Frequently Asked Questions

Below is some relevant information to consider before and when you arrive in Québec.

What are the working conditions for teachers in Québec?

To learn more about teachers’ working conditions, please consult the most recent version of the 2020-2023 national collective agreement finalized in December 2021 for teaching staff (E5):

https://cpn.gouv.qc.ca/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2023/03/CPNCA_APEQ_E5_CC-ang_consolide_2023-03-15_V2.pdf

What are the salary scales for teachers in Québec?

The link to the current teachers’ collective agreement is displayed below. Salary information can be found on page 114 of this document:

https://cpn.gouv.qc.ca/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2023/03/CPNCA_APEQ_E5_CC-ang_consolide_2023-03-15_V2.pdf

How can I obtain a Québec teaching permit/licence?

To teach in Québec, only the Ministère de l’Éducation du Québec can issue a provisional teaching permit for teachers who have completed training outside the province.  You’ll need to present your authorization to school board officials in order to teach.  We encourage you to start the application process as soon as possible. Click here for more information: https://prod.education.gouv.qc.ca/formulairewebj/accueil.do?methode=acceder  

If you have any questions or concerns about this process, please send an e-mail to dtfps@education.gouv.qc.ca.   

What is the language exam required for teaching authorization?

After your file has been analyzed by the Ministère de l’Éducation du Québec, you will receive notification that you must pass a French (or English) language test when you arrive in Québec.  It will be essential to present proof of passing the test to your school board’s human resources department.

How do I obtain a work permit to teach in Québec?

To be eligible to work in Canada, you must be a Canadian citizen or hold a valid work permit. We will provide some candidates hired for the school year with support in obtaining a work permit. If you would like to apply for a work permit yourself, click here for more information https://www.quebec.ca/immigration

How do I participate in the Québec health insurance plan?

You’ll need to apply for your health insurance card if you’re settling in Québec, coming to study or work here, or extending a temporary stay. If you have already been registered for health insurance in the past, you must re-register when you return to Québec, unless you have maintained your eligibility during a temporary absence. Here are a few links to learn more:

https://www.ramq.gouv.qc.ca/en/citizens/health-insurance/register 

https://www.ramq.gouv.qc.ca/en/citizens/health-insurance/social-security-agreements-other-countries

How do I open a bank account when I arrive in Québec? 

You will need to open a bank account in Québec when you arrive.  Please note that the school board will pay you via bank deposit.  Here are a few links to banking institutions in Québec:

– CAISSE POPULAIRE DESJARDINS: https://www.desjardins.com/particuliers/vous-etes/nouveaux-arrivants-canada/ouvrir-compte-canada/index.jsp

– NATIONAL BANK OF CANADA: https://www.bnc.ca/particuliers/immigration.html 

– TD CANADA TRUST: https://www.td.com/ca/fr/services-bancaires-personnels/solutions/nouveaux-arrivants-au-canada

How do I obtain a cell phone plan upon my arrival to Québec?

Most teachers choose to take out a package with a Québec supplier.

Here are a few examples of suppliers:

Fizz: https://fizz.ca/en

Telus: https://www.telus.com/en

Rogers: https://www.rogers.com/contact

Bell : https://www.bell.ca/Mobility/Exclusive-Partner-Program/Login

How do I obtain a driver’s license in Québec?

You’ll need to make an appointment with the Société d’assurance-automobile du Québec (SAAQ) within the first 6 months of your stay. Don’t wait, and make sure you book your appointment quickly. The French driver’s license is valid for 6 months in Québec. For French nationals staying longer than 6 months or residing in Québec, you’ll need to obtain a local driver’s license issued by the competent authority (SAAQ). Other license categories (truck, motorcycle, TC, etc.) cannot be exchanged for a Québec license.

For more information, visit https://quebec.consulfrance.org/Permis-de-conduire

What is winter driving like in Québec?

In winter, drivers must adapt their driving to weather and road conditions. According to the Highway Safety Code, drivers must reduce speed when visibility is reduced due to darkness, fog, rain or precipitation, or when the road surface is slippery or not completely clear.  Here are a few links and a video to help you:

https://saaq.gouv.qc.ca/en/road-safety/modes-transportation/automobile/maintenance-safety/winter-preparation

https://saaq.gouv.qc.ca/en/road-safety/behaviours/adapting-driving/winter-driving

https://www.caaquebec.com/en/on-the-road/advice/tips-and-tricks/tip-and-trick/show/sujet/winter-driving-tips

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLH6ShyM2co

What federal and provincial taxes am I required to pay while working in Québec?

You’ll be required to pay both provincial (Québec) and federal (Canada) income taxes as part of your remuneration.  It’s important to note that your school board will withhold an amount from each paycheque.  Please note that in Québec, it is of course possible to pay your taxes electronically on a financial institution’s website, using a payment code and reference number.  The deadline for tax payments is normally April 30 of each year.  Please note that we will be offering an information session on this subject in the spring to better equip you for this exercise.

How do I obtain a social insurance number upon arrival in Québec?

To work in Canada or access government programs and benefits, you need a 9-digit number called the Social Insurance Number (SIN).  Your SIN is private, and it’s illegal for anyone else to use it. You are responsible for protecting your SIN.  Service Canada is responsible for issuing SINs in paper format (SIN confirmation letter). If you have an unexpired plastic SIN card, it is still valid.

Link to apply: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/sin/apply.html

How do I search for housing in Québec?

Housing available for rent is listed in several places, depending on the region of Québec to which you’re moving. Below is a list of sites that may be of use to you. Please note, however, that this list is not exhaustive. We recommend that you do some research on the Internet, targeting the region where you want to live, and get in touch with local real estate agents.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace

https://www.kijiji.ca

https://www.louer.ca

https://duproprio.com/en/rental/house-for-rent

https://www.point2homes.com/CA/Apartments-For-Rent/QC.html

What is the Québec Education Program?

The Québec Education Program contains a structured set of elements that enable the realization of the educational project it presents. Its components are rooted in the cultural, economic, geographic, historical, social and political realities of contemporary Quebec.

The Education Program is a common reference point for all school and social stakeholders. It is a day-to-day tool for teachers, and an essential reference for school administrators, staff, Governing Board members and parents. Its implementation is based on the development of competencies, i.e. the acquisition and mobilization by students of resources that include a body of accepted and shared knowledge.

There are three programs, depending on the level you teach:

Preschool

Kindergarten, ages 4 and 5

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Primary

Elementary Level

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Secondary

High School Level

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Is there a group I can join for networking?

J’enseigne en immersion française https://www.facebook.com/groups/668978419944426

School Calendars 2024-2025

Each school board (and often each school) establishes its annual school calendar, making sure to include statutory holidays and pedagogical days. Depending on the school board to which you are assigned, you will find below the link to the school calendar for the 2024-2025 school year.

Centre de services scolaire du LittoralClick Here
Central Québec School BoardClick Here
Eastern Shores School BoardClick Here
Select the school, then the calendar
Eastern Townships School BoardClick Here
English Montreal School BoardClick Here
New Frontiers School BoardClick Here
Riverside School BoardClick Here
Sir Wilfrid Laurier School BoardClick Here
Western Québec School BoardClick Here