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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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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
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?
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.
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 ?
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 )
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
can those with Canadian citizenship to get this benefit if they move to Quebec?
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.
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
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.
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!
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 ?
Do I qualify for financial aid French classes as a Canadian citizen who recently moved to Montreal?
Jameson, the government's French classes are for immigrants who have been living in Québec and residing in Canada for five years or less. Unfortunately this means you are not eligible to participate in these courses. There are other ways to learn French in Montreal for free.
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?
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.