Democracy in Québec
Printable version
Immigrate and settle in QuébecWorking in QuébecLiving in QuébecWhere to settle?Learning French

Democracy in Québec

In Québec, democracy enables citizens to exercise their power to elect people to represent them in the National Assembly.

The role of Members of the National Assembly (MNAs) is to:

  • Play an intermediary role between the population and the public administration
  • Study, analyse and vote on bills
  • Question and monitor the actions of the government

Citizens can also run in an election to become MNAs.

The right to vote

To vote in Québec, you must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Be a Canadian citizen
  • Be domiciled in Québec for six months
  • Meet the criteria of the Election Act

Citizens have the right to vote freely and confidentially.

The rule of law

The rule of law means that no one is above the law. Each person, like the State and its agents, must obey the law.

This is a fundamental principle of Québec’s democratic society.

Moreover, all people are:

  • Equal in worth and dignity
  • Entitled to equal protection of the law

Participating in democratic life

Democracy in Québec is based on:

  • Freedom of expression: Citizens can express their political opinions publicly.
  • Freedom of association: Citizens are encouraged to take part in activities organized by associations and organizations related to their daily lives, such as the activities of:
    • A tenants’ association
    • A union
    • A parents’ committee in the school environment

Useful links

  Haut de page
Policy on privacy | Médias sociaux | Déclaration de services à la clientèle | Accès à l'information | Accessibility
Last modification : 2019-12-30
Portail du gouvernement du Québec