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Frequently asked questions

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What are the admission requirements?
To be admitted to a vocational training program, you must meet four admission criteria:
  • Age: be 17 years old when you arrive in Quebec;
  • Language: have the required language level for the program you are interested in;
  • Academic level: have the academic level required to enter the program you have chosen;
  • Financial capacity: be able to provide proof that you have the financial capacity to pay the tuition fees and to support yourself and your accompanying persons, if applicable.
For more information, visit our Admission requirements page.
 
What are the steps to follow to apply?
First, check if you meet the Admission requirements. Then, choose among all the programs offered the one that suits you best. Then, you can begin your registration by creating your account directly on our website. To learn more about the steps to follow, visit our How to register page.
 
How to prove financial capacity?
At the time of application, you must be able to prove your financial capacity to carry out your study project. You will need to demonstrate, through documentation, that you have sufficient financial resources to cover the following costs:
Tuition fees: the amount needed to cover tuition fees can be proven by savings or any other amount now available from you and/or a financial guarantor.
  • Bank statements including balance (last 3 months)
  • Letter from the bank attesting to assets
Living and other expenses: the amount needed to cover these expenses can be proven by savings available now and/or money received each month during the training by you and/or a financial guarantor.
  • Bank statements including balance (last 3 months)
  • Letter from the bank attesting to the assets
  • Statements showing that you or your guarantor will receive a recurring income during your training (e.g.: rental income, pension, etc.)
  • Statements of the employment income of a guarantor
For more information on financial capability, see the table on the Begin your study project in Quebec page.
 
How do I register?
You can register directly on our website by completing the form available on the Begin your study project in Quebec page.
 
When should I start the process?
You can start your registration as soon as you have the required documents. There is no deadline to register, however it is important to note that it takes 8 to 10 months from the time students register to the time they arrive in Quebec to begin their professional training.
 
When do classes start?
The start dates vary from one program to another and from one center to another. Many programs are offered in the fall and winter, while others are offered on a continuous basis. Visit the Vocational trainings page of our website dedicated to the training you are interested in to find out the possible start dates.
 
Why should I use the services of Québec métiers d'avenir?
Québec métiers d'avenir is a personalized accompaniment service created by Éducation internationale, the representative of Quebec's vocational training centers. Éducation internationale is mandated and financially supported by the Ministère de l'Éducation du Québec to coordinate the international activities of Quebec's school service centers and school boards.
 
Are there any registration fees?
The application fee is $100 for French students, $100 + taxes for Canadian students and $300 for all other international students.
 
What programs are available to international students?
All the programs that appear on our website are open to international students. There are more than 100 of them and they are grouped in 18 sectors of activity. You can find them on the page Vocational trainings or by using the Search Engine of our website.
 
How much does a training program cost?
For students of French nationality:
By virtue of an agreement signed between France and Quebec, French nationals are exempt from paying tuition fees for professional training. However, they must pay the related fees for the training. These fees vary depending on the program and the vocational training center chosen. They correspond to administrative costs and school materials. To find out the cost of a course, use the Search Engine on our website. You will need to select your nationality first before choosing a course.
For students who are not of French nationality:
Tuition fees vary depending on the program and the vocational training center you choose. To find out the cost of a course, use the Search Engine on our website. You will need to select your nationality first before choosing a program.
 
What budget should I plan for?
The budget you need to plan for your project depends on several factors, including your choice of program (fees vary depending on the program and the center you choose), your family status (the budget required will not be the same if you come alone or if you come with someone), your needs, etc. In order to prepare your finances for the realization of your study project, we invite you to consult the page Planning a budget.
 
Are there any scholarships, grants or financial aid available?
International students (other than French nationals):
  • Excellence and Tuition Waiver Scholarship Program. The competition is held once a year. Applications are generally open from June to August.
For more information, please visit the Merit scholarships page.
Students of French nationality:
  • OFQJ scholarship program
  • Financial assistance by LADOM for students of Guadeloupe
To learn more, visit the Scholarships and Financial Assistance page.
 
Can I work during and after my studies?
Your study permit will allow you to work part-time during your training up to 20 hours/week, full-time during scheduled school breaks. You will also be able to work full-time after your training once you have obtained your post-graduation work permit.
Please note: you can only start working after you have started your studies. For more information, go to the page Work off campus as an international student.
 
Will I be able to find a job after I graduate?
The job placement rate for vocational training graduates is currently very good. This rate can vary from 70% to 100% depending on the training chosen.
 
Do you have an office/contact in my country ?
Our staff is located in Quebec and in France.
 
However, it is possible to meet us :
  • During exhibitions which take place in different countries throughout the year. We invite you to stay tuned for our travels by subscribing to our Facebook page.
  • You can also participate in our (information sessions. You will be able to ask your questions directly to our consultants. To register, visit the Meet us page of our website.
  • If you are in Québec, you can come and meet us at our office, in Québec, by taking an appointment by emailing the following address: [email protected]
  • You can also contact our consultants by email at [email protected]

Insurance

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Is health insurance mandatory?
Yes, it is mandatory upon arrival in Canada.
 
