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French language

This section is for immigrants who have no command of French. These include:

  • immigration candidates seeking information on opportunities to learn French
  • immigrants who received their confirmation letter from Québec and whose files are pending before arriving in Québec
  • immigrants who have arrived in Québec and need to receive training promptly
  • immigrants who have lived in Québec for some time and want to improve their French.


This section can also be useful to people with a good command of French who are, above all, seeking information on the French language in Québec, or complete and detailed information on francization.

French courses are also an opportunity for you to learn about Québec society, its culture and its values.

A common frame of reference

As part of the harmonization of government francization services, the Ministère de l'Immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion and the Ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport have joined forces to develop a common frame of reference in Québec. It will consist of two documents: the Échelle québécoise des niveaux de compétence en français des personnes immigrantes adultes (PDF, 1,9 Mb) and the Programme-cadre de français pour les personnes immigrantes adultes au Québec (PDF, 2,6 Mb). Both of these reference documents serve as a common standard in Québec for evaluating language competency and the teaching of French to educated immigrants.


To learn more

- Services de francisation du Ministère (PDF, 91 Kb)


For help understanding this information, use the on-line dictionaries (PDF, 20 Kb) or automatic translation sites (PDF, 20 Kb).  


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Learning about the French language in Québec

Choosing Québec means you want to live in a francophone society. French is the official language of Québec and the common language of work, education, communications, trade and business. It is spoken by more than 80% of the population.

Learning French online

If you want to:

  • evaluate your level of knowledge of French;
  • take a French course on line when it is most convenient for you;
  • improve your knowledge of French on your own.

Visit the section Learning French online.

Learning French in your country of departure

The time devoted to learning French in your country of departure will help you integrate more quickly in Québec. Register for a French course in the country you are leaving.

Learning French in Québec

Once in Québec, you have access to diverse French course formats free of charge. Financial aid is provided under certain conditions to help you attend class. Register for a French course in Québec.

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