• French tests are temporarily suspended for health care professionals in Quebec, a spokesperson for the OQLF confirmed to MTL Blog.
  • The measure applies to all 46 professional orders, as well.
  • The Office has also renewed permits that were set to expire.

According to the Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF), doctors and nurses in Quebec that are enlisting to fight against the pandemic don't have to take a French exam. OQLF spokesperson Chantal Bouchard told MTL Blog that "this is an exceptional and temporary measure in the context of a health emergency." It also applies to all 46 professional orders.

According to the CBC, which first reported the news, each order has a certain French-language requirement.

"Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and in order to respect the preventive measures put in place by the government, the Office suspended the French examinations for candidates," Bouchard explained. 

The OQLF has also authorized all temporary work permit renewals "to allow health network professionals whose temporary permits have expired to continue to practice and provide care to the population during a health emergency."

"These measures also allow members of other professional bodies who may be working in essential services, for example, to continue to work without restrictions until [the] examinations are again available."

 

The temporary suspension of testing and the renewal of permits removes a step in the qualifying process as the need for some workers becomes severe.

Quebec is missing some 9,500 doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals in its workforce, according to the Premier.

On Wednesday, he requested 1,000 Canadian army soldiers to help out at CHSLDs and senior residences. 

Seniors over 60 make up 97% of the deaths in the province, the Premier said Thursday

Of the 109 deaths reported between Wednesday and Thursday, 97 came from senior residences.


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On Friday, Legault outlined a dire situation, asking the public, even those without relevant credentials, to help during the crisis.  

The OQLF's measures are temporary, but no resumption date is yet established. 

"The Office's French examinations will be resumed as soon as the situation permits and candidates will be called as soon as possible to take the Office's French examination," said Bouchard. 

Stay tuned for more news.

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