Is liability insurance mandatory?
No, it is not mandatory, but is recommended.
 
How can I get insurance?
To obtain private insurance, you must contact an insurance company and request a quote.
 
How much does private health insurance cost?
Fees vary from company to company and according to your needs. You should expect to pay about $60 per month for comprehensive health insurance.
 
Is there private family insurance coverage?
Yes, there is family insurance coverage.
 
What is the RAMQ?
The RAMQ is the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec. It is responsible for managing the health insurance plan and the public drug insurance plan in Quebec.
 
What does the RAMQ cover?
The RAMQ covers medical care, hospitalization and administers the public drug insurance plan in Quebec.
 
How and when should I apply for health insurance (RAMQ)?
French citizens affiliated with the French security system can be covered free of charge by the RAMQ and obtain the carte soleil (equivalent to the carte vitale). Québec métiers d'avenir will tell you what you need to do to get it.
 

Scholarships and Financial Aid

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What scholarships and aid programs are available?
 
International students (other than French nationals):
  • Excellence and Tuition Waiver Scholarship Program. The competition is held once a year. Applications are generally open from June to August.
For more information, visit the Merit scholarships page.
 
Students of French nationality :
  • OFQJ scholarship program
  • Financial aid by LADOM for student of Guadeloupe.
For more information, visit our Scholarships and Financial Assistance page.

Budget

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What budget should I plan for?
The budget you need to set aside for your project depends on several factors, notably your choice of training (costs vary according to the training program and the center chosen), your family status (the budget required will not be the same if you come alone or if you come with someone), your needs, etc. In order to prepare your finances for the realization of your study project, we invite you to consult the page Planning a budget.
 
How much does a training program cost?
For students of French nationality:
  • By virtue of an agreement signed between France and Quebec, French nationals are exempt from paying tuition fees for professional training. However, they must pay the related fees for the training. These fees vary depending on the program and the vocational training center chosen. They correspond to administrative costs and school materials. To find out the cost of a course, use the Search Engine on our website. You will need to select your nationality first before choosing a course.
For students who are not of French nationality:
  • Tuition fees vary depending on the course and the vocational training center you choose. To find out the cost of a course, use the Search Engine on our website. You will need to select your nationality first before choosing a course.
 
How to prove financial capacity?
At the time of application, you must be able to prove your financial capacity to carry out your study project. You will need to demonstrate, through documentation, that you have sufficient financial resources to cover the following costs:
Tuition fees: the amount needed to cover tuition fees can be proven by savings or any other amount now available from you and/or a financial guarantor.
  • Bank statements including balance (last 3 months)
  • Letter from the bank attesting to assets
Living and other expenses: the amount needed to cover these expenses can be proven by savings available now and/or money received each month during the training by you and/or a financial guarantor.
  • Bank statements including balance (last 3 months)
  • Letter from the bank attesting to the assets
  • Statements showing that you or your guarantor will receive a recurring income during your training (e.g.: rental income, pension, etc.)
  • Statements of the employment income of a guarantor
For more information on financial capability, see the table on the Begin your study project in Quebec page.
 
Can I have a guarantor to help me financially in my studies?
Yes. You can have up to 2 guarantors, maximum. Your guarantor may not be related to you, but in this case, he or she must write a letter explaining his or her motivation to support you financially in your studies. He or she must also provide details of the financial assistance provided.
 
I have family in Quebec. Can I be sponsored?
Yes, as long as the person sponsoring you is at least 18 years old and is a Canadian citizen OR a person registered in Canada as an Indian under the Indian Act OR a permanent resident of Canada.

School Calendar

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How many semesters are there in a school year?
Unlike other levels of education (e.g. university), the notion of semesters does not exist in vocational training.
What are the scheduled vacations?
School vacations vary from one training center to another. Generally speaking, a few weeks off are scheduled during the holiday season (end of December, beginning of January), and during the summer. Some training centers also have weeks off in March.

Financial Capacity

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What is financial capacity ?
At the time of registration, you must be able to prove your financial capacity to carry out your studies. You must demonstrate with documents that you and/or your guarantor have sufficient financial resources to cover tuition, living expenses and other costs.
 
How do you prove financial capacity?
Tuition fees: The amount needed to cover tuition fees can be proven by savings or any other money available now from you and/or a financial guarantor.
  • Bank statements including balance (last 3 months)
  • Letter from the bank attesting to assets
Living and other expenses: the amount needed to cover these expenses can be proven by savings available now and/or money received each month during the training by you and/or a financial guarantor.
  • Bank statements including balance (last 3 months)
  • Letter from the bank attesting to the assets
  • Statements showing that you or your guarantor will receive recurring income during your training (e.g.: rental income, pension, etc.)
  • Statements of employment income of a guarantor
For more information on financial capacity, consult the table on the page Begin your study project in Quebec.
 
I have a line of credit. Can I use it as proof of financial capacity?
Available credit can be considered if it can be used immediately.
 
