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Application of the Charter of the French language in college

The Charter of the French language (the Charter) does not apply in the same way in college as it does in preschool, elementary school and secondary school.

As such, the Charter requires colleges (CEGEPs and subsidized private colleges) to put measures in place to prioritize the admission of students who are declared eligible to receive instruction in English. However, access to college-level training in English is not limited to this student population, as it is at the preschool, elementary school and secondary school levels.

The Charter also provides that, in order to obtain a Diploma of College Studies or an Attestation of College Studies, it is necessary to demonstrate a certain level of knowledge of French. However, students who have been declared eligible to receive preschool, elementary and secondary education in English are exempted from certain obligations.

To qualify for these exemptions and prioritization measures, the student must be educated in English at college and have been declared eligible for instruction in English before graduating from secondary school.

For more information on eligibility for preschool, elementary and secondary education in English, including how to apply to an educational institution to obtain a certificate of eligibility, please consult the Instruction in English web page This hyperlink will open in a new window..

Last update: November 16, 2022

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