What are the Common Values of Quebec Society?

Published On: January 13, 2021

Quebec is a unique province in Canada, due in large part to its French heritage. Quebec’s laws and regulations often differ from the rest of the country and if you are looking to work as an immigration consultant in Quebec, you’ll need to meet their unique standards. Most importantly, you must be a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) in good standing with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) before you will be allowed to attempt the Quebec Immigration Consultant Exam.

The Quebec Immigration Consultant Exam tests an RCIC’s knowledge of Quebec’s immigration laws, as well as their knowledge of the common values of Quebec society. In order to ease your preparations for the Quebec Immigration Consultant Exam, we are going to break down Quebec’s five major societal values.

The first value is perhaps the most obvious. French is the official language of Quebec, and the Charter of the French Language protects and promotes French in Quebec. In all of North America, Quebec is the only predominantly French-speaking society.

If you are going to live and work in the province then you must be able to speak French. The government of Quebec offers free French lessons to help people integrate into Quebec society, however, if you are looking to practice as an immigration consultant in Quebec, a high level of French language proficiency (specifically an advanced intermediate level, which is comparable to level B2 of the Common European Framework or Reference of Languages) is a requirement.

The Quebec Immigration Consultant Exam is only offered in French, and if you are working as an immigration consultant in Quebec, you must be comfortable with speaking and writing and French.

Democratic Society

Quebec, much like the rest of Canada, is a democratic society. In order to vote in Quebec elections, you must be 18 years of age or older, a Canadian citizen, and you must have lived in Quebec for at least 6 months. As a democratic society, Quebec asserts that no individual is above the law and that all citizens have freedom of expression and freedom of association.

Secular Society

Quebec and its institutions are secular, which means that their decisions and actions are made without the influence of any religious powers. Although Quebec is secular, freedom of religious practice is a fundamental right in Quebec and discrimination and harassment based on religious practice is prohibited.

Being a secular society, everyone in Quebec has the right to secular services and institutions. Certain professions in the public domain are not allowed to wear religious symbols when they are working. These include. Police officers, criminal and penal prosecutors, and teachers in public schools.

Equality between Men and Women

Equality between men and women is a fundamental value in Quebec. This means that women and men in Quebec have the same rights, obligations, and responsibilities in both their public and private lives. This equality extends to the labour market, education, politics, marriage, and all other areas of life in Quebec.

In regard to marriage, Quebec law considers marriage to be the union of two people of different sexes or of the same sex. In a marriage, both partners share equal rights, commitments and responsibilities.

The Rights and Responsibilities of Quebec Citizens

Quebec citizens’ rights and responsibilities are laid out in the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms. The Charter dictates that all people are equal in worth and dignity, and each person has the fundamental right to life, safety, integrity, privacy, and the freedom of their person. Their fundamental rights also include the right of conscience, religion, opinion, expression, peaceful assembly, and association. Quebec also places a high value on non-violence and its citizens are responsible for upholding that value.

Prepare for the Quebec Immigration Consultant Exam

Now, that you have an idea of Quebec society’s common values, you can take the next step in preparing for your exam. Ashton College offers a comprehensive Quebec Immigration Consultant Exam Prep course to help reinforce your knowledge and increase your exam confidence. The course is offered entirely in French through our LIVE Online platform. Register now and prepare to take your immigration practice to Quebec.

Disclaimer

The information contained in this post is considered to be true and accurate as of the date of publication. However, the accuracy of this information may be impacted by changes in circumstances that occur after the time of publication. Ashton College assumes no liability for any error or omissions in the information contained in this post or any other post in our blog.

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