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The information below provides a summary of available offerings and the conditions for registration. Further details can be found on the relevant webpages of the indicated University departments and external agencies. 

For Staff on Temporary Work Permits

Mon Français Program

The Mon Français Program, provides subsidized French language instruction to eligible full-time, ranked academic staff on temporary work permits, and their spouses, through McGill University's School of Continuing Studies.


  • Tenure-track and tenured academic staff holding temporary work permits, and their spouses on temporary work permit.
  • Assistant Professors (Special Category) holding temporary work permits, and their spouses on temporary work permit.
  • Full-time ranked Contract Academic Staff (CAS) holding temporary work permits, and their spouses on temporary work permit.
  • Non-Canadian spouses of repatriated Canadians appointed to one of the eligible categories above may request consideration.

For information on eligibility for the Mon Français Program, please contact the Academic Personnel Office at relocation.apo [at] (subject: Mon%20Fran%C3%A7ais%20Info)


The Mon Français Program is intended to facilitate eligible full-time ranked academic staff members working at McGill on a temporary work permit to obtain a Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ), which is required to apply for Canadian permanent residency.

Academic staff 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). 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). Proof of level 7/level B2 French proficiency is recognized by MIDI as a passing grade in the TEFaQ French evaluation test established by MIDI. McGill’s Mon Français Program provides access to French language instruction (without credit) to meet this requirement.


Only courses in the part-time French program taken through the School of Continuing Studies are subsidized in the Mon Français Program. Courses offered in the Intensive French Program are not eligible under the Mon Français Program.  Eligible courses include:


Eligible course fees will be waived provided the participant completes the course with a passing grade.

Fees for French Placement Tests and the TEFaQ French evaluation test will also be waived, or reimbursed (via expense report).


Tenure-track academic staff engaged in French language training under the Mon Français Program may request a one-year delay of reappointment or tenure 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 Vice-Principal (Academic) and submitted to  Academic Personnel  at least 3 months before the beginning of the year of reappointment consideration, or by June 1 of the year of tenure consideration. Approval will be confirmed in writing. Please email your request to relocation.apo [at] (subject: Re-Appointment%20Clock%20%2F%20Mon%20Fran%C3%A7ais) .


Please send an email including your temporary work permit number and expiry date to relocation.apo [at] (subject: Mon%20Fran%C3%A7ais%20Info) to confirm your eligibility.


Please go to:

School of Continuing Studies
688 Sherbrooke Street West, Suite 1199 (11th floor)
Montreal, Quebec H3A 3R1

STEP 1: Identify Yourself

Identify yourself, (and your spouse, as applicable), as eligible for French language instruction under the Mon Français ProgramFor this purpose, be sure to have on hand:

  • your McGill employee ID card,
  • a copy of your temporary work permit, and
  • a copy of the passport page containing your signature

The School of Continuing Studies will verify your eligibility and guide you through the registration process.

STEP 2: Registration

You will be invited to:

  • complete the Registration Form,
  • complete the Permanent Code Data Form, and
  • take the French Placement Test or to sign the beginner's Waiver Form

For more information and to confirm eligibility, please contact:

relocation.apo [at] (subject: Mon%20Fran%C3%A7ais%20Info%20)

For assistance with registration at the School of Continuing Studies, please contact:

Joey Settino
514-398-4400, extension 089660

For All Full-time Staff

Other Language Courses at McGill

Full-time staff and their dependents may enrol in French, English and other language courses offered, for example, by the School of Continuing Studies or the Faculty of Arts, with the possibility of waived or reduced tuition, pursuant to the following terms:

For French courses:   

  • The McGill School of Continuing Studies (SCS) offers part-time and full-time French language courses, as well as summer courses in the Intensive French Program. For more information, please contact manon.gadbois [at] (Manon Gadbois) by email or by telephone at 514-398-2142.
  • The French Language Centre (FLC) at the Faculty of Arts offers credit courses to students registered in any academic program.  For more information, please contact FLC by email at flc [at]


An eligible employee, or dependent, will receive a tuition fee waiver once enrolled in a credit course taken as part of a McGill University degree, diploma or certificate program, and to credit courses taken as a special student. Upon registration, the eligible student must complete and submit the online form.  

  • To be eligible for an Employee Educational Assistance (tuition fee waiver), the eligible employee must remain a full-time employee of the University for the entire duration of the course, and must have completed the course with a passing grade.  Reimbursement is equivalent to 100% of the portion of eligible fees.
  • To be eligible for a Staff Dependent Tuition Waiver, the dependent must meet the eligibility requirements.  Reimbursement is at two-thirds (2/3) of the Quebec tuition fee once enrolled in a degree, diploma or credit certificate program offered by the University. 


Please refer to: for information on employee eligibility requirements, courses covered, as well as procedures on how and when to apply,  or to obtain the:

  • Employee Educational Assistance form, or 
  • Staff Dependent Tuition Waiver form

The application form is available at (you must sign in).  


Subsidized language instruction is considered a taxable benefit to the individual enrolled in the course consequently each individual will require a Canadian Social Insurance Number (S.I.N.). 

For All Staff

Courses in the Montreal Area

Language Courses Outside McGill


French language courses are available to Canadians and Permanent Residents looking to acquire or improve their French language skills through the Adult Education programs approved by the Quebec Ministry of Education  (MEES) provided through:

Please consult the websites for information on the Français Langue Seconde/Francisation programs, the conditions for registration and the location of their centres across the city.


There are many language schools in Montreal offering a variety of programs. Please consult their websites for further details on courses, schedules, and pricing.