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French courses

How much does a French course cost? Is it free?

The French courses offered by the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (registration, the course and the use of educational materials) are free.

At the end of the training, will I receive a certificate?

Yes. When the course has been evaluated, a report card may be issued with the results. Report cards issued by the Ministère are accepted by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada as proof of having met the language requirements in order to submit an application for Canadian citizenship.

Can I interrupt my training and continue it the following session?

Yes. However, if you interrupt your training, you must submit a new application for admission.

Full-time course

Can I receive financial aid in order to take full-time French courses?

Yes. There are three form of allowance: participation allowance, day care allowance and transportation allocation. Note that financial aid is allocated according to each person’s particular situation (status, number of children, etc.). See the Financial aid section for more information.

Financial aid incentives for full-time training
Type of allowance Amount
Participation allowance

$185 per week

 

Child care allowance

Maximum of $25 per dependent
child per day of training

 

Travel allowance

Variable ($0.145 per kilometer)

 

Commuting allowance

Variable (according to public
transit costs)

 

Where are full-time French courses offered?

The Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration’s full-time courses are offered in universities, CEGEPS, community organizations and French school boards.

Can I choose the course location?

For full-time courses, the Ministère chooses the course location in order to guarantee quick access to training. The following criteria can also be taken into consideration: level of education, availability of classrooms and proximity between home and the course location.

Can I choose to study in the same group as my spouse or another family member?

The person’s prior knowledge of French, level of education and course availability determine enrolment in a particular institution or group.

When possible, the Ministère registers members of the same family at the same institution. However, for pedagogical reasons, it is not always recommended that family members attend the same classes.

How do I find out when my course starts?

Once we have determined your eligibility, we will contact you within a maximum of 50 business days.

I have been a permanent resident of Canada for 5 years, am I eligible for the Ministère’s full-time French courses?

Yes. From now on, all immigrants are eligible.

How do I find a day care for my child while I am taking my full-time French course?

You can consult the directory for early childhood care and other day care services, as well as useful links in the Living in Québec – Learning about the education system – Registering your child in child care services (day care) section. You may receive a day care allowance.

Part-time courses

Can I receive financial aid in order to take part-time courses?

Yes. Under certain conditions, you may receive financial aid in the form of participation allowances and child care allowances for your child(children). The amount allocated for participation allowance is $15 per day and the amount reimbursed for child care expenses is $9 per day of training for each dependent child or disabled dependant.

You do not have to submit an application to receive participation allowance. It will be paid automatically.

Consult the Part-time courses section to find out how to submit an application for reimbursement of child care expenses. You will also find the calendars for part-time courses that include the organizations offering drop-in day care services. You can also consult the directory of day care centres and other child care services, as well as useful links in the Living in Québec – Learning about the education system – Registering your child in child care services (day care) section.

Where are part-time French courses offered?

You can consult the calendars available in the Part-time courses section to find out the organizations and educational institutions that offer courses in your region.

Can I choose the course location?

Yes. For part-time courses, you choose the organization where you would like to take the course. Consult the Part-time courses section. It provides the registration schedules for upcoming sessions, including a list of course locations. Note that the Ministère may suggest that you register for a course at another location if it better responds to your situation.

What do I do if there are no courses offered close to where I live?

If in consulting the part-time courses offer (In French - PDF, 21 Kb), you do not find a place that offers courses close to where you live, directly contact the Ministère and it will propose a solution adapted to your situation. To make this request, simply download the application form for part-time courses (In French - Dynamic PDF, 110 Kb), and sent it by mail to the following address:

Direction de l'accès aux services
Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration
800, boulevard de Maisonneuve Est, bureau 301
Montréal (Québec)  H2L 4L8

How can I find out when courses start?

You can consult the Part-time courses section to find out when courses start.

I have been a permanent resident of Canada for over five years. Am I eligible for part-time French courses?

Yes. All permanent residents who live in Québec and want to improve their French are eligible for the Ministère’s French courses. Consult the Part-time courses section.

Specialized courses

What are the professional fields in which the Ministère offers specialized French courses?

The Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration offers specialized French courses in the following fields:

  • health;
  • nursing;
  • engineering and applied sciences;
  • administration, law and business;
  • tourism and trade.

How long is a specialized course?

Specialized course are usually given two evenings a week, three hours per evening, for 11 weeks. Other formats and schedules may be offered depending on the demand.

Can I receive financial aid to take specialized French courses?

Yes. Under certain conditions, you may receive financial aid in the form of participation allowance and child care allowance for your child(children).

The amount allotted for participation allowance is $15 per day and the amount reimbursed for child care expenses is $9 per day of training for each dependent child or disabled dependant.

You do not have to submit an application to receive participation allowance. It will be paid automatically.

Consult the Part-time courses section to find out how to submit an application for reimbursement of child care expendes. To find child care services, consult the directory of day care centres and other child care services, as well as useful links in the Living in Québec – Learning about the education system – Registering your child in child care services (day care) section.

Where are specialized French courses offered?

Consult the Specialized courses section to find out the educational institutions partnered with the Ministère that offer courses in your area.

Can I choose my course location?

Yes. Click on the registration schedule in the Specialized courses section to access the list of places that offer courses for the session you are interested in. Consult the schedules of the course locations to make your choice.

Note that the Ministère may suggest that you enrol in another institution depending on availability.

How do I find out when my course starts?

Consult the Specialized courses section to find out when the next session begins.

I have been a permanent resident of Canada for over five years, am I eligible for specialized French courses?

Yes. All permanent residents who live in Québec and want to improve their French are eligible for the Ministère’s French courses. Consult the Specialized courses section.

Online courses

What levels of French courses are offered online?

Online French courses are intermediate and advanced.

What course formats are available?

Intermediate online French courses can be offered in self-training format or with the support of a teacher.

Advanced French courses can be offered with the support of a tutor.

Self-learning modules for French in specialized fields are also offered: health and nursing, engineering and applied sciences, administration, law and business.

Can I receive financial aid in order to take online French courses?

No. Financial aid is not offered for online French courses.

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