In addition to counselling services provided by schools, you can obtain guidance and support for choosing a career from numerous organizations and online resources.
Employment assistance services at Services Québec offices
Employment assistance services allow you to receive advice and guidance about career choices. Employment assistance officers will evaluate your needs and can refer you, under certain conditions, to organizations that can offer support.
Contact an employability services organization in your region (French only) or your nearest Services Québec office.
Services offered by guidance counsellors
The Ordre des conseillers et des conseillères d'orientation du Québec can help you find a guidance counsellor. Their website can tell you more about how this person can help you.
Reception, Referral, Counselling and Support Services (SARCA) offered by school boards
School boards offer reception, referral, counselling and support services (SARCA) to people living in their territory. Their counsellors can support you in putting together your project, whether it’s returning to school, making a career change or having your skills and training recognized.
Professional and educational information
Osez les études offers phone assistance and support services. These services can allow you to learn more about trades and occupations and to find out about related training programs. This free service is available Monday to Thursday, between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Assistance and reference services for literacy and basic training
Info-Alpha is a free service for adults, available by phone, Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Continuing education assistance and reference services
Info-Apprendre is a phone service that offers information about courses and programs and can direct you to training providers everywhere in Québec. This free service can be reached Monday to Friday, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Information about trades, training programs, educational institutions and student loans and bursaries
Repères offers information about trades, training programs, educational institutions and student loans and bursaries. It is a members-only service that requires a subscription.
Most school boards, cégeps, universities and Services Québec offices are members and can extend the service to their clientele.
Last update: March 3, 2021