What proof is not admissible?
  • Student employment: the anticipation of student employment in Quebec is not considered as proof of financial capacity.
  • Real estate: titles to land, buildings or vehicles are not considered proof of financial capacity. However, they may be useful during your immigration process.
  • Business income: Financial statements or business income are not considered. Only personal income is considered.
 
Can I have more than one guarantor to help me financially in my studies?
Yes. You can have up to 2 guarantors, maximum.
 
Does my guarantor have to be a family member?
Your guarantor may not have any family ties to you, but in this case, he or she must write a letter explaining his or her motivation to support you financially in your studies. He or she must also provide details of the financial assistance provided.
 

Vocational Training Centers

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Where are the vocational training centers located?
The vocational training centers are located throughout Quebec. Consult the Map on our website to find out where the different centers are located.
 
Which centers do you work with?
We work with over 90 vocational training centers. These centers are part of the Quebec public school network and are attached to the School service centers and School boards.
 
Do all the centers offer the same quality of training?
Yes, all training courses must offer the same content to students, regardless of the center in which they are given. In addition, all training centers have ultramodern infrastructures and state-of-the-art equipment to promote and optimize learning.
 
What are the Hospitality services offered by the training centers?
Hospitality services vary from one training center to another.
The services that may be offered by the different centers are:
  • Integration into the living environment;
  • Reception upon arrival;
  • School integration;
  • Integration for the family;
  • General information and administrative follow-up;
  • Accompaniment for housing.
To find out about the services offered by the training centers, visit the Vocational Training Centers page of our website.
 
Can I contact my training center ?
Yes, once your admission has been validated, you will be able to communicate with the center for any question related to your studies.

Spouse or Partner

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Can my spouse or partner accompany me?
Yes. If you obtain a study permit for more than 6 months, your spouse may accompany you.
Your family members who wish to accompany you to Canada must obtain the necessary authorizations.
 
What does my accompanying person do when I finish my studies and the permits expire?
He or she may be eligible for some type of work permit, find out by visiting the page Find out if you need a work permit.
 
How do we prove that we are common-law partners?
You will need to show that you have lived together for at least 12 months and complete a declaration to that effect. For more information, visit the Assessing a common-law relationship page.
 

Biometric Data

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What is the purpose of biometric data?
Biometric data is unique to each individual. Canadian visa officers use this data to confirm your identity and facilitate your entry into Canada.
 
Who must provide biometric data?
Anyone between the ages of 14 and 79 who wishes to come to Canada. For more information, visit the Facts about biometrics page.
 
When do we have to provide our biometric data ?
When you submit your application for a study permit, a letter explaining the procedure for providing your biometric data will normally be sent to you within 48 hours.
To learn more about biometrics, please visit the How to give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics) page.
 
How much does the biometric collection service cost?
  • For an individual, the fee is $85.
  • For family members applying at the same time, the maximum family fee is $170.
 
How long are the biometrics valid for?
The biometric result is valid for a period of 10 years.
For more information, visit the Facts about biometrics page.

Children

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Can my children come to study in Quebec while I am studying?
Your children who are between 6 and 17 years old at the time of their arrival can study at the primary or secondary level while you are studying. However, they will have to obtain their own immigration documents.
To learn more about this, please consult the page Documents to submit for children under the age of 17.
 
What is the compulsory school age in Quebec?
Schooling is compulsory for all children between the ages of 6 and 16. For more information, consult the Quebec government's Going to School Is Mandatory page.
 
What is the age of majority in Quebec?
The age of majority in Quebec is 18.
 
How do I register my children in school?
You will be able to register your children at the local school where you live in Quebec. The QMA mobility agent assigned to you will be able to tell you more about this when the time comes.
 
Are there any tuition fees for my children?
Public school is free in Quebec, from preschool to high school. There are no tuition fees to attend kindergarten, elementary and high school.
 
What is the best region to settle down with my family?
It depends on your needs and preferences. Since each region has its own particularities and attractions, you will need to determine the criteria that are most important to you and your family in order to make your choice.

Medical Examination

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Is a medical examination mandatory?
You will be required to undergo a medical examination if any of the following situations apply to you:
  • You have lived in one or more of the countries or territories listed on the IRCC website for at least 6 consecutive months in the past year;
  • You are coming to study in a health-related field;
  • You wish to work in the health field or with children.
 
Where and when do I take my medical examination?
You can have a pre-examination at the time of your immigration application or have a medical examination after you submit your immigration application. In either case, you will need to make an appointment with an IRCC designated physician. For more information, please see the Medical exams for visitors, students and workers page of the Government of Canada.
 
Do my family members have to undergo a medical examination?
Your family members will be required to undergo a medical examination if any of the following situations apply:
  • They have lived in one or more of the countries or territories listed on the IRCC website for at least 6 consecutive months in the past year;
  • Your spouse wishes to work in the health field, or in another field where he or she will be in close contact with children or the elderly.

