French is the first language of over 80% of the population of Québec. The proportion of Quebeckers who say they know French is even higher, at 90%. In addition to being the language of everyday life in most regions of Québec, French is the language of instruction.
The Charter of the French language states that all children must be educated in French until the end of their secondary studies, whether in a public school or a subsidized private school.
However, the Charter does provide for certain special cases where children are permitted to pursue their preschool, elementary and secondary school education in English at English-language public schools or subsidized private schools.
The Ministère de l’Education, du Loisir et du Sport (MELS) processes applications for eligibility for instruction in English.
The information provided in this section in no way replaces the provisions of the law and regulations that apply regarding the right to receive instruction in English, which must be consulted to obtain a full and exact understanding of the criteria to be met with respect to the language of instruction.
Further information is available from Québec schools and school boards that provide preschool, elementary school and secondary school education in English and from the Ministère de l’Education, du Loisir et du Sport office in charge of applications for certificates of eligibility for instruction in English (Bureau d’admissibilité à l’enseignement en anglais).