Québec Bound Internationally Trained Individual (ITI)
To practise a profession or to hold a professional title governed by the Professional Code in Québec, a person must hold a permit and be a member in good standing with the regulatory body responsible for this profession. (Note: in Québec, a regulatory body may be referred to as a professional order.)
To find out about the conditions to practise in a regulated profession:
1. Consult the fact sheet: The practice of a profession governed by a professional order (PDF Format – Size: 866 KB)
2. Consult the fact sheet below related to your profession:
- Chemist (PDF Format – Size: 290 KB)
3. Contact Québec's Ministère de l'Immigration et des Communautés culturelles, which offers specialized information on regulated professions and trades and can assist internationally-trained individuals who wish to gain admission to a professional order or other relevant regulatory body.
4. Contact the regulatory body that governs the profession in which you wish to practise.
- The fees related to obtaining a licence and registration to a regulatory body can be quite substantial. They range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars, depending on the circumstances and the governing body. They include the fees for processing an application for equivalence, examinations, issuing the licence, admission to the regulatory body, etc. Costs for required training or internships may apply.
- Procedures for admission to a professional order can be long and complex. In addition to the time required by the regulatory body to process your file, you should also take into account, if applicable, the availability of required courses or internships and their duration, as well as the frequency of examinations administered by the regulatory body and the Office québécois de la langue française. Delays may also be caused by other administrative procedures, for example, when additional supporting documentation is required.
- It is in your best interest to contact the regulatory body for your profession before your departure. This will allow you to become familiar with the steps you will be required to take to obtain your licence and admission into the regulatory body. In addition, it is strongly recommended that you begin the admission process before your departure.