Quebec international students tuition

Quebec international students tuition fees to reduce from $20,000 to $3,000 per year

Quebec international students tuition fees will be slashed in six fields of study. Quebec is planning to cut tuition fees for eligible international students from about $20,000 to $3,000 CAD per year.

Quebec’s Minister of Labour and Immigration, Jean Boulet, said the goal is to make the province’s Quebec’s outlying regions more attractive to international students.

Students with study permit and studying in eligible priority areas of study will pay the same basic annual tuition as Quebecers – about $3,000 CAD.


Boulet also said that international students who qualify for this program will also be allowed to work up to 20 hours per week.

The initiative will be available for eligible international students starting September 2023.

You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.

“I am very happy to announce this new strategy which will have a great impact on the academic pursuits of immigrants and in their settlement in Quebec,” said Boulet in a statement in French.


“This is a win for the French-language education and, as a result, ensures the long-term integration of these immigrants into our society and its values,” said the minister responsible for the Ministre de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI). 

“Our government is committed to working towards a truly regional model of immigration and in encouraging the vitality of our educational institutions, our economy, and Quebecois society. This is a win-win situation.”

Eligibility for new Quebec international students tuition fees

The new Quebec international students tuition fees reduction target students in select priority fields. The priority areas of study to include the following:

  • information technology;
  • engineering;
  • healthcare;
  • social services;
  • education, or;
  • early childhood education. 

To qualify for new Quebec international students tuition fees, you a priority sector full-time, and in French language.

In addition, international students must attend an institution in Quebec, outside of the metropolitan area of Montreal.

Quebec said it will publish a complete list of institutions and specific programs of study at a later date.

Quebec’s Immigration facing acute labour shortages

Quebec Minister of Employment Jean Boulet stated that Quebec’s labour shortage is “acute” in all sectors and in all regions. He anticipates no less than 1.4 million vacant positions need to be filled by 2030.

“In the context of generalized scarcity, immigration is one of the options available to businesses,” he said. He also added that foreign skilled workers will be even more increasingly important over the coming years.

“This is important for the ongoing vitality of our universities and colleges. It is also good news for Quebecois society. These people will come to get an education and will be able to count on quality learning in stimulating environments.”

Quebec is increasingly bullish on immigration to its outlying regions which typically retain far fewer new permanent residents.

You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.