Study and Settle in Quebec

Quebec welcomes approximately 45,000 immigrants each year, a figure that is progressively rising

Quebec: An exciting place to live, study and work

Quebec is a culturally, linguistically, and historically unique province of Canada, with a majority French-speaking population. Contrary to popular belief, however, not all colleges and universities in Quebec require French. Indeed, some of the most renowned institutions are predominantly English in character.

Quebec is home to one of the most affordable education systems in North America. The average yearly tuition paid by Quebec students is the lowest in Canada, and the province offers a number of generous student aid programs. For students looking for English, French, or bilingual education, the system of schools in Quebec include a network of institutions that offer world-class education in both of Canada’s official languages.

Individuals thinking about coming to study in Quebec should know that the province’s education and immigration opportunities are slightly different to the rest of Canada. Choosing the right combination of education and settlement options, therefore, can save time, money and stress.

After graduation: A post-graduation work permit

A typical path from student to permanent resident status in Canada is through taking advantage of something Canada offers that is not available, or more difficult to obtain, in other countries — a post-graduate work permit.

This work permit may be issued on completion of the study program for the duration that the program, up to a maximum of three years. Thus, a graduate who completed a four-year study program could be eligible for a three-year post-graduate work permit, while a graduate who completed a study program twelve months in duration could be eligible for a twelve-month post-graduate work permit.

Students must be at least 18 and in possession of a valid study permit when applying.

Quebec offers unique pathway to permanent residence

Transitioning from temporary to permanent status in Quebec is a two-step process. First, when successful applicants are chosen by the province they receive a Quebec Selection Certificate (commonly called a CSQ). Once in possession of a CSQ, applicants then submit an application for Canadian permanent residence to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and undergo health and criminal background checks.

Immigration options for current and future students in Quebec can look toward the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) and Quebec Experience Class (commonly known as the PEQ, or Programme de l’expérience québécoise). 

To find out if you or your business is eligible to apply for a CAQ, or if you have any questions about studying in Canada