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Forget about scholarships, Quebec offers international students a fast-track to citizenship

Quebec program has more promise, fewer drawbacks than Trillium Scholarships


 

Two weeks ago, in an effort to attract more international students, the Ontario government announced that they would be funding a handful of scholarships for foreign PhD students. This announcement raised some hackles.

Quebec also has a program to attract international students to the province. But they’ve gone a very different route. Instead of offering scholarships, they’re offering a fast-track to permanent residency.

Under a deal with Ottawa, immigrants who are planning to start their Canadian lives in Quebec have to apply to the provincial government and obtain a “selection certificate.”

The fast-track program essentially guarantees international students, in all levels of university and college, the certificate, provided they speak French (taking an intermediate French class at a Quebec university is sufficient) and receive approval by the federal government.

The program, which took effect over the summer, looks to have few, if any, drawbacks.

Quebec needs skilled workers and with an aging population the province, like the rest of the country, needs those who are just beginning their carriers and can step up as older people retire. Encouraging those who have trained in Canada to stay in the country also avoids problems involving the acceptance of foreign credentials. As well, immigrants who have spent some of their formative years in Canada will have a much easier time integrating into society. And, unlike the Ontario scholarships, this plan could benefit a lot of people not just a few.

The program does have one thing in common with the Ontario scholarships, it was announced overseas.


 

Forget about scholarships, Quebec offers international students a fast-track to citizenship

  1. i will like to know all the criteria to aplly for this–as a international student,i will like to recieve the procedure in my email box–thanks,i have readf everyhting and i have strongly intrest in the progrsmme

  2. I would like to find out if scholarships are offered to a disabled person like me. I’m about to study the Celta English language teaching course in Jan 2011 in my country Malaysia at the British Council.
    After Celta, I would like to further my studies in the English language teaching. Please reply.

    Thank you.

  3. I would find out if scholarships are offered to a disabled person like me.i m from pakistan plase info me about this matter