The Quebec Self-Employed Worker Program grants qualified individuals the opportunity to obtain permanent residence provided they can effectively establish themselves as an independent tradesperson or professional in the province.

Note: The Quebec government reached the intake quota allocated for the Quebec Self-Employed Worker Program in December 2018. However, candidates with approved language test results showing an intermediate-advanced proficiency in Speaking and Listening in French can still apply and have until October 31, 2019, to do so.

Quebec accepts applications from self-employed from foreign nationals who meet the requirements of the program.

About the Quebec Self-Employed Worker Program

Quebec welcomes self-employed foreign nationals interested in coming to Quebec to work as an independent tradesperson or professional. In addition to meeting the minimum requirements for the program, the Government of Quebec says the self-employed worker must accept the following conditions:

  1. choose the means of work performance;
  2. organize the work;
  3. provide the required tools and equipment;
  4. carry out most of the specialized duties; and
  5. collect the profits and support the loss risks resulting from the work. 

Requirements for the Quebec Self-Employed Worker Program

Quebec's Immigration Ministry, the Ministère de l'Immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion (MIDI), says that foreign nationals interested in obtaining permanent residence in Quebec under the Self-Employed Worker Program must be at least 18 years of age and meet other program requirements.

To be considered for selection, self-employed workers based in Montreal must register a start-up deposit of $50,000 or more at a local financial institution. Candidates based in regions outside of Montreal will have to deposit at least $25,000. 

All Self-Employed Worker Program candidates must meet the passing score under the Quebec Economic Class selection grid for the Quebec Self-Employed Program. Candidates will be awarded up to 99 points (112 points if accompanied by a spouse or common-law partner) for factors that include education level, professional experience, language proficiency in French and English, stay and family in Quebec, age, financial self-sufficiency, amount of deposit, and financial resources. 

All Quebec Self-Employed Worker applicants must demonstrate the intention to reside in Quebec. During the review of an application, Quebec Self-employed candidates may be invited to attend a selection interview. 

The following are the minimum requirements for the program:

Factor Minimum requirements 
Education level Secondary school general diploma
Professional experience as a self-employed worker Have acquired a minimum of two years experience in the profession or trade that they intend to practice after establishing themselves in Quebec.
Financial self-sufficiency  Submit a contract to prove financial self-sufficiency.
Deposit for startup Register a start-up deposit of at least $50,000 at a local financial institution if based in the metropolitan area of Montreal. Candidates based outside of Montreal will be required to deposit at least $25,000.
Minimum net worth Have legally acquired a minimum of CAD$100,000 in net worth, alone or with the help of their spouse or common-law partner in the event that the spouse or common-law partner is accompanying.

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