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McGill University provides French and English language instruction to eligible academic staff through its School of Continuing Studies.


Mon français Initiative

Program

The Mon français initiative is intended to facilitate the obtaining of a Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ), required in order to apply for permanent residency.

Members of the academic staff working at McGill on a temporary work permit can obtain a CSQ if they satisfy the requirements of the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion (MIDI) [see www.immigration-quebec.gouv.qc.ca/en/index.php for detailed regulations]. For the Programme Expérience Québec path, the CSQ applicant must demonstrate a minimum French proficiency at the Advanced Intermediate level (level 7) of the Échelle québécoise des niveaux de compétence en français des personnes immigrantes adultes or its equivalent (level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

McGill’s Mon français program provides access to French language instruction to prepare people to meet this requirement. A passing grade in CEFN 332 (part-time) offered by the School of Continuing Studies is recognized by MIDI as proof of level 7/level B2 French proficiency. An alternative is to pass a French evaluation test such as the TEFaQ, which is administered by MIDI.

Eligible Courses

Courses must be taken through the McGill School of Continuing Studies. Eligible courses include:

Costs

Course fees for each eligible course will be waived by the University provided that participants earn a passing grade in that course. Placement test fees will also be waived, and any study permit fees (if required) will be reimbursed (via expense report).

Eligibility

  • Tenure-track and tenured academic staff holding temporary work permits and their spouses.
  • Pre-tenure-track Assistant Professors (Special Category) holding temporary work permits and their spouses.
  • Full-time ranked CAS holding temporary work permits and their spouses.
  • Non-Canadian spouses of repatriated Canadians may request consideration.

Slowing the reappointment clock

As a pilot project, eligible tenure-track academic staff engaged in French language training under the Mon français initiative may request a delay of reappointment consideration, provided that they have passed at least 200-hours of French instruction at the School of Continuing Studies prior to the year of reappointment consideration. Requests are to be addressed to the Provost and submitted to the academic [dot] personnel [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Academic Personnel Office) approximately 3 months before the beginning of the year of reappointment consideration.


English Language Courses

Program

Individuals whose primary language is not English may choose to enroll in eligible English language instruction. The University covers the full cost of tuition and associated course fees during the first three (3) years of the staff member's tenure-track appointment at McGill.

Eligible Courses

Courses must be taken through the McGill School of Continuing Studies.

Costs

Course fees for each eligible course will be waived by the University provided that participants earn a passing grade in that course. Placement test fees will also be waived, and any study permit fees (if required) will be reimbursed (via expense report).

Eligibility

  • Tenure-track academic staff (during initial appointment) and their spouses.
  • Pre-tenure-track Assistant Professors (Special Category) and their spouses.

Registration Procedures (French and English courses)

Identify Yourself

To sign up, identify yourself as an academic staff member so that the School of Continuing Studies can confirm your eligibility for free language instruction. Be sure to have your McGill employee ID number on hand for this purpose. At that time or at some later date, you may enrol your spouse.

Take the Entrance Placement Test

To register for French or English courses at the School of Continuing Studies you must write an Entrance Placement Test.

For information see French Placement Test or English Placement Test. Individuals with no knowledge of French may sign a waiver attesting that they are beginners and will thus be registered in a Basic French course.

Register

For your initial registration, you must do so in person at Client Services (688 Sherbrooke Street West – 11th floor) with the following documents:

  • Registration Form, completed and signed;
  • Permanent Code Data Form, completed and signed;
  • A clear photocopy of your passport (with signature page)
  • A clear photocopy of your temporary work permit;
  • A clear photocopy of your McGill ID card;
  • Signed waiver for Basic French (if applicable).

Certificate of Acceptance of Quebec (CAQ) and Study Permits

It may be necessary to obtain a CAQ and a Study Permit if you plan to study for more than 6 months. You will find detailed information from the MIDI website. If required, the study permit fees will be reimbursed.

The MIDI website may refer to the Canada & Immigration Canada Study Permit site which will provide further information.

For further information concerning courses, Entrance Placement Exams or registration and session dates, please visit the School of Continuing Studies website.


Taxable Benefit Subsidized language instruction is considered a taxable benefit. As such, both the staff member and the spouse require a Canadian Social Insurance Number (SIN).

To apply for a SIN, visit the government of Canada website at Service Canada.

Other Options HR periodically offers staff development courses, open to all McGill staff, including a French-at-Work program. Registration is required, as well as a placement test.

Contacts
School of Continuing Studies
www.mcgill.ca/continuingstudies/

Inquiries related to French programs Manon Gadbois 514-398-2142
Inquiries related to English programs Robert Guirguis 514-398-8800, extension 089653
Registration Assistance Johnny Martuccio 514-398-2637

Office of the Associate Provosts

General assistance and information Valerie Minnett 514-398-6130

HR
www.mcgill.ca/hr/training/specialized-hr-programs/french-program/

Enquiries relating to programs offered through HR Kathryn Lamantia 514-398-2000

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