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Report: Quebec suffers from massive bottlenecks in fracturing

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Since its creation about a year ago, Francisation Québec has struggled to keep up with demand, leading to “bottlenecks.”

Almost half of the applicants for enrollment had not yet started their studies by April 15, 2024.

These are the findings of the latest report by Commissioner for the French Language, Benoît Dubreuil, published on Wednesday.

Founded in June 2023, Francisation Québec is a one-stop shop designed to facilitate access to French courses, especially for newcomers.

Between its founding and April 2024, of the nearly 99,000 requests received by the organization, 50,400 people started their course or received confirmation of enrollment.

“However, since June 1, 2023, the mechanisms put in place can no longer keep pace with the large number of applications submitted,” the report says. “This has led to bottlenecks in the group training process, causing waiting times for applicants and causing various problems for both service providers and students.”

The report states that there is “a close link between the increasing number of temporary foreign workers in Quebec and the increasing number of enrollments in French courses,” but that Francisation Québec apparently did not anticipate this demand.

“And yet the significant increase in the number of temporary workers who do not speak French was not entirely unforeseeable. In fact, it is the result of changes implemented by the governments of Quebec and Canada without first examining the capacity of French teaching establishments to accommodate this new clientele,” the Commissioner explains in his 121-page report.

Dubreuil recommends “developing a robust demand forecasting model and strengthening enrollment management mechanisms to shorten processing times.”


This report by The Canadian Press was first published in French on May 29, 2024.