Continuing Education – F-151
Champlain College Saint-Lambert
900 Riverside Drive
Bill 96, adopted by Quebec’s National Assembly in May 2022, brings significant amendments to the Charter of the French Language. Certain aspects of the Bill affect English-language CEGEPs.
The information contained in this FAQ is based on available information as of June 16th, 2023. This FAQ will be updated as more information becomes available.
The ‘Loi sur la langue officielle et commune du Québec, le français’ (hereafter referred to as Law 14), formerly Bill 96, was adopted by Québec’s National Assembly in May 2022.
As of July 1st, 2023, certain aspects of the new law will affect students who register in Attestation of College Studies (ACS)/Attestation d’études collégiales (AEC) certification programs given in English in CEGEPs.
Law 14 puts students in Higher Education, including in AEC programs, into two categories:
Law 14 introduces a French language requirement to the graduation requirements for Non-Certificate of Eligibility holders for AECs given in English.
|It is important to note that ALL STUDENTS who are qualified to study at a college in Québec can be admitted to an English-language college, regardless of their high school of origin or their eligibility to receive instruction in English in an elementary or secondary school in Québec.|
Certificate of Eligibility are issued to people in specific cases who are allowed to receive instruction in English. These individuals have no added admission or graduation requirements under Law 14.
A full list can be found at the Québec government’s website (ref: http://www.education.gouv.qc.ca/en/parents-and-guardians/instruction-in-english/eligibility/)
Most Québec citizens, or recently arrived immigrants, are not Certificate of Eligibility holders. Under Law 14 these individuals must have a certain level of French oral and written proficiency that they can demonstrate proof of, to the College, before the College can issue their AEC at the end of the program.
If you meet the Québec government’s eligibility criteria you would already have received documentation when you were attending primary or secondary school. Regardless of if you have the document or not, you can inform the Cégep.
The Cégep will confirm your status with your permanent code, which is issued to all students who attend an educational institution in Québec.
Cégeps have access to review an applicant’s status and to determine if they hold a certificate of eligibility. Applicants are not required to submit their Certificate of Eligibility with their application.
Applicants who hold the Certificate of Eligibility have no added admission or graduation requirement beyond those of the AEC program.
You are not required to prove your level of French proficiency.
Non-Certificate of Eligibility applicants have the same admission requirements as Certificate of Eligibility applicants. However, under Law 14 Section 88.0.18, successfully admitted students must prove that they have a level of French language proficiency before obtaining their AEC.
The Québec government has declared that Non-Certificate of Eligibility Holders must prove that they have attained a level of French oral and written comprehension consistent with the “Échelle québécoise des niveaux de compétence en français des personnes immigrantes adultes” as follows:
Non-Certificate of Eligibility students will be required to prove their attainment of the required levels of spoken and written French through the successful completion of one of the following qualifying tests:
Please note that the previously mentioned standardized tests have a validity period. For students who have already completed one of the above tests, the Ministry will recognize a certificate that was valid at the time of the student’s admission.
For students who have not yet successfully completed one of the above tests, qualifying proof must be demonstrated prior to obtaining an AEC.
Responsibility of the Student
Students who are Non-Certificate of Eligibility Holders can be exempted from proving their level of French if they have any of the following situations:
For First Nations or Inuit students, the institution may request a document as proof of residency, based on two distinct situations:
The consortium of English-language Cégeps have developed a diagnostic test to help you determine your current level of French.
It is a free service and can be accessed at: https://rise.articulate.com/share/FisEE78jhs07TpmlsEGsTafywJb-2Xi6.
Note that you must still complete the official government-mandated test however, the results of the diagnostic test can help you decide how much additional training or how many additional courses might be needed to reach the acceptable level of French language proficiency.
The Government of Québec offers Francisation (French courses). It consists of French courses that are free for immigrants and residents living in Québec. Francisation courses are offered in various locales in the province of Québec, including cégeps, school boards, adult education centers and more.
Their website is only in French, and information can be found at https://www.quebec.ca/education/apprendre-le-francais/.
Law 14 is applicable only for students starting a new program after July 1, 2023.
If you are an existing student transferring to a new program after July 1, 2023, then Law 14 is applicable.
If you were a student but you have to re-apply to a program of study, then Law 14 is applicable.