Languages Canada signs Québec agreement

12 November, 2015

Languages Canada has announced a framework affiliation agreement with post-secondary college CEGEP de la Gaspésie et des Îles that will allow its member language schools in Québec to continue to receive international students on study permits.

Following regulations introduced by Citizenship and Immigration Canada in 2014, students applying for a study permit for six months or more must attend a provincially designated institution. Québec is the only provincial government that has not agreed to recognise language programmes for designation.

The new agreement with CEGEP de la Gaspésie et des Îles means that the 39 Languages Canada members in Québec can receive international students to study French or English on study permits under the college’s designation.

“We are very pleased to have found a partner that supports the growth of the international language education sector in Québec,” said Gonzalo Peralta, Executive Director of Languages Canada.

“More than 12,000 students choose Québec every year to study French or English. This represents nearly 800 jobs and CAN$111 million (US$83 million) in export revenue for the province,” he said. “And we hope that through these partnerships, we can show international language students they can do more than learn a language – they can go on to top-quality, post-secondary programmes in Québec.”

The collaboration will showcase the post-secondary programmes offered by the CEGEP and encourage students to continue their education in the province.

Yves Galipeau, Director of the CEGEP de la Gaspésie et des Îles, said, “We are very proud to be the only CEGEP to have signed such an agreement with Languages Canada. This partnership will exert a leverage effect on our recruitment campaigns, which will give us the opportunity to present our programmes to these international students.”

CEGEPs are publicly funded post-secondary colleges in Quebec. Originally a French acronym for Collège d'enseignement général et professionnel, the CEGEP title has come to be recognised as a general or vocational college.

CEGEP de la Gaspésie et des Îles has three campuses and a national school, and also has an Anglophone section, where students can do full or part immersion.

Matthew Knott
News Editor


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