Training programs

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What programs are available to international students?
All the programs that appear on our website are open to international students. There are more than 100 of them and they are grouped in 18 sectors of activity. You can find them on the page Vocational trainings or by using the Search Engine of our website.
 
How much does a training program cost?
For students of French nationality:
  • EBy virtue of an agreement signed between France and Quebec, French nationals are exempt from paying tuition fees for professional training. However, they must pay the related fees for the training. These fees vary depending on the program and the vocational training center chosen. They correspond to administrative costs and school materials. To find out the cost of a course, use the Search Engine on our website. You will need to select your nationality first before choosing a course.
For students who are not of French nationality:
  • Tuition fees vary depending on the course and the vocational training center you choose. To find out the cost of a course, use the Search Engine on our website. You will need to select your nationality first before choosing a course.
 
How long does a program last?
The duration varies between 9 months and 2 years, depending on the training program chosen. Visit the Vocational trainings page of our website to learn more.
 
When do classes start?
The start dates vary from one program to another and from one center to another. Many programs are offered in the fall and winter, while others are offered on a continuous basis. Visit the Vocational trainings page of our website dedicated to the training you are interested in to find out the possible start dates.
 
What diploma do I obtain at the end of the program?
The proposed training programs lead to a Diploma of Vocational Studies (DVS) issued by the Quebec Ministry of Education. Some DVSs also offer the possibility of specializing by completing additional training leading to an Attestation of Vocational Specialization (AVS).
 
What vocational training programs are eligible for the PEQ?
  • Training leading to a Diploma of Vocational Studies (DVS) with a duration of 1,800 hours or more;
  • Training leading to a Diploma of Vocational Studies (DVS) followed by an Attestation of Vocational Specialization (AVS), which must have a minimum of 1,800 hours of continuing education and training in a given trade.
Please note : the AVS must be a specialization related to the DVS completed.
For more information, we invite you to consult the PEQ – Québec experience program page.
 
What types of classes are offered (individualized, cohort, online)?
Magisterial :
  • Teacher delivers the course in a traditional manner.
  • The group follows the same rhythm
  • All students take exams at the same time
Individualized:
  • Each student has his or her own pace
  • Variable entry and exit
  • With the help of pedagogical tools
  • Requires more autonomy and rigor (self-study)
  • Teacher available to answer individual questions
 
Are there classes offered in the evening?
Some courses may be offered during the day or evening. To find out more, consult the description of the training in question.
 
Are there any programs offered in a Work-Study formula?
Work-study is an educational formula adapted to the changing needs of the job market. In WES, learning a trade or profession integrates, in a structured manner, classroom and in-company training. Minimum of 20% (2 internships) in the workplace
  • Paid internship $ in the workplace
  • Schedule varies depending on the CFP and the company
Please note that even if you are enrolled in an ATE program, you can also hold a job on or off campus.
 
Why do vocational training in Quebec?
Vocational training in Quebec is recognized worldwide for the quality of its programs and its innovative teaching methods. In addition, Quebec's training centers are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment. You will also have the opportunity to work during and after your training in Canada. You will also have access to good working conditions and a well-paid job.
 
What are the advantages for the French ?
By virtue of an agreement signed between France and Quebec, French students are exempt from paying tuition fees for professional training. In addition, students of French nationality who are affiliated with the French social security system can be covered free of charge by the RAMQ and obtain a health insurance card (equivalent to the Carte Vitale).
 
Who is the vocational training for?
There is no typical profile to get started! Vocational training is open to young people who are continuing their high school education, as well as adults who are changing careers, unemployed people who want to work quickly, or people who are looking for an additional skill.
 
What programs are available to international students ?
All the programs that appear on our website are open to international students. There are more than 100 of them and they are grouped in 18 sectors of activity. You can find them on the page Vocational trainings or by using the Search Engine of our website.
 
Can I change my training program once I am here?
Yes, it is possible to change your course of study, even if you have already arrived in Quebec. However, when making your change, you will have to take into account various factors: available places, possible dates of entry, status in Quebec in the meantime, etc. You must then re-evaluate the situation. You will have to re-evaluate the situation.
 
Why are some programs not offered in all regions?
Although Québec métiers d'avenir offers training in all regions of Québec, some training is only offered in a few regions. This is due to the specific needs of each region.
 
I've already contacted a training center that offers the training I want, but you don't offer it.
You can choose the training and the center you want. However, if you choose to register in a center that is not represented by QMA (that does not appear on our website), we will not be able to accompany you in your study project.
 

Tuition fees

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What are tuition fees?
    • Tuition fees include tuition fees, as well as related fees (administration fees and school supplies).
    • French students are exempt from paying tuition fees for professional training under an agreement signed between France and Quebec. However, French students must pay the corresponding fees for their training.
    • For students who are not French citizens, tuition and related fees vary according to the program and the vocational training center chosen. To find out the tuition fees for a course, use the Search Engine on our website, making sure to select your nationality before launching the search.
 
