From January 1, 2020, persons willing to migrate and settle in Quebec will be required to obtain the attestation of learning about the city’s democratic values as laid out in its Charter of Human Rights and Freedom. Quebec Government argues that knowing the values is critical in establishing an immigrant’s integration with the local community.
One is required to read the guide to get acquainted with the city’s values and one does not need to do so when taking the test. The guide categorizes Quebec’s values into five main principles:
- The town is a French-speaking society
- It is a democratic society
- Gender equity
- Quebecers’ rights and responsibilities
- The city is a secular society
What is contained in the values test
The city’s value test covers the following economic immigration programs:
- Quebec Experience Program (PEQ)
- Self-Employed Program
- Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP)
- Investor Program
- Entrepreneur Program
Children under the age of 18 and persons who are physically and cognitively impaired are exempted from passing the test. One is required to send their attestation within 60 days after applying for a selection certificate. The pass mark for the test is 75% or 15 out of 20 and one can use their grades for two years. Applicants who fail the test will have their application terminated and have to make a fresh application.
Taking the test
Applicants can take the test online or go through an information session if one resides in Quebec. One has three chances to try and pass the test. Those who hold study and work permits are required to undergo the in-person information session in the last attempt, should they fail in the first two attempts. Candidates applying from abroad can take the online test in their final (third) attempt. There are 20 random questions in the online test.