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There were at least 11 residential schools in Quebec. 

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On June 15, the federal Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, Mélanie Joly, introduced Bill C-32 — an act that would overhaul Canada's existing Official Languages Act to equalize French and English in Canada.

If passed, the new bill would defend the rights of francophone minorities in other Canadian provinces, as well as those of the "English-speaking minority" in Quebec.

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Canada's 2021 budget included investing $4.1 billion into financial assistance for college and university students. Namely, Canada announced it would waive interest on all federal student loans until March 31, 2023, and double student grants for two more years.

However, Quebec is the only Canadian province that doesn't participate in federal student grant and loan programs — so where does that leave Quebec students? MTL Blog asked the province's Ministry of Education what financial support it's offering to Quebec students navigating the pandemic

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The government has unveiled its 2021 budget and there's good news for workers in federally-regulated industries.

As part of the budget presentation, the government has announced its intention to raise Canada's federal minimum wage to $15 per hour.

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Doing taxes can be overwhelming, especially since each province and territory has its own system. What most Canadians want to know is how to pay less income tax — and that means taking advantage of tax credits in Canada and Quebec

Put simply, tax credits allow you to "write off" expenses, deducting money from the amount you owe or adding to the amount you get back from the government. Non-refundable credits help with the former and refundable credits help with the latter, FYI.

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Tax jargon got you down? Revenu Québec has a tip that could help you declare CERB and other COVID-19 benefits when you do your taxes this year, especially if you do them manually.

If you received the federal government's COVID-19 benefits for 2020, you might be wondering whether you have to pay them back, as well as what you need to declare on your income tax in Quebec.  

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It's February! Meaning that if you're a Quebec resident in Canada, tax season 2021 is right around the corner. Why not get a head start during the province's lockdown and curfew period? It's not like you have anything better to do.

MTL Blog spoke with H&R Block Senior Tax Specialist Josée Cabral to get the 411 on doing your taxes as a Quebecer. Remember that you're always doing taxes for the previous year so the taxes you do in 2021 will cover your 2020 — as much as we wish we could pretend 2020 never happened. 

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In a press conference on Thursday, Premier Legault reiterated his call for the federal government to ban non-essential international travel but also suggested an alternative: a mandatory two-week quarantine in a hotel for all travellers returning to Quebec from outside the country.

This quarantine, Legault said, would be supervised and paid for by the travellers, themselves.

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As we approach the one-year anniversary of health restrictions in Canada and many people continue to limit their physical contact with others, it's worth revisiting the federal and provincial governments' rules and advice for sex during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Governments began issuing COVID-19 sexual health recommendations in the spring but have continued to update them.

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Quebec Premier François Legault is calling on Canada's federal government to ban all nonessential international flights, he said in a press conference on January 19.  

The premier said he has already been in private talks with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Canadian government about banning international flights, but "now the time has come to act." 

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As the pandemic continues to intensify in Canada and new restrictions come into effect, we've put together this outline of the current travel rules that apply in Quebec, both federal and provincial.

Travel has dominated headlines in recent days as government ministers face consequences for vacationing abroad while authorities continue to discourage non-essential travel.

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The Council of the Federation announced today that Canada's premiers are planning to ask Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for 13% more money to put toward health care in a meeting that will take place in early December.  

"We are unanimous: the federal government needs to increase its federal health transfers to 35% or $28 billion more," Quebec Premier François Legault posted on Facebook on November 13.

"If we want to be able to continue delivering quality health services to all our citizens, the federal government must finally do its fair share."

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