When and to whom should tuition fees be paid?
Some vocational training centers charge tuition fees to international students themselves. If this is the case for you, this information will appear on your admission letter. An invoice will be sent to you by the training center and must be paid in accordance with their payment policy.
If Québec métiers d'avenir is responsible for billing the training center for tuition fees, you will receive an invoice in the months before your program begins.
  • A first payment representing 50% of the program tuition must be paid no later than 21 days before the start of classes. A second payment of 50% is due no later than one-third (1/3) of the program.
  • 100% of the total program fee must be paid no later than 21 days prior to the start of the program.
 
What payment methods are accepted?
Tuition fees must be paid by bank transfer, via Flywire. The procedure for making the transfer will be sent to you with the detailed tuition invoice.
 
Can I pay in installments?
  • If the invoice is issued by the training center, you may be able to pay in installments. However, some training centers require full payment before the start of the program. This will depend on the center you choose.
  • If Québec métiers d'avenir is invoicing the tuition fees, it will be possible to pay in two instalments, in accordance with our politique de paiement : a first payment representing 50% of the tuition fees must be paid no later than 21 days before the start of the program, and a second payment of 50% must be paid no later than one third of the program, AND 100% of the related fees and health insurance (if applicable) for the total duration of the program must be paid no later than 21 days before the start of the course. All payments must be made by bank transfer.
 
What happens if I do not get my study permit?
In the event that your application for a study permit is denied by the Canadian government, you will receive a refund of your tuition fees minus the bank transfer fee, if applicable.
 
What is your refund and cancellation policy?
The refund policy varies depending on the situation and the reason for the refund request. For more information, please see our politique de paiement et de remboursement.

Immigration

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Do you do the immigration procedures for us?
No. However, even if your escort agent does not do the immigration procedures for you, he or she will still be available to answer your questions. The escort agent will provide you with all the information you need to submit your CAQ and study permit application.
We will also offer you an information session to help you understand the immigration process.
If needed, you will also have the opportunity to consult with a regulated international student immigration counsellor or an immigration lawyer at no charge.
 
Can I apply from within Canada?
Yes. You do not need to be outside of Canada or in your home country to apply.
 
Who can help me with my immigration procedures?
If you would like additional assistance with your immigration application, you may contact a regulated immigration counsellor or an immigration lawyer.
 
I already have a Certificate of Acceptance from Quebec (CAQ) and/or a Study Permit to study at a university or CEGEP and I would like to change to vocational training. Is this possible?
Yes, this is entirely possible. If you wish to receive personalized support, we invite you to register for our services. Our team will be able to guide you in your new study project and explain the steps to take.
 
I already have a study permit/work permit. Can I study in a vocational training program?
Yes, this is entirely possible. If you wish to receive personalized support, we invite you to register for our services. Our team will be able to guide you in your new study project and explain the steps to take.
 
What is an ETA?
The ETA s an electronic travel authorization. This document is an entry requirement for persons from a visa-exempt country who are flying to or through Canada. To check if you need a visa, visit the Government of Canada website.
 
Which of my family members can accompany me to Canada while I study?
Your family members who have been processed as dependents on your application and who have obtained their immigration documents may accompany you to Canada. This includes:
    • Your spouse or common-law partner;
    • Your dependent children, your spouse's or common-law partner's dependent children, your dependent children's dependent children.

Registration

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What are the steps to follow to apply?
First, check if you meet the Admission requirements. Then, choose among all the programs offered the one that suits you best. Then, you can begin your registration by creating your account directly on our website.
To learn more about the steps to follow, visit our How to register page.
 
What are the admission requirements?
To be admitted to a vocational training program, you must meet four admission criteria:
  • Age: be 17 years old when you arrive in Quebec;
  • Language: have the required language level for the program you are interested in;
  • Academic level: have the academic level required to enter the program you have chosen;
  • Financial capacity: be able to provide proof that you have the financial capacity to pay the tuition fees and to support yourself and your accompanying persons, if applicable. For more information, visit our Admission requirements page.
 
How long does it take to complete the procedures ?
There is no deadline to register, however it is important to note that it takes 8 to 10 months from the time students register to the time they arrive in Quebec to begin their professional training.
You can start your registration as soon as you have the required documents.
 
What documents are required to apply?
Valid passport
Official diploma from a recognized educational institution (highest level obtained) and transcripts related to that diploma OR, if you have not obtained a diploma, transcripts of the highest level obtained.
Official language test results (if applicable)
Documents proving your financial ability to cover:
  • Tuition - Bank statements including balance for the past 3 months, letter from bank verifying assets;
  • Living and other expenses - Bank statements including last 3 months' balance, letter from the bank attesting to assets, statements showing that you or your guarantor will receive recurring income during your training (e.g. rental income, pension, etc.), employment income statements of a guarantor.
 
Is there a registration fee?
The registration fee is $100 for French students, $100 + taxes for Canadian students, and $300 for all other international students.
 
Are the registration fees refundable?
No, once your application has been processed, the registration fees are not refundable.
 
Are the programs offered on your site open to all countries?
Yes, all the programs that appear on our website are open to international students. There are no restrictions.
 
