Labor shortages Quebec is decreasing tuition charges for worldwide college students within the areas

(Quebec) The blatant needs of the workforce in all regions are encouraging Quebec to turn more to foreign students to fill thousands of vacancies.

Updated May 19

Jocelyn Richer
Canadian press

To attract more foreign students, the Legault government will focus on the wallet. Next year will offer them to come and settle in Quebec at a much lower cost by reducing the tuition fees they currently have to pay.

However, in order to benefit from the program, they will have to meet two basic conditions: forget about CEGEP and the universities of Montreal, French and English, enroll in a French-speaking higher education institution in the regions and choose a program that is part of a labor-intensive sector. the biggest.

Quebec wants to kill two flies with one blow: to meet the needs of the workforce in the regions and to attract immigrants from Montreal.

The government thus hopes to attract 1,200 foreign students to CEGEP and universities in the regions within four years. Currently, three-quarters of foreigners who come to study in Quebec settle in Montreal.

The rationale is as follows: a foreigner who has been studying in Rimouski, Saguenay or Sherbrooke for several years runs the risk of settling there permanently.

“You will discover the community. You will make a boyfriend, you will make yourself a blonde, “illustrated the Minister of Labor and Immigration Jean Boulet on Thursday during the announcement of the program at a press conference in Rimouski.

Quebec, where there are about 90,000 students of foreign origin, issued 62,000 permits to study last year.

The program will be available from September 2023 and will not be retroactive. In the case of Quebec, the account is estimated at 80 million over four years.

From $ 24,000 to $ 3,000

For example, at present, the average annual cost for a foreigner interested in studying in Quebec is nearly $ 17,000 at college and about $ 24,000 at college level.

As soon as the program enters into force, scheduled for fall 2023, and until they graduate, eligible international students will pay the same elementary tuition annually as Quebecers, ie no college fees and approximately $ 3,000 at the university.

French, Belgians and Canadians from other provinces already enjoy a special position, as they have to pay annual tuition fees of $ 8,186 at the bachelor’s level and $ 2,623 at the second level. If they agree to go to the regions and to the target sectors, the program will also apply to them.

Priority fields of study will be information technology, engineering, health and social services, as well as education, including the training of early childhood educators.

The program, announced on Thursday, will be “a winner in terms of promoting French learning and, consequently, ensuring lasting integration into our society,” said Minister Boulet, who promises “personalized support” to future foreign students to facilitate their regional integration in terms of for example, looking for accommodation.

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