AQIII - Quebec Association of IT Freelancers

About Aqiii

The Quebec Association of IT Freelancer. We are a professional association founded in 1993 as a non-profit organization. AQIII has approximately 1,300 independent IT consultants and entrepreneurs and is one of the largest pool exclusively dedicated to IT freelancing in Canada. For over 29 years, it has been faciltating the access to IT contracts for its members, developing tools for IT start-ups and supporting entrepreneurs through its peer networking activities and value-added interventions.


To provide an accessible business community to independent IT consultants so they may : benefit from the strengths of a network,  succeed in their trade, and preserve their freedom of action as IT entrepreneurs.


  • Be the professional business network for IT freelancers and consultants in Quebec
  • Be the preferred point of entry to SMEs and contract givers to find the independent IT specialists the need for their projects.

Our Key Values

AQIII is aware that networking and mutual aid based on common needs are key values for the association and its members.

  • Networking – The association exploits all possible opportunities to support and facilitate networking among its members, their providers and their customers; this value is reflected in decisions made concerning both services provided to members and events organized or sponsored by the association.
  • Mutual aid based on common needs – The association provides helpful services for the largest possible number of members and takes leadership in any matter that can further the common good of all members.

Cause sociale

CyberCap est un organisme à but non lucratif qui œuvre en intégration socioprofessionnelle et en persévérance scolaire depuis 2000. L'organisme s’est donné pour mission d’améliorer la situation des jeunes. En misant sur le numérique comme vecteur de motivation, CyberCap propose à travers des initiatives innovantes et stimulantes des occasions uniques d’accomplissement personnel, social, scolaire et professionnel. Sensible aux enjeux de société et fort de l’appui de l’industrie et des écoles, CyberCap a récemment mis sur pied Relève numérique un projet qui se déploie dans la grande région de Montréal et qui vise à soutenir les jeunes dans leur choix de carrières tout en alimentant le secteur du numérique de futurs travailleurs talentueux.


Francis Mignault, Yves Leblanc and Michel St-Amour, our founders, first envisioned the idea of an association of IT freelancers. The idea matured and was validated by a dozen IT specialists who came together to realize this grand vision by incorporating the association in November 1993.

AQIII’s Timeline

AQIII’s Timeline


1990 - The idea of a community is envisioned

1993 - Incorporation of the Association

1995 - The contract posting service and helps deploy the association

1997 - 100 active members

2001 - 300 active members

2006 - Launch of the Quebec Chapter and hiring of the first AQIII staff

2009 - 1,000 members!

2012 – 1,500 members. Revenu Québec revises the classification criteria applied to the status of IT freelancers in response to AQIII representations and lobbying efforts

2013 - 1700 members! AQIII celebrates 20 years

2014 – Launch AQIII IT Toolbox

2015 –  New web platform and launch of a new program : accreditation as SME IT-Expert 

2018 - AQIII celebrates 25 years

2020 - Lauchn of the new "Starting on your own in 30 days" Guide


Responsable de la protection des renseignements personnels : François Marchal