Are language tests mandatory?
Yes. However, you may be exempted from providing an official French test result if any of the following situations apply to you:
  • You have completed your studies in French in France or Canada;
  • You have a university degree in which the language of instruction is French and the duration is at least 2 years;
  • You hold a French diploma issued by the French Ministry of Education.
 
What language tests are accepted?
  • French: TEF, TCF, TFI, DELF, TEFAQ or DALF
  • English: TOEFL iBT, IELTS
 
Is there an age limit to apply?
There is no age limit to register. However, you must be 17 years old when you arrive in Quebec in order to start your training.
 
Can I start the application process even if I don't have the full financial capacity yet?
You can start your registration with our services, however, your application cannot be processed until you have the required financial capacity. Indeed, we will not be able to apply for admission to a vocational training center for you if your financial capacity is incomplete.
We therefore advise you to wait until you have the required amount of money to register.
 
I completed my application but I haven't heard back?
This may take longer depending on the time of year and the number of applications received.
However, you should know that the entire team works hard to respond to you as quickly as possible.
 
How do I establish the equivalence between my diplomas and the Quebec school levels?
Simply send us copies of your diplomas so that we can evaluate them. If a more exhaustive evaluation is required, we will let you know and submit a form that will allow us to send it to a government resource for external evaluation.
 
What if I no longer have my diplomas or transcripts?
You will need to request them from the schools you attended.
 
What documents are required for the evaluation of my academic credentials?
You can send us a scanned copy of your original documents or certified copies of them. However, it is important to note that the original and non-digitized documents must also be presented to the vocational training center when you arrive in Quebec.

Housing

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Can I rent an apartment before I arrive?
Yes, it is sometimes possible to reserve an accommodation before your arrival. We advise you to check the terms and conditions with the owner or manager of the accommodation you are interested in. Temporary accommodations (such as Airbnb) can also be booked, so that you can then find a permanent home while you are already there.
 
When should I start looking for housing?
We recommend that you wait for your study permit to be approved before starting your housing search, to avoid non-refundable costs if the permit is denied.
 
How easy is it to find housing?
Finding housing can be more difficult in some cities than in others. It is generally more difficult to find housing for a family than for one or two people. You will need to budget quite a bit for family housing in some cities/regions. Also, it depends on the time of year. The most popular time to start renting (leases) is July, but it is also possible to find housing for rent all year round, although in smaller quantities.
 
Who can help me find housing?
The agent who will accompany you in your project will provide you with the necessary tools (links to search sites and/or community organization sites) to help you in your housing search. Note, however, that your agent will not do the housing search for you or with you.
Some training centers also offer a housing search assistance service. The centers that offer this service are identified on Our website by a house-shaped pictogram. Check if this service is offered by your center, and if so, contact it directly for more information. Indeed, the services offered can sometimes include visits of dwellings, accompaniment for the signature of the rental contract (lease) and accompaniment for the first purchases related to housing.
 
How much does an apartment cost?
Housing prices vary depending on many factors: geographic location (large city or region), number of rooms, type of housing (furnished, semi-furnished, unfurnished), etc.
As the cost of living increases, so does the budget for housing. Make sure you budget a good portion of your monthly budget for housing.
As an example, here is the average cost of a two-bedroom apartment in October 2022:
 
Gatineau (région métropolitaine)
1269$
Montréal (région métropolitaine)
1022$
Québec (région métropolitaine)
979$
Rimouski (région métropolitaine)
740$
Saguenay (région métropolitaine)
717$
Sherbrooke (région métropolitaine)
809$
Trois-Rivières (région métropolitaine)
717$
Sources : Société canadienne d'hypothèque et de logement (SCHL)
 
Is there a possibility to share an apartment?
Yes, it is possible to share an apartment. It is a way to save money that is quite common among students. There are ads for this on several housing rental sites (see ads that mention: room for rent or roommate wanted), but sometimes also on bulletin boards/posters directly in the training centers.
We also have the Facebook Community Québec métiers d'avenir for all those who have obtained a letter of admission in training with our services. This community can be used to network, but also to look for housing/roommates if desired.

Study permit

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When should I apply for my study permit?
You can begin the process of obtaining your study permit as soon as your CAQ application has been accepted. Your agent will be able to guide you through the process.
 
How much does the study permit cost?
The cost for the study permit is $150.
 
How long does it take to obtain the Study Permit?
The time it takes to obtain a Study Permit varies depending on where you live or where you come from.
On average, it takes between 9 and 25 weeks to obtain a Study Permit. Check processing times.
 
How do I apply?
You can apply for your study permit online at the Immigration Canada website (IRCC).
 
Can I apply in Canada?
Yes, if you are already here with a status that allows it, you can apply online.
 
Can I come to study without a permit?
Yes, if your training is less than 6 months or if you are coming to take a francization course. However, it is advisable to ask for your authorizations even if they are not mandatory since they could allow you to extend your residence permits more easily. For more information, consult the page Study Permits: Who can apply.

