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Moving abroad requires a lot of courage and some time to adjust. Not only do you have to start from scratch in a new environment, you must also get used to the laws in your host country, even if they don't make any sense to you.

Quebec has some legislation that perplexed me when I moved to Montreal. Here are eight laws in Quebec that are super weird for expats:

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International students in Montreal who are eligible for off-campus employment won't have to limit the number of hours they work as of November 15. The federal government has announced it is temporarily lifting the 20-hour-per-week work cap for post-secondary students during the school year. The rule change will remain in effect through December 31, 2023.

"With the economy growing at a faster rate than employers can hire new workers, Canada needs to look at every option so that we have the skills and workforce needed to fuel our growth," Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Sean Fraser said on Friday.

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Alright, friends, it's time for a little personal story. When I was super young, we moved in with my grandparents; before that, my grandparents watched me while my parents were at work. They picked me up from school, or waited for me at the bus stop - and even before I was old enough to do the whole school thing, they'd take me shopping and put up with baby me and my tantrums. So I really did grow up with my grandparents.

My grandparents are, of course, Italians who immigrated to Montreal in the 1960s from Sicily. By the time I came around, they'd already been Montrealers for a few decades, but - like the vast majority of Italian immigrants in Montreal that I've met - they never lost their sense of tradition, or of "Italianness".

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