5-à-7 in Québec

The working and social culture here in Canada may be different to what you're used to, and there are a lot of things to know about it. One cornerstone of Québec working life is the “5-à-7”, which you will be sure to want to find out more about! After a long day at work, [...]

Getting a driver’s licence in Québec

In Québec, like everywhere else, there are laws to follow if you want to drive. If you have just arrived in Québec from another country or province and already have a driver’s licence, you just need to exchange it at the SAAQ or pass an exam. For more information about the exchange, read our [...]

RAMQ’s waiting period

Canada is committed to making health care as inexpensive as possible, or free, for anyone in the country. Living in Québec qualifies you to benefit automatically from the health insurance: RAMQ. Automatically doesn’t mean immediately though, because you will have to wait to receive your card before you are covered by the insurance.  The [...]

Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day – National Holiday in Québec

Every year on the 24th of June, Quebecers and French Canadians across Canada celebrate Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, traditionally a Catholic celebration of the Nativity (birth) of St. John the Baptist, which was brought to Canada by French settlers. Today, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, also known as La Saint-Jean or La Fête national du Québec, is a national holiday [...]

Rising educational costs in Québec’s universities

Montréal universities, well known for their teaching quality, are some of the best places to study around the world. But depending on where you are coming from, you may not pay the same price as Québec students. So let's take a look at educational costs in Canada. Since 1978 (until 2015), French students were [...]

Health Insurance Card in Québec: RAMQ

The health insurance card in Québec, otherwise known as a RAMQ card (Régie de l'assurance maladie Québec), gives all cardholders access to a range of healthcare services covered under the Québec Healthcare Insurance Plan. The services include medical, dental, optometric and pharmaceutical services, and by presenting your RAMQ card you will not be billed [...]

Ambulance service in Québec

The ambulance service in Québec is well developed and efficient. Of course, we hope you won't need it, but you should know how it works. Firstly, there is only one phone number for different emergency services, including ambulance, police and fire service: 911. Please note that dialling 911 is for emergencies only; it is [...]

North America: The Geography of Canada

Canada may be the second largest country in the world, covering 9.9 million square kilometers, but when it comes to the geography of Canada, most people know very little about it. Often, it seems to take a back seat to the USA and gets lumped in with the title of “North America” - which it is [...]

What is La SAQ?

Congratulations on your move to Québec! Now it’s time for you to get to know your neighbours better, so why not invite them for dinner? The good old 'wine and dine' for a perfect social evening. But wait a moment...you find yourself at the supermarket shopping for the aforementioned meal, when you find that [...]

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