French in Québec
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French in Québec

French is Québec’s official language. In addition to an essential instrument of communication, it is the language of:

  • The state and the law
  • Work
  • Education
  • Commerce and business
  • Communications

The Charter of the French language protects and promotes French in Québec. It seeks to ensure the quality, protection and reach of the French language, in addition to making it the common language in Québec.

French at the heart of Québec’s identity

Québec is the only society with a French-speaking majority in North America. That makes Québec a distinct society.

French is used to express Québec culture. It represents a common symbol of belonging to the society.

French as an engine of integration

Knowledge of French is essential to successfully integrating Québec society.

It enables you to:

  • Better understand cultural references, and democratic and Québec values
  • Develop social ties more quickly
  • Develop a sense of belonging to Québec society
  • Fully participate in all dimensions of life in Québec society

Knowing French also fosters access to:

  • Education
  • Work
  • Culture
  • Public services

The Québec government offers you free French courses to facilitate your integration into Québec society.

It is important to note that, to practice a profession governed by a professional order in Québec, you must demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the French language in order to obtain a regular permit to practice the profession.

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Last modification : 2019-12-27
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