I-0.2.1, r. 8 - Permanent immigration pilot program for workers in the artificial intelligence, information technologies and visual effects sectors

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chapter I-0.2.1, r. 8
Permanent immigration pilot program for workers in the artificial intelligence, information technologies and visual effects sectors
IMMIGRATION — WORKERS — ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE — INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES — VISUAL EFFECTS
Québec Immigration Act
(chapter I-0.2.1, s. 32).
I-0.2.1
February 19 2021April 22 2021
DIVISION I
GENERAL
2021-002, Div. IM.O. 2021-002, Div. I.
1. A Permanent immigration pilot program for workers in the artificial intelligence, information technologies and visual effects sectors is implemented.
2021-002M.O. 2021-002, s. 1.
2. The program has 2 components: “Artificial intelligence” and “Information technologies and visual effects”.
The Artificial intelligence component has 2 subcomponents: “Foreign worker” and “Québec graduate”.
2021-002M.O. 2021-002, s. 2.
3. Each component of the program has 2 profiles: “French-speaking” and “Francization”.
2021-002M.O. 2021-002, s. 3.
4. The maximum number of foreign nationals who may be selected under the program is 550 per year. The number is divided in equal parts between each component.
2021-002M.O. 2021-002, s. 4.
DIVISION II
SELECTION
2021-002, Div. IIM.O. 2021-002, Div. II.
§ 1.  — General
2021-002, Sd. 1M.O. 2021-002, Sd. 1.
5. The Minister selects, under the program, a foreign national who meets the general selection conditions of the program and those of either of the subcomponents of the Artificial intelligence component or those of the Information technologies and visual effects component.
2021-002M.O. 2021-002, s. 5.
6. The general selection conditions of the program are the following:
(1)  where applicable, have complied with the conditions of the stay in Québec;
(2)  if the application is filed under the French-speaking profile, show an oral knowledge of French, level 7 according to the Échelle québécoise des niveaux de compétence en français des personnes immigrantes adultes or its equivalent;
(3)  comply with Factor 9, that deals with financial self-sufficiency, of the Selection grid for the economic class in Schedule A of the Québec Immigration Regulation (chapter I-0.2.1, r. 3).
2021-002M.O. 2021-002, s. 6.
§ 2.  — Artificial intelligence component
2021-002, Sd. 2M.O. 2021-002, Sd. 2.
§§ I.  — Foreign worker subcomponent
2021-002, Sd. IM.O. 2021-002, Sd. I.
7. The selection conditions of the Foreign worker subcomponent are the following:
(1)  where applicable, have stayed in Québec with the main purpose of working or taking part in a youth exchange program under an international agreement entered into by Québec or Canada;
(2)  hold a diploma corresponding minimally to a Québec university diploma attesting to a bachelor’s degree;
(3)  have held level 0, A or B employment within the meaning of the National Occupational Classification full time for a period of at least 24 months in the 60 months preceding the date of filing of the application;
(4)  hold or have accepted full-time employment in Québec, in the artificial intelligence sector, for which
(a)  the expertise profile meets the requirements;
(b)  the annual gross salary is at least $75,000 if the employer is established outside the territory of the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal or at least $100,000 if it is established within the territory of the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal.
The condition provided for in subparagraph 3 of the first paragraph does not apply where the diploma referred to in subparagraph 2 of the first paragraph corresponds to a Québec university diploma attesting to a master’s degree or a doctorate that has been obtained within 12 months preceding the date of filing of the application.
2021-002M.O. 2021-002, s. 7.
8. The holder of a work permit issued under section 205 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (SOR/2002-227) as accompanying spouse may apply and be selected by the Minister if the holder meets the conditions provided for in section 6 and in section 7, except subparagraph 1 of the first paragraph of that section.
2021-002M.O. 2021-002, s. 8.
§§ II.  — Québec graduate subcomponent
2021-002, Sd. IIM.O. 2021-002, Sd. II.
9. The selection conditions of the Québec graduate subcomponent are the following:
(1)  have stayed in Québec with the main purpose of studying, for at least half the duration of the program of studies;
(2)  not hold a scholarship imposing a condition to return to their country at the end of the program of studies or have complied with that condition;
(3)  hold a university diploma issued by an educational institution in Québec attesting to a post-graduate diploma, a master’s degree or a doctorate and obtained in the 24 months preceding the date of filing of the application;
(4)  if the diploma referred to in paragraph 3 is a post-graduate diploma, have held level 0, A or B employment within the meaning of the National Occupational Classification full time in Québec, for a period of at least 6 months in the 12 months following the date of the end of the program of studies;
(5)  hold or have accepted full-time employment in Québec in the artificial intelligence sector and for which the expertise profile meets the requirements.
2021-002M.O. 2021-002, s. 9.
§ 3.  — Information technologies and visual effects component
2021-002, Sd. 3M.O. 2021-002, Sd. 3.
10. The selection conditions of the Information technologies and visual effects component are the following:
(1)  where applicable, have stayed in Québec with the main purpose of working or taking part in a youth exchange program under an international agreement entered into by Québec or Canada;
(2)  hold a diploma corresponding minimally to a Québec diploma of college studies in a technical program or to a Québec university diploma attesting to a bachelor’s degree;
(3)  have held full-time eligible employment, for a period of at least 24 months in the 60 months preceding the date of filing of the application;
(4)  hold or have accepted full-time eligible employment in Québec whose hourly wage is greater than the ninth decile of the average hourly wage of the last 3 years available for that employment, as estimated by the Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity.
2021-002M.O. 2021-002, s. 10.
11. The holder of a work permit issued under section 205 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (SOR/2002-227) as accompanying spouse may apply and be selected by the Minister if the holder meets the conditions provided for in section 6 and in paragraphs 2 to 4 in section 10.
2021-002M.O. 2021-002, s. 11.
12. For the purposes of this component, eligible employment means any of the following professions, according to the National Occupational Classification, with the conditions that, as the case may be, are associated to it:
(1)  information systems analysts and consultants (code 2171);
(2)  graphic designers and illustrators (code 5241), but only if it is carried out in the visual effects sector;
(3)  computer and information systems managers (code 0213);
(4)  software engineers and designers (code 2173);
(5)  electrical and electronics engineers (code 2133);
(6)  producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations (code 5131), but only if it is carried out in the visual effects sector;
(7)  computer programmers and interactive media developers (code 2174);
(8)  audio and video recording technicians (code 5225), but only if it is carried out in the visual effects sector;
(9)  computer network technicians (code 2281);
(10)  electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians (code 2241).
2021-002M.O. 2021-002, s. 12.
DIVISION III
REQUIRED FEES
2021-002, Div. IIIM.O. 2021-002, Div. III.
13. The fees to be paid for the examination of an application for selection filed by a foreign national under the program are those provided for in paragraph 3 of section 74 of the Québec Immigration Act (chapter I-0.2.1).
The fees to be paid for each family member accompanying a foreign national referred to in the first paragraph are those provided for in section 75 of the Act.
2021-002M.O. 2021-002, s. 13.
DIVISION IV
FINAL
2021-002, Div. IVM.O. 2021-002, Div. IV.
14. This program is revoked on 1 January 2026.
2021-002M.O. 2021-002, s. 14.
REFERENCES
M.O. 2021-002, 2021 G.O. 2, 769