Learn French in Quebec and Get Paid

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 Blog post author: Hamid Hamid
Learn French in Quebec and Get Paid

The Quebec government encourages learning French language because it is the official language of the province. French courses and programs are available for free and if you are eligible you might get paid as well. The financial aids are designed to help you concentrate on your language learning and not worry about your day to day financial needs.

Are you an international student in Montreal? Are you a newcomer who can’t commit to 9 to 5 classes? Take free online French or English classes at CSAI center.

Quebec Government French Courses

The government offers a wide range of French classes tailored to the diverse needs and schedules of Quebec immigrants. These courses are provided in partnership with public educational institutions and community centers. Most universities, colleges (CEGEPs) and school boards include French courses in their adult education programs for the general public.

If you have arrived in Canada within the past five years and you are 16 years old or higher, you can take advantage of government funded French classes. There are other criterias for each type of program. Keep reading to learn about them.

Intensive Full Time French

These courses will teach you French language and introduce you to daily life and culture of Quebec. Each semester is about 11 weeks long, 30 hours a week. Financial assistance for participation, transportation and child care is provided by the government. You need to have Canadian immigrant status(find the definition of immigrant status on the government website) to participate in these classes.
Source: Full Time Courses

Full time courses are intended for immigrants holding a CSQ, over 16 years old and residing in Quebec for less than five years who have one of following status
  • Permanent Resident
  • Authorized to apply in Canada for permanent residence
  • Granted asylum
  • Holder of a temporary stay permit issued pending the granting of permanent residence or a Ministerial permit
  • Naturalized Canadian citizen

Learn French Part Time

If you have a busy schedule and can not commit to full time classes, part time courses might fit your situation better. Part time courses are available to not only immigrants but also students, temporary workers and those who are waiting for their status in Quebec.
Source: Part Time Courses

Part time courses are intended for 16 years old permanent residents living in Quebec who have one the following status
  • Permanent Resident
  • Authorized to apply in Canada for permanent residence who live in Quebec and
  • Granted asylum
  • seeking asylum in Canada while settled in Québec
  • Holder of a temporary stay permit issued pending the granting of permanent residence or a Ministerial permit
  • holder of a temporary stay permit as a temporary worker or foreign student and holder of a Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ – Québec Selection Certificate)
  • Naturalized Canadian citizen

Learn French for Your Occupation

This program is for those who have an intermediate knowledge of general French and want to improve their subject specific terminology in a professional field, whether for work or study. Classes are normally 6 hours per week and they take place after working hours. In some regions of Quebec including the city of Montreal, French courses are also offered in the workplace.
Source: Specialized French courses

Financial Aid and Eligibility

These programs are provided by the ministre de l’immigration, diversité et inclusion for new immigrants arriving in Quebec to help them integrate in the society. Each type of program has its own eligibility criteria but the most important one is your status in Quebec. As an immigrant you need to have a CSQ for full time or part time courses and for online courses you need a CSQ or CAQ.

If you are planning on any of French programs mentioned in this article, you might be eligible for the financial aid provided by the government. But you should not be receiving other government benefits like social assistance, solidarity benefits, employment insurance benefits, etc.

Full time programs are eligible for Participation allowance, Transportation and The allowance for child care expenses. Part time program participants are eligible to to receive financial assistance to help cover child care expenses for their children. You need to pay more attention to application forms in order to get the financial aid. Your request should be filed with your admission forms.
Source: Financial Aid Conditions

Final Step: Apply for Government French Courses

If you still have questions about the programs, start dates or the eligibility criteria, browse the List of MIDI schools, find the one closest to you and contact them via phone or email. If you’re ready to apply for these French courses and the financial aid, you can fill the online application form on the government website. The application takes a while to complete and you can’t save it to come back and finish later. So start the application when you have enough time and all the required information and documents.

Blog post author: Hamid
Hamid is an engineer and up and coming entrepreneur. He has a passion for languages and encourages those around him to never stop learning.

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Melgar Sunday, April 11, 2021 9:05 PM

Hello. I arrived to Gatineau one month ago. I am studying in Ottawa.I need to learn French in part time because I have a little baby too. I speak a little English and my first language is Spanish. I live in Canada one and half year

Baljinder Singh Monday, March 15, 2021 2:26 AM

Hello, I am Baljinder Singh from India and I am looking for online course for learn French from India, can i online learn french language from India.

Muhammad Khokhar Thursday, February 25, 2021 5:44 AM

I'm permanent resident living in Maple Ontario for four years, working as security guard. I'm planning to moved Quebec. How can l take government funded French language courses online . Thanks

marcelo denari Sunday, February 7, 2021 12:23 PM

Hi, I am living in Brazil and I am looking for a free online french courses for beginner . Can you help me find an institution that offers this kind of courses in Canada.

Miche Tuesday, January 19, 2021 2:57 PM

Hello, I am an anglophone Canadian born citizen now living in Montreal and need to learn french to secure work. I am not concerned with being paid to attend ..I wish I was eligble to have at least FREE learning oppurtunity!!! There is such a divide in Quebec between languages. Anyone seeking to learning one of the two offical languages as a second language should have access to free programs! Not only immigrants!

JosephAl Wednesday, November 4, 2020 8:23 AM

hi, I would like to start learning French. please provide me with the process !

Vivek chugh Friday, September 18, 2020 3:00 AM

Hi it's been long time i want to come in Quebec region and i have completed my French A2 level from LA Alliance Française de delhi and I want to continue upto C1 level,right now the situation is bizarre but i want to come there and I need the information that how i can come there and learn French and how i can cooperate with my future studies along with the French....

