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Quebec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) Format Transition for Temporary Workers in Quebec

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Quebec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) Format Transition

Important news for temporary workers and stakeholders involved with Quebec’s immigration process! The Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) has implemented a significant change in the issuance of the Quebec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) for those planning to work in Quebec. Here’s an in-depth look at what you need to know:

What’s Changed?

  • Digital Shift: As of December 11, 2023, MIFI has transitioned from issuing a paper confirmation letter of the CAQ to an online attestation for temporary foreign workers applying for a work permit through the Temporary Foreign Workers Program (TFWP) with a labour market impact assessment (LMIA).
  • Specific Exemptions: While most applicants will now receive an online attestation, certain groups, such as those under the agriculture stream and in-home caregivers, will continue to receive a paper attestation by mail until the online system is fully implemented for all categories.

What This Means for You:

  • For New Applicants: If you’re applying for a CAQ after December 11, 2023, be prepared to receive an online attestation instead of a traditional paper letter. Ensure you have access to the necessary digital platforms and are familiar with the process to access your attestation online.
  • For Existing Applicants: If you received a paper CAQ before December 11, 2023, rest assured that your document remains valid. Immigration officers will continue to accept these paper versions during the transition period.
  • For Employers and Stakeholders: It’s crucial to stay updated on this new process to guide your prospective employees correctly and ensure compliance with the updated requirements.

Additional Insights:

  • Environmental and Accessibility Benefits: This digital shift aligns with global trends towards more sustainable and accessible document management. It ensures faster access to crucial documents and reduces the environmental impact associated with paper usage.
  • Future Updates: Keep an eye out for further announcements from MIFI, especially regarding the full implementation of the online attestation for all applicant categories, ensuring a seamless transition for all parties involved.

Action Steps:

  • Verify Your Application Category: Determine whether you will receive your CAQ attestation online or by mail, based on your specific application stream.
  • Prepare for Digital Access: Ensure you have the necessary digital tools and skills to access and manage your online attestation.
  • Stay Informed: Regularly check for updates from MIFI and IRCC to stay informed about any new developments or changes in the CAQ issuance process.


This change marks a significant step towards modernizing the immigration process for temporary workers in Quebec. By staying informed and prepared, applicants and stakeholders can navigate this transition smoothly, ensuring a successful and compliant work experience in Quebec.

For ongoing updates, guidance, and detailed information, continue to follow our platform. We’re committed to providing you with the latest insights and support for your journey as a temporary worker in Quebec!

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