French is the common and official language of Québec. Communicating in French allows for full participation in Québec society, particularly in the job market.
The Government of Québec offers free French courses to all persons 16 years of age and older who are living in Québec, who are not subject to mandatory school attendance and who wish to receive French learning services, as well as to persons who are planning to settle in Québec. These courses may be eligible for financial assistance under certain conditions.
If you are thinking of immigrating to Québec, your knowledge of French will be taken into account in the selection process. For more information, see the page on the importance of French in Québec.
Offer French learning activities to employees
If you are a company registered in Québec, you can offer French learning activities or training to your employees (in French only) during paid work hours.
Last update: August 7, 2023