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In terms of education

Registering children at school

In Québec, the education system is secular (not related to religion) and is free of charge from kindergarten to college. French and English are taught in the schools; however, since French is the official language of Québec, immigrants' children are required to attend a French school until they complete high school.

All children between the ages of 6 and 16 must attend school. The school year consists of a minimum of 180 days of classes and starts at the end of August or the beginning of September and ends around late June, before the Québec Holiday on June 24. Girls and boys are generally in the same classrooms at all grade levels.

Additional information on education in Québec—elementary and high schools as well as colleges and universities, adult training centres, etc.—may be found on the website of the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l'Enseignement supérieur.

Equivalence and recognition of pre-acquired knowledge and skills

To have their pre-acquired knowledge recognized, young students admitted to a general education program must undergo tests developed in accordance with Québec's study programs.

For adults, the Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport awards units of equivalence if the candidate pursues studies to obtain a high school diploma or seeks admission to a study program, after it has reviewed that candidate's academic record.

Comparative evaluation for studies outside Québec
This evaluation establishes a general comparison between two official education systems. Such an evaluation may be useful in job searches or in applying for admission to a program of study, for example. It provides a description of the diplomas, transcripts and studies completed in an education system recognized by the authorities of a country or province other than Québec.

Additional information about this evaluation and the form to fill out may be obtained on the website of the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion.

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