The program aims to attract individuals who have the potential to positively impact Quebec’s cultural and economic sectors. Applications are assessed based on the applicant’s background, expertise, financial situation, and self-employment strategy.

Those who are approved, along with their families, will be able to gain permanent residency in Quebec, opening access to a range of social advantages and routes to Canadian citizenship.

In Canada, a self-employed individual is someone who works independently rather than being a hired employee. They either run their own business or offer services as freelance contractors. Typically, self-employed individuals have the flexibility to set their schedule and select their clients, and they may work for multiple clients simultaneously.

You can either apply for:

  • Federal Self-Employed Program
  • Provincial Nominee Programs for Self-Employed Workers
  • Immigrate to Québec as a Self-Employed Worker

Who is Eligible for Quebec Self-Employed Program?

You must carefully understand all the requirements for the Quebec self-employed stream and see whether you fulfil these criteria.

Work Experience

  • You must demonstrate at least 2 years of experience as a self-employed worker in the profession that you wish to continue in Quebec.
  • To be considered for the position, your work experience must be gained in an eligible industry.
  • Ineligible sectors: cashing checks, pledging loans, or payday loans; manufacturing, marketing, or selling of pornographic or sexually explicit goods or services associated with the sex business, such as erotic massages, escort services, or nude or sensual dance; Property-related activities include development, leasing, brokerage, trading, and planning.

Net Worth

  • You must have at least CAD 100,000 to demonstrate your financial ability to sustain in the province.
  • The funds can be shared with your common-law partner or spouse, but you will need to prove that it has been legally acquired.


  • You must possess a diploma that is equivalent to a secondary school diploma in Québec, obtained prior to the date of submission of your application.

Language Proficiency

  • You must have a minimum knowledge of spoken French corresponding to at least level 7 on the Échelle québécoise des niveaux de compétence en français.
  • Even if French is your mother tongue, you need to demonstrate this proficiency.
  • Accepted French assessment tests and diplomas include TCF-QuébecTCF-CanadaTCFDALFDELFTEFAQTEF Canada, and TEF.

Start-Up Deposit

  • Upon receiving confirmation of your file opening, initiate an initial deposit with a financial institution in the region where you intend to work in your profession.
  • The start-up deposit amounts to CAD 25,000 outside the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM) and CAD 50,000 within the CMM territory.


  • Once your file is activated, you must acquire proof of understanding of democratic and Québec values.
  • You and your family members must obtain this attestation within 60 days of receiving the request.

Financial Self-Sufficiency Contract

  • Upon obtaining permanent resident status, you are required to sign a contract committing to meet your essential needs, as well as those of your accompanying family members and any dependent children who are Canadian citizens, for a period of three months

Application Fees for the Quebec Self-Employed Worker Program

The application fees for the program must be paid at the time of applying. The application fee is not refundable.

Applicant Amount in CAD
Principal Applicant $1,211
Spouse or Common-law Partner $192
Each Dependant Child $192

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Here are some frequently asked questions about the Quebec Self-Employed Program:

What is the selection process for the Quebec Self-Employed Program?

Applicants are evaluated based on their experience, skills, financial resources, business plan, language proficiency, and ability to contribute to Quebec’s economy and culture.

Is there any age limit for this program?

There is no age limit for this program till now.

How long does the application process take?

The processing time may vary, depending on multiple factors such as document verification, volume of applications, completeness of the applicants’ documentation etc. It generally takes 24 to 36 months to process an application.

Can my family accompany me to Quebec?

Yes, successful candidates may include their spouse, common-law partner or dependent children in their application for PR in Quebec.

Can I add or remove a family member?

Yes, you can add or delete a family member after submission of your application.

I live in another province and wish to relocate to Quebec as a self-employed person. Is it possible?

No, the program is only reserved for foreign self-employed professionals who want to immigrate to Quebec.

For more information on the Quebec Self-Employment Program, please contact our immigration experts.

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