Quebec Pumps More Investment into French Courses For Immigrants

Temporary foreign workers and international students who are still in their home countries can now get free online French courses with tutoring if they have Quebec immigration certificates of acceptance. 

“Since July 1st, more immigrants have access to free French-language courses and financial assistance offered by the Province of Quebec,” the province’s Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) announced last week. 

“This financial assistance has been revamped and the conditions simplified to make things easier for applicants.”

Under the expanded French-language training program, free online courses are also available to refugees.


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More Money For French Courses

Those who are still in their home countries and taking these courses in classes through an approved institution can now get more money for that education. The bump up in funding brings the amount up $300 to $1,800 from $1,500.

Those who have taken a French course in the last two years before getting their Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ) can also be eligible, provided they meet certain criteria, for reimbursement once they arrive in Quebec. 

And those taking their French courses in Quebec are also getting more money for the programs. 

Full-time programs are now eligible for $200 in financial assistance per week, up from $188, and part-time programs entitle those enrolled for up to $25 of financial assistance per day, up from $15.

Temporary foreign workers already in the province are now also able to qualify for financial assistance for these French courses from the Province of Quebec even without having the previously-required CAQ and Study Permit to be allowed to take these courses.

Similarly, international students in Quebec can now also take French courses through the Province of Quebec and get financial assistance for these programs even if these courses are not required by the schools and programs in which they are enrolled.

Those wanting to take beginner or intermediate French courses full-time in Quebec must be at least 16 years old and living in Québec. The courses, which are offered throughout the province, run eight to 12 weeks per session and provide between 25 to 30 hours of instruction per week

Beginner Or Intermediate French Courses

Those wanting to take beginner or intermediate French courses on a part-time basis in the province must also be at least 16 years old and living in Québec. But those courses, which are also offered throughout the province and run for eight to 12 weeks per session, only include from four to 15 hours of lessons per week.

Anyone who wants to take the online courses should check out the province’s website. 

Quebec is bullish on immigration, pumping $246 million into programs to attract and retain immigrants in its latest budget.

“Attracting and retaining immigrants to our communities, particularly those in the outlying regions, allows businesses to grow due to these skilled workers and helps resolve labour shortages in several of our economic sectors,” said Quebec Immigration Minister Nadine Girault earlier this year.

“These investments announced by the Quebec government will allow us to put in place more measures to effectively integrate immigrants so they can contribute fully to the development and prosperity of our province,” she said.

That money was earmarked to allow Quebec’s department of immigration to beef up its processes to better recognize immigrants foreign qualifications, to recruit immigrants to outlying areas, to match the need for immigration to labour market needs, and to improve programs designed to integrate these newcomers into Quebecois society.

The budgeted funds were also to be used to boost French-language education programs for immigrants and to attract more international students.

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