Lawyers providing immigration assistance

In terms of employment

The Québec job market

In Québec, the minimum training required in most job offers is 11 years of education or the equivalent of a high school diploma. à

Good knowledge of the written language is highly valued in the overall professional job market.

Knowledge of spoken and written French—and often English as well—greatly increases your chances of advancement.

In addition, some trades and professions—such as the legal profession—are regulated, and so it is necessary to meet various conditions. If that is the case in your trade or profession, you must contact the appropriate regulatory body or professional order to obtain information about that particular trade or profession.

Additional information on the job market in Québec may be found on the website of the Ministère de l'Immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion along with other employment-related resources.

Finding a job

First you must evaluate how well your training and professional experience match the employment opportunities in Québec.

Even if you are over-qualified for your first job in Québec and even if it is not in keeping with your job-related skills, you may accept this job offer to meet your needs, while taking training or until you find something that suits you better. Whatever happens, this job will give you a chance to become familiar with the job market and acquire experience working in Québec.

In short, here are the main steps for finding a job, as described on the website of the Ministère de l'Immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion:

  • Learn about Québec's job market.
  • Explore job prospects in your area of expertise.
  • Find out if you need a comparative evaluation of your studies.
  • Find out if your trade or profession is regulated in Québec.
  • Explore de regions that offer good job prospects.
  • Learn English, in addition to learning French, if the job requires such skills.
  • Prepare your application file and consult job offers.
  • You can create your own job.

Consult the Learning about Québec guide to help you and to get a complete picture of the steps to take in looking for work.

Social insurance number

The social insurance number (SIN) is a nine-figure number that you need to work in Canada or to obtain benefits and services related to the various government programs.

To get more information on the social insurance number and to apply for a social insurance card, visit Service Canada's website.

Minimum working conditions

In Québec, there are also minimum working conditions, including:

  • minimum hourly wage
  • overtime (time worked beyond the regular work schedule)
  • vacations, paid statutory holidays, absences and leaves of absence for family or parental reasons
  • rules that employers must respect in the event of termination of employment, dismissal, etc.

To find out about these various conditions, consult the website of the Commission des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail du Québec.

In case you lose your job

If you lose your job, you might be eligible for the Employment Insurance Plan and be entitled to receive benefits (certain conditions apply). All employers and employees must contribute to this public insurance plan.

More information may be found on Service Canada's website.

© Barreau du Québec 2013-