Vanessa Thursday, August 20, 2020 2:34 PM

I tried to locate the current class schedule and your link is not working.

Sadaf Wednesday, July 29, 2020 8:35 PM

Hi,my name is sadaf jillani I'm pr here in montreal plz tell me about where to learn french and how much I would be paid to learn French I live near Cote vertue so plz guide me the school nearby thankyou

Demiks Team Thursday, July 30, 2020 6:54 AM

Hi Sadaf, please follow the links in the last paragraph of this article to apply for the francisation courses.

Alex Monday, April 27, 2020 5:17 PM

Hello. I am a Candian citizen. My wife just got her PR. We've been living in Western Canada for 2 years. We are planning to move to Quebec....next month. Is it true my wife can get paid to learn French? Thank you for your help.

Aaron Tuesday, January 28, 2020 4:03 PM

hello can i ask if we need to pay for studying french here in quebec and how to be quialified for being paid while studying because we study now and we dont know thanks.

THERESA RAQUEL CALICDAN Thursday, October 10, 2019 10:28 AM

I am a CSQ holder since 2016 and I am working on a night shift I live in Sept-Iles Quebec how am I going to apply if I am qualified? Is there any affiliated school in this particular area?

Gurman Bhatt Wednesday, August 28, 2019 5:41 AM

I am an international student and living in Montreal. Am i eligible to take the paid French Course by Govt.

Aly N'Dom Sunday, August 25, 2019 3:53 PM

I have been teaching for 10 years Englush and French. I landed here in Montreal. I am ready to be a volunteer.

Ashray Friday, August 2, 2019 8:18 AM

Hi, I am a Canadian PR holder but have not started working anywhere yet, i was bound to land anywhere but Quebec because of the nature of the immigration in Quebec. How do I apply for CSQ in order to be eligible for achieving benefits from Quebec govt ?

dimple kumar Saturday, July 13, 2019 5:52 AM

i am an international student and i am studing in montreal right now. i have a CAQ and my immigration status is student. am i eligible for this French learning program and the financial aid

Osoko Friday, July 5, 2019 6:52 AM

I moved to Gatineau a year ago and I became a landed immigrants one years and hald ago. Am I Eligible for free Frnch lessing?

Hilda Thursday, April 11, 2019 8:49 AM

I want to know if I am qualified to learn French full time. please let me know I'm Canadian citizen and been living in Quebec long time. Hope to hear from you.

Michael Tuesday, April 2, 2019 6:29 AM

I am an immigrant in Montreal from the states. I am married to a Canadian/ currently have my file open and being processed for immigration/ work permit etc. am I able to sign up ?

Sophie Friday, March 22, 2019 9:27 PM

My son , is Canadian Citizen Bc parents are . Be he was born in the states , and lived his whole life there . He moved to Montreal to finish finish his grade 12 , in an English school , before entering university. Is this program available for him ? Before he enters university , and to give him the chance to work in Quebec one day , where his mother side of the family is from , where he has strong roots ( minus the French )

Demiks Team Tuesday, March 26, 2019 6:37 PM

This blog post is for immigrants who want to learn French. Please read our blog post about Free ways to learn French language for Canadian citizens

john Tuesday, February 26, 2019 2:12 PM

can those with Canadian citizenship to get this benefit if they move to Quebec?

Demiks Team Saturday, April 6, 2019 12:00 AM

As a citizen you are not eligible for the programs that government of Canada offers for immigrants as a part of their immigration process and integration to the society. There are other free methods for learning French in Quebec province you could take advantage of as a citizen. Here's another article that lists the free French learning methods for Canadian citizens we know of.

Maria Friday, February 15, 2019 5:13 PM

Hello, I want to move to Montreal to learn French. I don't live there yet but im willing to move. Ive been in Ontario for 2 years and a half and I have an Open Work Permit. I want to know if I am eligible. Thanks

Demiks Team Tuesday, March 26, 2019 6:43 PM

The government of Quebec does not have a program for those with Canadian student or work visa. If you hold a CAQ and you are already residing in Quebec to work or study, you are eligible for government's online courses with a tutor or self training without a tutor. If you don't hold a CAQ, you can still learn French by participating in events, immersing yourself in Quebec's french speaking job market or online resources and apps.

Keisha Tuesday, February 12, 2019 8:13 AM

Hi! I would like to ask if i am eligible for financial aid from emploi quebec because i am planning to take french full time course. Ive been here in Montreal for 3years. Do you know how much they give allowance? Thanks a lot!

Alex Wednesday, January 30, 2019 8:27 PM

Question : hello, I hope you are doing fine. I am Permanent Resident of Canada. I am eligible to take French courses in Qiuebec the financial assistance comes with the full time course in which I am eligible too 23:22 if I need to sponsor my wife, would I be eligible to sponsor her while I am taking financial assistance for learning French ?

Jameson Monday, December 10, 2018 4:41 PM

Do I qualify for financial aid French classes as a Canadian citizen who recently moved to Montreal?

Rowel Monday, September 3, 2018 11:30 AM

I just want to know something about financial aid, because currently I am working as a Temporary worker and I study french also 2x a week, 2 hours per week, does it have the allowance given to us who are studying french language?

Demiks Team Tuesday, September 4, 2018 3:21 PM

Based on your question I understand that you are taking French lessons elsewhere. These french courses are for immigrants and the financial aid is for immigrants who are trying to integrate in the society by learning French. I'm afraid you are not eligible for the classes if you are not a Canadian permanent resident or citizen. Therefore you are not going to receive any financial aid for learning French.

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