QUEBEC

Population: 7,903,001

Capital: Quebec City

Largest City: Montreal

 

Quebec is a vibrant multicultural province, often earning it recognition as the “Europe of North America ''. Quebec is also famous for its vast forests, rolling hills and countless waterways. In fact, Quebec has approximately 1 million lakes and waterways, giving it more freshwater than any other province. Quebec’s mining and forestry industry generate billions in international export revenue and Hydro-Québec is a world leader in hydroelectric power, with tens of thousands working for these industries from both inside and outside the country. The capital city is Quebec City, with a population of nearly 800,000. Quebec is also home to Canada’s second largest city, and the second largest French speaking city in the world, Montreal.

Education in Province

Quebec consists of one of the most easy on pocket and comprehensive educational systems in North America. According to Canadian law, all Canadian citizens under the age of 20 are entitled to an education through the end of secondary school at no direct cost to the user. Quebec has publicly funded elementary and secondary schools in both French and English as the language of instruction. Under Quebec’s Charter of the French Language however, students must attend French-language schools unless they, their parents, or their siblings have previously attended English language schools. This regulation is part of an effort to preserve the French language in Quebec within a mostly English-speaking country. All French-language schools offer English as a second language beginning in Grade 1. This regulation does not apply to private schools in Quebec. The province has the highest rate of private school attendance of any Canadian province.

Jobs in Province

Québec is a highly industrialized and diversified economic market. Quebec’s advanced manufacturing sector produces a large variety of products for export, such as air traffic control equipment, software, subway trains, helicopters, compact disks, air purifiers and toys. Montreal, the province's commercial capital, has developed competitive industries in space and aeronautics, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, energy, transportation and finance. Montreal has also recently become known for its software startups, most notably with regards to the entertainment industry, and the city follows Vancouver as a major movie production center. Apart from all these giant industrial manufacturings the Province of Quebec is very rich in natural resources. Agriculture earnings  are also of vital prominence in the province. International exports now account for over 30 percent of the province's gross domestic product.

Way of Life in Province

The average earnings of an individual in Quebec at $70,480 per year,  rank on the lower spectrum when compared with the other provinces of the country but on the contrary it does provide an extremely high quality of life. Those keen in migrating to Quebec should know that the province has established its own immigration programs and has needs and distinctions separate from the Federal government’s streams for Canadian immigration.