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Quebec: An Alluring Technology Hub

The issuance of the White House’s executive order on “Buy American and Hire American”[1] has created a situation in which thousands of skilled workers, admitted in the United States under the H-1B visa program, must seek similar employment opportunities abroad, including Canada.


The Province of Quebec is known as a technology hub globally with AI, video-games, and creative technical talent. A tech and business friendly environment, providing best in class global tax incentives for labour and R&D, the Province of Quebec has become the home of world renown institutions such as, MILA, tech giants, as well as superclusters. According to the Internations Report entitled The Best & Worst Cities for Expats in 2019[2], the City of “Montréal earned the top spot among cities in Canada and the U.S. and 5th in the world”[3]. Canada also has the second overall ranking[4] in the U.S. News 2020 Best Countries ranking.


There exists different ways of immigrating, on either a temporary or permanent, basis into Canada, including:


  • The Global Talent Stream[5], such for digital media designers, IS, IT and computer network technicians, web designers and developers, consultants, mathematicians, engineers and the like;

  • Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program;

  • Federal Skilled Trades (FST);

  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

The last three economic immigration programs form part of the Canadian Express Entry[6], wherein work experience, education and language skills are assessed.


To immigrate into the Province of Quebec, consideration must also be given to domestic selection conditions (including willingness to learn French), as further detailed here.


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[1] https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/presidential-executive-order-buy-american-hire-american/ (published April 18, 2017). [2] https://www.internations.org/expat-insider/2019/the-best-and-worst-cities-for-expats-39894. [3] https://www.montrealinternational.com/en/news/montreal-best-city-in-canada-and-the-u-s-for-expats-in-2019/ (published December 17, 2019). [4] https://www.usnews.com/news/best-countries/canada. [5] https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/foreign-workers/global-talent.html (published July 6, 2020). [6] https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/immigrate-canada/express-entry.html (published May 30, 2019).

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