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Professional Order Integration Program

The Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI – Québec’s ministry of immigration, francisation, and integration) has set up the Programme d’aide financière pour la formation d’appoint en reconnaissance des compétences (PAFFARC – Financial assistance program for skills recognition). The PAFFARC is specifically for people who were educated outside Canada. It gives you access to financial assistance to take occupational upgrading so you can get your skills recognized by a regulatory body.

The occupational upgrading has to enable you to work in Québec practising a profession or trade that the program covers. The PAFFARC is designed to help you settle into life in Québec and become part of Québec’s workforce.

To learn more about the program’s admission requirements and how to receive financial assistance, visit the PAFFARC’s webpage.

If you meet one of these two requirements, the Professional Order Integration Program is for you:

  • You have a university degree that you got outside Québec
  • You have a university degree that you got in Québec and you need to update your skills to join a Québec professional order

In addition, you must meet this requirement:

  • One of the Québec professional orders listed below has requested that you meet a supplementary training requirement

The organization responsible for certifying the training assesses the training you have completed and determines what requirements you need to meet to practise your profession in Québec.

In certain fields, there is a limited number of training spots, so this means there is an applicant selection process.

Important: If you are an international student, you must obtain a valid Certificat d'acceptation du Québec [Québec acceptance certificate] and a valid study permit or another document authorizing you to study for more than 6 months at the start of your program if you will need more than one semester to complete all the courses required by your Québec professional order.

Professional orders

Université Laval offers the occupational upgrading required to become a member of the following professional orders:

Other professional orders

Can’t find your professional order in the list above?

The Professional Order Integration Program doesn’t cover the following professional orders (but Université Laval does offer occupational upgrading for these orders):

List of useful resources for people trained outside Québec

Questions about admission?

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