The province of Quebec has signed an accord with the federal government of Canada. The agreement gives Quebec the authority to select immigrants and temporary residents to its territory. Students, foreign workers and prospective immigrant must obtain a certificate from the immigration authority of Quebec.
It is important to understand Quebec does not have a provincial nominee program. It is not possible to apply for immigration or temporary residence (with the exception of visitors), with Quebec as the destination, through a federal program administrated by CIC.
The federal legislation includes provisions which assign selection responsibility to Quebec. Quebec is the only province with its own separate immigration system including comprehensive legislation and processing manuals. The Quebec immigration department is represented by regional offices in the world. These offices arrange information sessions in their respective territories of responsibility.
Quebec offers its own version of the federal immigration categories. While the province has the authority to select immigrants and to accept workers and students, the federal government is responsible for medical and security screening. Ultimately, visas are issued by CIC through the immigration sections of the Canadian diplomatic missions.