Students residing outside of the Greater Montreal area studying in French-language institutions will enjoy a substantial discount on tuition fees by paying the same amount as Quebeckers.
That is a difference of around $21,000 in tuition per student each year, with Quebec international students' average tuition plummeting from $24,000 to $3,000 for every school year.
Under a plan to attract foreign students to Quebec's outlying areas, Immigration Minister Jean Boulet announced that qualified international students would be permitted to work up to 20 hours per week under the program.
In the next four years, the province hopes to attract 1,200 foreign students to CEGEPs and universities in the region. Montreal is the destination of choice for three-quarters of foreign students who come to study in Quebec. Last year, Quebec issued 62,000 study permits to students of foreign origin.
The program will begin in September 2023 and will not be retroactive. Among the priority study areas will be information technology, engineering, and health and social services, as well as education, including early childhood educator training.