Sign up for our newsletter and get a curated list of the top trending stories and exclusive rewards every day.

Trending Topics

Get the MTL Blog app

Download on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

Quebec Will Slash Tuition For Some Int'l Students Who Study Outside The Montreal Area

Students have to be enrolled full-time, in French, in select programs.

Senior Editor
Quebec Labour Minister Jean Boulet at a press conference.

Quebec Labour Minister Jean Boulet at a press conference.

Some international students in Quebec are going to get a tuition discount. The province is extending the college and university tuition rate for residents to foreign students attending schools outside the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM), the group of 82 municipalities including and surrounding the metropolis.

To be eligible, international students have to be enrolled full-time, in French, in a program designated by the government as a priority for the province's labour force. The idea is that the programs would feed in-demand sectors including health and social services, education, early childhood education and care, engineering, and information technology.

While an international student would regularly pay $24,000 a year in tuition to attend a Quebec university, under this program, eligible students would only pay $3,000 a year, the government said.

They'd pay nothing to attend a Quebec college in qualifying regions.

In a press release, the provincial Ministry of Labour said the tuition reduction program aims to both fill a labour need and encourage immigration to the less urban regions. The "vast majority" of immigrants to Quebec, it said, settle in the Montreal area.

Labour Minister Jean Boulet called the move a "winning strategy to promote the learning of French and, consequently, to ensure a lasting integration into the values of our society."

The reduced tuition will come into effect in the fall of 2023.

Quebec has been trying to incentivize students to enter fields with acute labour needs. In January, it designated 233 relevant programs in which students would be eligible for special scholarships ranging from $9,000 to $20,000.

More from MTL Blog

Comments 💬

Our comment section is a place to promote self-expression, freedom of speech and positivity. We encourage discussion and debate, but our pages must remain a safe space where everyone feels comfortable and the environment is respectful.

In order to make this possible, we monitor comments to keep spam, hate speech, violence, and vulgarity off our pages. Comments are moderated according to our Community Guidelines.

Please note that Narcity Media does not endorse the opinions expressed in the comment section of an article. Narcity Media has the right to remove comments, ban or suspend any user without notice, or close a story’s comment section at any time.

First and last names will appear with each comment and the use of pseudonyms is prohibited. By commenting, you acknowledge that Narcity Media has the right to use & distribute your content across our properties.

Loading...