For newcomers to Québec, we’ve gathered a variety of information to better inform you on how to find a job in Québec’s mining industry. This section contains some very useful guides and checklists. We have also identified various websites and specialized resources to assist you, depending on the stage you are at. Here are the topics covered in this section:

  • Work permits
  • Recognition of your diplomas
  • Professional associations and orders
  • Reference documents and practical guides
  • Where to get help

Work permits

As a general rule, to work in Canada you need a work permit. However, you can check whether you need a work permit for the job category your profession falls into by clicking here.

You must obtain a work permit if you are not in one of the exempted job categories. For more information click here. Note that a work permit only allows you to work temporarily in Canada.

If your goal is to permanently live and work in Canada, you must apply to immigrate. You will find everything you need to know about immigrating here. If you want to apply to immigrate and live in Québec, click here.

Be aware that Québec mining companies will be more interested in hiring you if you already have a work permit or permanent resident status. In some cases, companies will support your immigration application if you work in a rare specialized field and they consider your expertise essential. To get in touch with mining companies operating in Québec, see our company directory in the Finding a company section. You will also find their contact information there.

CSMO Mines provides a list of resources that can help you prepare your work permit or immigration application. However, CSMO is not a specialized organization providing services in this area. For assistance or additional information contact Immigration Canada.

Recognition of your diplomas

Did you receive training before immigrating to Québec? You may need to have a comparative evaluation done to verify that your diplomas conform to job market requirements so you can work in Québec. Click here for more information about this.

The comparative evaluation for studies done outside Québec indicates which educational benchmarks (or main diplomas) and areas of training in Québec can be used to compare with studies done outside Québec. It is neither a diploma nor a diploma equivalency. Rather, it is an expert opinion issued for reference purposes only for the purpose of making it easier for persons who studied outside Québec to access employment or training.

CSMO Mines provides a list of resources that can help you get your training recognized. Note that CSMO is not a specialized organization offering training programs or skills evaluation. For further assistance or additional information contact Ministère de l'Immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion.

Professional associations and orders

Is your profession governed by a Québec professional order? You need to find out because to practice certain professions in Québec you must be a member of the order that governs that profession. Find out more at the Ministère de l'Immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion website by clicking here.

For a list of professions governed by professional orders click here.

We suggest you initiate the accreditation procedure for your professional order very early on because it can sometimes be a long and complex process. In fact, we strongly recommend you start the accreditation procedure even before you arrive in Québec. Be aware that you may incur delays in the handling of your application. Meanwhile, see if the order offers certain courses or internships and inquire about the duration and frequency of exams administered by the order and by Office québécois de la langue française. Delays can also arise at other administrative steps, for example, when additional supporting documents are required.

For more information contact Office des professions du Québec or Ministère de l'Immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion.

Reference documents and practical guides

Here are some helpful reference materials and practical guides:

  • Immigrating to Québec, Ministère de l'Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion website
  • Vocational Qualification, Emploi-Québec website
  • Mon plan d’action personnalisé - Pour faciliter mon intégration au Québec, Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion (in French)
  • Learning about Québec - Your Guide to Successful Integration, Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion
  • Your Complete Job Search Guide, Emploi-Québec
  • Travailler au Québec - Le guide pour les immigrants, Immigrant Québec (in French)
  • Are you a Newcomer? - Checklist: Essential Steps to a Successful Job Search, Emploi-Québec

Where to get help

There are a number of government-sponsored organizations that can help you enter the Québec labour market. With the Emploi-Québec search engine you can look for an employment-services organization by region. Click here to search.