Arisnel Mesidor, M.A., RCIC
The province of Quebec increased the amount of financial aid available to immigrants studying French
The provincial government in Quebec is boosting financial assistance for newcomers attending full-time and part-time French-language courses.
In a release, Quebec's Ministere de l'Immigration, de la Francisation et de l'Integration (MIFI), announced that it is raising the weekly benefit for those taking a full-time French course to $205. That is only $5 more than the previous $200 assistance per week.
The weekly stipend for these full-time students has risen by just 2.5 percent this year, which is far less than the current rate of inflation, which is at 7.7%. Last year, the provincial government increased the financial assistance from $188 per week to 200.
For you to be eligible for financial assistance, you must take at least 4 hours of French lessons per week. The steps to follow for financial assistance applications depend on the type of institution where you are taking your course:
If you are enrolled in a Québec government partner organization, they will send you the form to complete
If you are enrolled in a school service centre, you must complete the application yourself for financial assistance in taking a part-time course
Take note that you must ask for help from your teaching institution if you are not sure of what steps to take.