Intership/Co-op work permit

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Do I need a permit to do the mandatory internship?
Yes. You must obtain an internship work permit, which is required to complete your internships as part of your training. You will need to apply for this permit at the same time as you apply for your study permit. There is no fee for this work permit for internship.

Work permit for spouse/partner

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Can my spouse/partner have a work permit?
Since March 19, 2024, spouses of students enrolled in vocational training no longer have access to an open work permit. Other possible options exist for your spouse. We will be happy to discuss this with you when you register.
 

PEQ - Quebec experience program

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What vocational training programs are eligible for the PEQ?
  • Training leading to a Diploma of Vocational Studies (DVS) with a duration of 1,800 hours or more;
  • Training leading to a Diploma of Vocational Studies (DVS) followed by an Attestation of Vocational Specialization (AVS), which must have a minimum of 1,800 hours of continuing education and training in a given trade.
Please note : the AVS must be a specialization related to the DVS completed.
For more information, please consult the Quebec Experience Program page.

Post-graduation work permit (PGWP)

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Who may be eligible for a post-graduation work permit?
VYou may be eligible for a Post-Graduation Work Permit if you have successfully completed a program of study that is at least 900 hours in duration and you have studied full-time. For more details, please visit IRCC's Working in Canada after graduation: Who can apply page.
 
How do I apply for the PGWP?
You have up to 180 days after the completion of your training to apply for your post-graduation work permit. The application can be made from within Canada or from abroad. For more details, see IRCC's Working in Canada after Graduation: How to Apply page.

Permanent residence program

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What are the criteria for the Quebec Experience Program (PEQ)?
To be eligible, you must:
  • Hold an eligible Quebec diploma;
  • Be employed full-time at level 0, A, B or C according to the NOC at the time of application.
For more details on this subject, we invite you to consult the Selection Conditions page for the Quebec Graduates stream of the Quebec government website.
 
What vocational training programs are eligible for the PEQ?
  • Training leading to a Diploma of Vocational Studies (DVS) with a duration of 1,800 hours or more, except for the Administrative Assistant training ;
  • Training leading to a Diploma of Vocational Studies (DVS) followed by an Attestation of Vocational Specialization (AVS) with a minimum of 1,800 hours of continuing education leading to a given trade.
Please note : the AVS must be a specialization related to the DVS completed.
For more information, please consult the Québec Experience Program page.

WHP (Working holiday permit)

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I have a WHP. Can I plan to do a study project in Quebec ?
Yes, this is entirely possible. However, you should know that your WHP will not allow you to study for more than 6 months in Quebec. To carry out your project, you must apply for a study permit. Our team will be able to assist you in your project. To do so, we invite you to register to our service via the page Begin your study project in Quebec.

Technical problem

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I lost my password. What should I do?
We invite you to reset your password yourself by using the "Forgot your password?" tool that you can find under the red "Login" button on the mySpace login page of our website.
 
My access is blocked due to too many password errors. What should I do?
To unblock your access, we invite you to contact our technical team at [email protected].
 
An error message appears when I connect to my account. What should I do?
You can contact our technical support by explaining your problem at [email protected]
 
I can't continue after step 2 of the registration form. What should I do?
Please use this link to view all the sections you need to fill out to complete your registration: https://education-internationale.imiscloud.com/monquebecmetiersdavenir/InscriptionQMA/Reponse_inscription.aspx
 
I want to pay to take the online French test, but I can't find the payment link.
You will be able to register for the online French test when you register for professional training. You can also register with the agent who will accompany you.

Study region

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Can I choose my region of study?
Yes. The vocational training centers with which we collaborate are spread throughout the territory of Quebec. For more information, visit the Training Centers page of our website.
 
How can I get information on the regions?
If you wish to learn more about the regions of Quebec, visit the Quebec Regions page of our website. This page will allow you to discover the 17 regions that make up the province, their particularities and their attractions.

Québec métiers d'avenir services

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Why should I use the services of Québec métiers d'avenir?
Québec métiers d'avenir is a personalized accompaniment service created by Éducation internationale, the representative of Québec's vocational training centers. Éducation internationale is mandated and financially supported by the Ministère de l'Éducation du Québec to coordinate the international activities of Québec's school service centers and school boards.
 
What support services are offered?
The services offered to international students are numerous and varied. They include:
  • Advice in choosing a program and a region of study;
  • Complete validation of your admission file;
  • Liaison with the training center and obtaining your admission letter;
  • Support in your immigration process;
  • Preparation of your arrival (information on: finding housing, school, daycare, opening a bank account, budget planning, etc.)
  • Personalized follow-up throughout your training.
 
How much do our services cost?
There is no charge for the Québec métiers d'avenir support service. However, there is a fee for opening a file. This fee is $100 for French students, $100 + taxes for Canadian students and $300 for all other international students.
 
Do you help us find a job and accommodation?
The agent who will be in charge of your file will provide you with information to help you find housing and a job.
Please note that some training centers offer these services.
 
