It is largely in order to preserve the unique character of our Quebecois society that Québec created its own provincial department of immigration in 1968. By 1975 the Andras-Bienvenue Agreement invited Québec officials to participate in the recruitment and the selection of immigration candidates at Canadian offices overseas. With time, various agreements were signed in order to enable Québec to play a major role in the selection of independent immigrants, taking into account various economic and social factors to gage their potential ability to integrate and prosper in this province. The selection was made through Québec’s own points system. The most recent and In-force agreement is the Canada-Quebec Accord, consisting and relating to Immigration and Temporary Admission of Aliens in this province.
Therefore, in accordance with Canadian constitutional law A. 109 (2), The province of Quebec has its own immigration programs. This fact allows Quebec to select every person willing to settle within the province on a temporary or permanent basis, prior to the admittance of those foreign nationals by the federal government. Quebec’s immigration programs are: