Temporary public policy to grant permanent residence to certain foreign nationals selected by Quebec working in the health care sector during the COVID-19 pandemic

Date Announced:

August 14, 2020

Active Period:

December 14, 2020 until August 31, 2021.


On May 25, 2020, Quebec Premier Legault, announced that he would consider allowing, on a case-by-case basis, claimants working in Quebec long-term care facilities during the pandemic to regularize their status by applying as immigrants. However, given that these individuals do not have status in Canada and are therefore inadmissible, under this public policy the Minister of Immigration facilitates granting of permanent residence to foreign nationals who were selected by Quebec. Recognizing the unique selection authority of Quebec, established under the Canada-Quebec Accord, Quebec has authority, in the current context, to select foreign nationals intending to settle in Quebec.

Departments and Agencies:

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Type of Administrative Action:

Immigration Category:

Refugee claimants


Quebec | caregivers | health care sector

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