Yes, we know, winter is pretty much the worst, especially these days what with the ice storm revival going on. But winter can be fun (in moderation of course) provided there are fun activities to distract you from it and it's not getting in the way of, you know, your daily functions.
As we live in what is known as an arctic climate, we shouldn't be too surprised when temperatures drop, the snow piles on, and we basically go into deep-freeze mode for what seems like an eternity. There's no denying that winter is literally the bane of every Montrealers existence, but embracing it can actually be rather invigorating when enjoyed outside of the city, and here are a few places to do it.
The government is in the process of filling a Service Canada job bank and it's advertising salaries of between $61,152 and $65,887.
On an online recruitment page, the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) office says it needs to fill 45 benefits officer and program officer positions in Quebec and encourages qualified individuals to apply.
The only education requirement is a high school diploma.
While benefits officers review and process employment insurance applications, the government describes a wide range of duties for program officers, including coordination with local stakeholders regarding services from the ESDC.
Service Canada says it has EI processing centres and "program branches" in Montreal, Laval, Boucherville, Drummondville, Thetford Mines, Shawinigan, Quebec City and Saguenay, but that it may assign alternative workplaces to applicants who don't live in these areas.
In addition to a high school diploma, Service Canada is looking for applicants who have experience totalling six months "in delivering services or programs to the general public" or "interpreting and applying legislation or policies."
The language requirement is either French-only or French and English, depending on the position, according to the recruitment page.
Complete details about the positions available and the application process are online.
Maclean's ranked universities in Canada by reputation and several schools in Quebec placed among the top in the country.
While Montreal was shut out of the top three, McGill claimed fourth place. The Université de Montréal was also in the top 10, at number eight.
Overall, across categories such as perceived quality and innovativeness, the top universities in the country by reputation were, in order: the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia and Waterloo University, according to Maclean's.
The other Quebec universities that made the ranking were the Université Laval in Quebec City (12), Concordia (16), the Université de Sherbrooke (19), UQAM (26) and Bishop's University (38).
Maclean's surveys faculty, administrators and business leaders to compile its university reputation ranking.
The Fairmont Tremblant is #9 on the list, based on readers' ratings, with a score of 90.92.
It's one spot behind the Four Seasons Resort and Residences in Whistler and one spot above the Fairmont Banff Springs.
The Fairmont Tremblant is a luxury ski-in ski-out hotel that's "perfectly located at the foot of the majestic Tremblant peaks," according to its website.
It offers a wide range of activities, including access to biking and hiking in the surrounding Laurentian Mountains in the warmer months and — of course — skiing in the winter months. There's also a spa, fitness centre and aquatic centre.
Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your trip.
To the surprise of many, Quebec City also made the Top 10 — and it ranked higher than Montreal, with Quebec City at #4 and Montreal at #6.
This ranking looked at the cost of living, internet speeds, the percentage of young people, levels of safety, and more.
Our province may have been blessed enough to score two top spots in this ranking, but we still didn't make it to #1, which was Tokyo, Japan.
If ever you were thinking of going to study abroad, you may want to put Tokyo high on your list, considering it "ranks well in nearly all categories helping it to come out on top of the study. It has a good amount of high-ranking unis, great food options, and offers cheap tech. It has high levels of free speech and is above average for safety and high-ranking institutions."