I would like to attend an information session. When are they held?
Our information sessions are held twice a month on Wednesdays. Sessions are held at 7:00 p.m. Paris time. To register for one of our sessions, visit our Meet Us page.
 

Day care services

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What are the recognized types of child care for preschoolers?
There are four types of recognized child care services:
  • Early Childhood Centers (ECC);
  • Subsidized child care centres;
  • Non-subsidized child care centres;
  • Family day care services.
For more information on the different types of services and their characteristics, visit the Quebec Ministry of the Family's web page dedicated to this subject.
 
What are the costs?
It costs $8.7/day for a space in a subsidized daycare center and $35-$60/day for a space in a non-subsidized daycare center.
Subsidized child care spaces are rare. It is therefore more realistic to consider a space in a non-subsidized daycare.
 
Can I register my child remotely?
It is possible to start the process before arriving in Quebec, either by registering your child on the waiting list of the daycare you are interested in and/or by contacting the daycare directly. However, it is possible that confirmation of registration will not be possible until after your arrival. The daycare can inform you of this.

Internships

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Is there an internship included in the training?
Most training programs include internships in companies. There are a few exceptions in the construction industry, for example.
 
Are internships paid?
Most internships are unpaid. However, it is not impossible to find a paid internship.
 
How long does an internship last?
The length of an internship varies from one program to another. It can range from 90 to 840 hours. Note that the duration of the internship is included in the total duration of the training.
 
How do you go about finding an internship? 
Students are responsible for finding their internship. However, the vocational training centers help students in their search.
 
Do I need a permit to do the internship?
Yes. A work permit for internships is required to complete your internship. This permit is free and the application is made at the same time as your application for a study permit.

Transport

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Is my driver's license valid in Quebec?
An international student who holds a driver's license in his or her country of origin may drive with this license during the entire duration of his or her studies and internships in Quebec, provided that the following requirements are met:
  • Have a valid study permit;
  • Hold a valid driver's licence issued by their home jurisdiction;
  • Respect the conditions specified on the driver's license;
  • Drive only a car, motorcycle or scooter.
 
Are there public transportation services in all cities?
Larger cities (over 50,000 inhabitants) have public transportation: metro and/or bus. Smaller cities generally do not have public transportation, but may offer alternatives, such as shuttles/taxis.
 
Do you work with airlines?
Our service has a partnership with Air Canada for flights between France and Canada. They offer you a preferential rate, as well as other advantages, such as additional luggage at no charge. .

Work

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Will I be allowed to work in Canada during my studies?
Your study permit will allow you to work part-time for up to 20 hours per week during your studies and full-time during scheduled school breaks.
To work, you will also need a Social Insurance Number (SIN). This will allow you to work, but also to receive benefits and services from government programs. You can apply online or in person after you arrive in Canada. For information on applying for a Social Insurance Number (SIN), visit Employment and Development Canada's Social Insurance Number page.
Please note: you can only start working after you have started your full-time training. For more information, visit the Working Off-Campus as an International Student page.
 
Will I be able to work in Canada after my studies?
You will be able to work in Canada after your studies if you have a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP). To be eligible for a PGWP, you must have successfully completed a program of study that is at least 8 months and 900 hours in length and you must have studied full-time. For more details, please visit IRCC's Working in Canada after graduation: Who can apply page.
 
Will my spouse/partner be able to work during and after my studies?
Since March 19, 2024, spouses of students enrolled in vocational training no longer have access to an open work permit. Other possible options exist for your spouse. We will be happy to discuss this with you when you register.
 
Are there any jobs reserved for international students?
There are no reserved jobs for international students. You have access to all jobs available on the job market and will need to do your job search independently. Several job search sites will be listed in your Québec métiers d'avenir online space once you have registered for our services and have an official letter of admission in hand.
 
How to find a job in Quebec?
There are a variety of job search sites in Quebec. Some focus on specific occupations, others are for all types of jobs. With the current labour shortage in Quebec and Canada, it is quite easy to find a job. Several job search sites will be listed in your Québec métiers d'avenir online space once you have registered for our services and have an official letter of admission in hand.
 
Do we have help finding a job after our studies?
Many vocational training centers have the resources to help you find a job after your training.
 
Will I be able to find a job after I graduate?
The job placement rate for vocational training graduates is currently very good. This rate can vary from 70% to 100% depending on the program chosen. Due to the labour shortage, some students are hired as soon as they graduate or sometimes even before they finish their studies.
The majority of vocational training leads to occupations that are in high demand. To obtain information on the job prospects for the various training programs, visit the following sites : Québec Emploi / Trades and occupations / Job Bank
 
Do I have to file a tax declaration?
Yes, you will need to determine your tax obligations by filing a tax return. Normally, a tax return must be filed at the beginning of each new year (between January and April). For more information, visit the Tax for International Students Studying in Canada page
If you came with your family and paid childcare fees for a young child, you can claim a refund of part of the childcare fees paid on your tax return.
It will also be your responsibility to verify your tax obligations to your country of origin.
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