Temporary Permit (Language Requirements)
The OIQ may issue a temporary permit valid for one year to individuals who have obtained their diploma outside Québec and who are declared qualified to practise their profession but who have not been able to demonstrate the required level of French fluency. (Charter of the French Language, article 37).
Temporary Permit (Specific Project)
The OIQ may also issue a temporary permit to an individual who will be working on a specific project.
If you are a Member of another Canadian association, it could be more beneficial for you to apply for a temporary permit under the current regulations of article 37 of the Charter of the French language. The requirements and timeline to obtain this temporary permit are virtually the same. Also, contrary to the temporary permit for one specific project, the temporary permit under article 37 of the Charter of the French language is not limited to one project and would allow you to work as an Engineer in Québec.
Please note that both these types of permits can be renewed a maximum of 3 times by l’Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec with the authorisation of l’Office québécois de la langue française. One of the conditions for renewal required by l’Office is that you attempt the examination at least once during the 12 months that precede the renewal of the permit.
You may choose one of the 2 following options: