Thanks to an agreement between Québec and France, it is now easier for qualified persons to work in either territory.
The agreement has generated mutual recognition arrangements (MRAs) in over 50 trades and professions. These MRAs mean that persons who are qualified to work in the applicable trades and professions in France can also work in Québec, and vice versa.
To be eligible, persons in trades and professions covered by an MRA have to meet two basic criteria:
MRAs have been signed in a variety of trades and professions. Their provisions vary from one field to another.
If you have a certificate of qualification issued by Emploi-Québec for a regulated trade and wish to work in France, it is possible to have the certificate recognized in France. See the website of the Office français de l’immigration et de l’intégration (OFII).
To practise a regulated trade (non-construction-industry) in Québec (compulsory qualification), you must hold an Emploi-Québec certificate of qualification. For trades governed by the Commission de la construction du Québec (CCQ), see the CCQ website.
The following trades are regulated in France but not in Québec:
If you already work in one of these trades in Québec and want to practise the same trade in France, you need to obtain a certificate of vocational qualification. See the Voluntary Qualification page.