What is a permanent code?
The Quebec Permanent Code is a government ID number created by the Ministry of Education (Ministère de l'Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche et de la Science, i.e. MESRS). It is a unique identifying code assigned by MESRS to all students who attend an educational institution in Quebec regardless of where they come from and regardless of their residency status.
How do new students get a permanent code?
For most students, no action is required; the perm code will be created based on the electronic signature entered in the admission application and the documentation provided in support of the student legal status.
Exceptionally, students in the following categories must complete a Permanent Code Data (paper) form:
- Summer Studies Special students (non-degree students)
- Continuing Studies Independent (Special) students
- Postdoctoral Fellows
The Permanent Code form requires your handwritten signature. Once you have completed sections 2 to 8 and dated & signed the form, please send it as per the instructions on the "How to submit" tab.
Where and When to see the permanent code
Your Permanent Code will be created and/or validated by the Ministry of Education within the first six to eight weeks of your first registered semester at McGill (e.g. a student starting their studies in September would normally receive their perm code by late October). Once available, you can view it in Minerva at:
Student Menu -> Student Accounts Menu -> View your Tuition and Legal Status
Student Menu -> Student Records Menu -> View Your Unofficial Transcript
Personal Menu -> Name Change Form
Important! A permanent code does NOT imply Quebec residency. If you already have a perm code and were considered a Quebec resident in the past, you may still need to prove your residency again.