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Learning about Québec
You have chosen to learn about Québec, its society and the values that it cherishes. It is perhaps the beginning of an immigration process that could change your life and whose success depends mainly on you and your efforts.
A society that is open to immigration
Located in northeastern North America with a population of over 7,500,000 people, Québec is a society that is open to immigration. Every year, Québec typically welcomes almost 45,000 immigrants from some one hundred countries.
Choosing Québec means choosing to live in a democratic, open and francophone society. It also means living in a place that is renowned for its quality of life, affordable cost of living, reasonable education fees and safe environment.
A francophone society
What makes Québec a unique society in North America is its francophone character. The French language is currently used by over 80 % of the population.
If knowledge of the French language is important during the selection process, it is essential for integrating into and contributing to Québec society. Newcomers find themselves in a francophone environment as soon as they arrive in Québec. Things like looking for housing, opening a bank account or registering your child for school are all usually done in French.
The appeal of Québec as a welcoming society is in large part due to its fundamental values. Québec is a pluralist, free and democratic society, based on the primacy of law, where individuals exercise rights and freedoms while respecting those of others and the general well-being, where political and religious powers are separate, where women and men enjoy the same rights and where French is the official language. Adapting to this new environment and fully participating in Québec society means being willing to learn and abide by these common values.