Quebec's Revised Areas Of Training List Spells Good News For Employers And Immigrants To Canada

Revisions to Areas of Training List part of broader changes to Quebec’s immigration system

Quebec has made significant revisions to its Areas of Training list signifying a continued emphasis on highly-specialized professional training when choosing skilled worker immigrants to the province.

The Areas of Training list is one of ten factors under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) points grid. It awards a maximum of 12 points based on the applicant’s university, college, or secondary-level vocational degree from a Quebec based, or foreign educational institution.

Under the new list, applicants with foreign graduate, college-level, or secondary-level vocational degrees in a wide range of areas can receive up to 12 points, the highest score.


Revised Section A of the Area of Training List

The number of foreign-issued degrees that gives an applicant 12 points remains unchanged at seven. Yet, the revised list highlights that Quebec plans to build a bigger and more diverse pool of skilled worker immigrants through its new Expression of Interest system. 

While the previous list awarded maximum points to those with degrees and qualifications in genetics, computer science and engineering, nuclear medicine, pharmaceutical production, and other similar occupations, the revised list includes courses related to the following occupations:

  • Restaurant management including chefs and food service supervisors and managers 
  • Heavy duty equipment mechanics related to agriculture.
  • Actuarial sciences
  • Information management
  • Early childhood educators

Number of foreign degrees recognized under Section B grows

The updated Areas of Training List also increases the number of foreign degrees recognized under Section B, which can result in a maximum of 9 points under the QSWP points grid.

The number of university-level foreign degrees recognized under Section B of the updated list increased from 30 to 46 with the addition of degrees such as Bachelor in Applied Mathematics, a Master’s in Architecture and Bachelor’s in Preschool Teacher Training, among others.

College-level technical training degrees under Section B also increased, from 16 to 27. New degrees in this area include a DCS in Aerospace Engineering Technology, a DCS in Dental Hygiene Techniques and either an ACS or DCS in Special Care Counselling Techniques, among others.


Another significant development under Section B is the number of foreign Secondary Level Vocational degrees that are now being recognized, with the number jumping from four to 28.

The new additions include a DVS in Automated Systems Electromechanics, Boilermaking, Carpentry and Maple Syrup Production, among others.

A number of foreign degrees that appeared under these different Section B categories on the previous Areas of Training list have either been moved to a different section or removed.