Why and where to Learn French?
A good understanding of the French language is more than an asset: it’s a requirement for successfully integrating and finding fulfilling work in Greater Montréal.
To become a permanent resident of Québec through the Programme de l’expérience québécoise (PEQ – Québec Experience Program) offered by the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion (MIDI) of Québec, you must demonstrate an advanced intermediate level knowledge of spoken French.
Proof of this ability and compliance with the other program's conditions will allow you to obtain a Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ – Québec Selection Certificate), a prerequisite for permanent residency in Canada. It is also possible to obtain a CSQ through the Skilled temporary foreign worker program (PRTQ) offered by the MIDI, for which French is an important factor in the selection process. However, the timeframe to obtain a CSQ is longer through the PRTQ than through the PEQ.
To become a member of a professional order, you must demonstrate an appropriate knowledge of French to practice your profession. In some cases, professional orders direct their candidates to the Service de l’évaluation du français des ordres professionnels from the Office québécois de la langue française to pass a French exam.
The sooner you start to learn or improve your knowledge of French, the better your chances of success are! Here are some resources to help you.