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come to Québec to create your own job by practicing a profession or trade on your own account.

have net assets of at least C$100,000 that have been legally obtained with, where applicable, your married or common-law spouse provided he or she is accompanying you

have at least two years of experience as a self-employed worker in the profession or trade you plan to practise in Québec.

Assessment of your application will also take into account other factors, such as:

your age and the age of your spouse, where applicable

the nature and duration of your respective professional training

your language skills

your personal qualities and your knowledge of Québec.

Applicants who intend to practise a regulated trade or profession in Québec as self-employed workers run the risk of having their application refused unless they have received a preliminary evaluation of their qualifications from the appropriate regulatory body.

It should be further noted that only some regulatory bodies issue this type of attestation and it is incumbent upon the applicant to initiate the necessary procedures.

 

Evaluation of French and English knowledge

Effective October 10, 2013, all new candidates from businesspeople subclasses (Investors, Entrepreneurs and Self-Employed Workers) who wish to obtain points in the selection grid for their knowledge of French and English must enclose with their immigration application attestations of results of evaluation tests recognized by the Ministère.

Children accompanying their parents are exempt from this requirement.

The results of the language knowledge tests recognized by the Ministère are therefore the only knowledge evaluation tool of French and English used for immigration candidates who submit an application for a Certificat de sélection du Québec.

In addition to optimizing the Ministère’s selection practices, standardized tests ensure that the evaluation of candidates for their French and English knowledge is accurate, consistent and fair.

The results must date from less than two years from the date of submission of the application.

 

Evaluation of French knowledge

Candidates from businesspeople subclasses (principal applicants and spouses of self-employed workers) who wish to obtain points for their knowledge of French (principal applicant: maximum of 16 points, including 14 points for oral and 2 points for written; spouse of a self-employed worker:

maximum of 6 points for oral) must demonstrate this knowledge by enclosing with their immigration application the results of a French evaluation test issued by one of the two organizations recognized by the Ministère, specifically:

the Test d’évaluation du français adapté pour le Québec (TEFAQ) of the Chambre de

commerce et d’industrie de Paris Île-de-France (CCIP-IDF);

the Test de connaissance du français pour le Québec (TCF-Québec) of the Centre

international d’études pédagogiques (CIEP);

the Test d’évaluation du français (TEF) of the CCIP-IDF;

the Test d’évaluation du français pour le Canada (TEF Canada) of the CCIP-IDF;

the Test de connaissance du français (TCF) of the CIEP;

the Diplôme d’études en langue française (DELF) of the CIEP;

the Diplôme approfondi de langue française (DALF) of the CIEP.

These tests evaluate oral comprehension, written comprehension, oral production and written production.

Points on the selection grid are awarded according to the results indicated on the attestations of standardized test results or, if applicable, on the reverse side of the DELF or DALF diploma.

Only supporting documentation issued by organizations that offer these tests (Centre international d’études pédagogiques, Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Paris-Île de France) are recognized by the Ministère.

An up-to-date list of all accredited TEF, TEFAQ, TEF Canada, TCF, TCFQ, DELF and DALF centres can be consulted on the the Internet sites of the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Paris Île-de-France and the Centre international d'études pédagogiques (Centres d'examen DELF - DALF and Centres de passation du TCF pour le Québec).

 

Evaluation of English knowledge

Candidates from businesspeople subclasses (principal applicants only) who wish to obtain points for their knowledge of English must demonstrate this knowledge by enclosing with their immigration application the results of an English evaluation test recognized by the Ministère, namely the IELTS (International English Language Testing System).

 

Awarding of points

For the evaluation of French knowledge, level 7 (advanced intermediate) of the Échelle québécoise des niveaux de compétence en français des personnes immigrantes adultes or its equivalent (level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) is the minimum threshold from which points are awarded.

The principal applicant can obtain a maximum of 16 points for knowledge of oral and written French, including 7 points for oral comprehension, 7 points for oral production, 1 point for written comprehension and 1 point for written production.

The spouse of a candidate can obtain a maximum of 6 points for oral French knowledge, including 3 points for oral comprehension and 3 points for oral production.

For the evaluation of English knowledge, level 5 (intermediate) of the Canadian Language Benchmarks or its equivalent is the minimum threshold from which points are awarded.

The principal applicant can obtain a maximum of 6 points for knowledge of oral and written English, including 2 points for oral comprehension, 2 points for oral production, 1 point for written comprehension and 1 point for written production.

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