Quebec’s Ministry of Immigration, Francization, and Integration (MIFI) suspended CAQ Applications for institutions that are being subject to verification and, in some cases, an investigation for their recruitment strategies. 

A decision by the Quebec’s Ministry of Immigration, Francisation, and Integration (MIFI) has been taken that they will not accept new Quebec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) applications from students.

It concerns the reception and processing of certain applications for temporary selection for studies.

By this decision, the Minister is temporarily suspending the reception of applications for temporary selection for studies, as well as the processing of applications for temporary selection for studies already received from persons admitted to ten (10) Designated Learning institutions that are under audit or investigation by the Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur (MES).

Therefore, the processing of any application received before December 30, 2020, for which no decision had yet been made is suspended. The reception of new applications is also suspended as of December 30, 2020.

This decision will remain in force until March 31, 2021.

This decision has no repercussions on foreign students currently studying at those institutions and who hold a valid Québec Acceptance Certificate and study permit.

Students who are already studying at one of the above-mentioned teaching institutions can continue their studies as long as they have a valid study permit and CAQ. 

10 DLI’s that are under investigation are as follows

  • M College of Canada;
  • Matrix College of Management, Technology and Healthcare;
  • Canada College inc.;
  • Herzing College (Institute);
  • CDE College;
  • Montréal College of Information Technology;
  • Institut supérieur d’informatique (ISI);
  • Universel College – Gatineau Campus;
  • Collège CDI;
  • Montréal Campus of Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles.

For more information, consult the Gazette officielle du Québec.


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