QC announces reforms to PEQ, Fédération des cégeps argues changes do not go far enough

July 13, 2020

The Government of Québec has announced reforms to the Programme de l'expérience québécoise (PEQ), a program designed to accelerate the process for newcomers to attain permanent residency. The reforms have instituted a transitional measure for international students already in the province, as well as introducing flexibility to the duration and work experience required for students. The Fédération des cégeps, however, stated that the reforms are unsatisfactory. The federation argues that the program still excludes students whose graduation is expected after December 31, 2020, undervalues the professional experiences of students, excludes attestations d'études collégiales, and—as a consequence of these oversights—undermines the attractiveness of Québec as a postsecondary education destination for candidates from abroad. Newswire (PEQ) | Newswire (Fédération des cégeps) (QC)