Quebec Imposes Cap on Family Sponsorship Applications

As of June 26, 2024, through to June 25, 2026, Quebec’s Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration has imposed a 13,000 cap on family-based immigration applications.

The 13,000 limit of applications applies as follows:

Once this cap has been reached, the Ministère will stop accepting applications for the remainder of the period.

This cap does not apply to:

  • A sponsor’s dependent minor child.
  • Minor children the sponsor wishes to adopt.
  • An orphaned minor child of the sponsor’s brother, sister, nephew, niece, grandson, or granddaughter.
  • A sponsor’s adult child who is dependent on a parent due to disability.

To be exempt from the cap, the person being sponsored cannot be married or in a common-law relationship.

This cap does not limit applications to add a dependent of the sponsored person already covered by an application, or to add a dependent to a sponsored person awaiting admission as a permanent resident after an approved application.

The Ministère will make an announcement once the cap has been reached. If the Ministère receives any non-exempt applications after the cap has been reached, it will return those applications without processing them or charging the application fee.

Quebec premier François Legault has previously attributed the province’s housing crisis to the influx of temporary residents.