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Whether you are looking to attend post-secondary or looking for a school to meet your child’s needs, there are a variety of educational choices to meet your family’s needs and help you develop good foundations for overall health, wellness, and continued learning. 

The Quebec education system is different from that of the other provinces of Canada. It is managed by the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur [Ministry of Education and Higher Education]. The system includes four levels of teaching: preschool education (pre-kindergarten and kindergarten), primary and secondary education (including general training and job training), college education (including preuniversity and technical training) as well as university education.

  • From kindergarten to secondary is offered in both official languages.
  • Preschool education (ages 4-5) is not mandatory
  • Attendance of primary school is mandatory from ages 6 to 16.
  • Most schools in Quebec are organized under school boards.

Preschool, Primary, and Secondary Education

Quebec City is home to more than 130 public primary and secondary schools with more than 20 private primary and secondary schools. To find a school nearest to you visit the Education Ministry’s website.

In Quebec, to have access to English schools, the following criteria must be met:

  • Children who have received a major part of their elementary or secondary school instruction in English in Canada;
  • Whose brother or sister did a major part of his or her elementary or secondary studies in English in Canada;
  • whose father or mother did a major part of his or her elementary studies in English in Canada;
  • Whose father or mother attended school in Quebec after August 26, 1977, and could have been declared eligible for instruction in English at that time.

For more information, visit the Education Ministry’s website.

When a posting occurs, please complete the following steps:

  • The CF member must have their unit sign the form (where they are currently assigned), for approval purposes.
  • The form is usually valid for a three-year period.
  • You must sign the form, attach a copy of the posting message and proof of your new address.
  • For more information, please refer to the school board in your new neighbourhood as individual guidelines and procedures may vary.


Post-Secondary Schools

Each year, many students come to pursue their post-secondary studies at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi , which is the only regional University. Alternately some opt to attend the more distant Laval University .