What is Quebec Residency?
Ministère de l'Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche, de la
Science et de la Technologie (MESRST) requires Universities to collect an
premium (currently $117.76 subject to change) per credit from
Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents who do not qualify as
Quebec residents under MESRST definitions.
There are many ways to prove eligibility. Please note that we
are following the directives of the MESRST and unless you provide
documentation that you are a Quebec resident we are required to
consider that you are not a Quebec resident and charge you the
additional (out-of-province) fees.
Once you provide the required information to prove that you are
eligible to be considered a Quebec Resident, you will be charged
the Quebec tuition rate only.
How do I prove that I am a Quebec Resident?
must submit the "Quebec Residency Application" and supporting documents
online. Supporting documents can also be submitted to
Service Centre, 1400 de Maisonneuve West, MB 2.245.
Once I prove my Quebec Residency status is this valid for the
my studies? What if I interrupt my studies and then return at a
Students whose Quebec residency status is based on one of the
following categories are considered permanent Quebec residents.
- Born in Quebec
- Holder of a CSQ
(certificat de sélection du Quebec)
- Adopted by a Quebec
- Parents or sponsor
deceased and one of parents was a Quebec resident
Temporary Categories which can
maintain Residency Status after an absence of two sessions (not
including Summer sessions):
Students who fit into one of the 8 temporary categories below
may maintain their Quebec residency status after an absence from
studies of two sessions (not including Summer sessions).
- One of your parents or
your sponsor has his or her main residence in Quebec.
- You resided in Quebec for
twelve months before the beginning of the semester and you
were not studying full-time at a Quebec educational
institution during that 12-month period.
- You are receiving
financial assistance from Aide financière aux études du
Quebec or you are a former recipient and did not interrupt
your studies for more than two semesters (not including the
- At the time of
registration or before the end of the semester, you had been
residing in Quebec for more than three months and you had
not resided elsewhere in Canada for more than three months
since your arrival in the country.
- Your spouse is considered
a Quebec resident according to one of the situations
falling under Part 2
- You are a member of a
Native nation in Quebec.
- You have continued to
reside in Quebec even though your parents or sponsor no
longer reside here.
- You have already been
granted Quebec resident status in the past and have resided
in Quebec for three consecutive years in the last five
IMPORTANT: If you
qualify under more than one category and are eligible for either
a permanent or a temporary situation, choose the permanent
situation. This way you will not have to re-prove your Quebec
Residency Status after you discontinue your studies.
What is a Valid Lease and What Information Must it Contain?
lease is a legal document signed and dated by the landlord
(lessor/owner) and the tenant (lessee) indicating the rental of an
apartment or dwelling for a specific period of time.
- If your lease has been
renewed and this has not been confirmed in writing by the
landlord, you must submit an original dated letter from
your landlord attesting to the period for which the lease
has been extended, along with a copy of the original lease.
- All landlord attestations
must include the landlord's address and telephone number,
date and signature. Lease dates must be included. The
landlord should provide the attestation on business
letterhead and sign and date the attestation.
- If you resided in a dwelling where your
name did not appear on the lease as a legal tenant then you are
REQUIRED to present the lease of the legal tenant covering the required reference period AND a letter from the landlord (owner) confirming that you dwelled at the address of the lease during that period. All such letters will be verified for legal validity.
What is a Landlord’s Letter and what information must it contain?
A Landlord’s Letter is a letter from a landlord (owner) of a property signed and dated by the landlord (lessor/owner) stating that the student dwelled in the property that the landlord owns during a particular period. This letter must meet the following requirements:
- Must be signed by the landlord;
- Must be dated by the landlord;
- Must be on letterhead;
- The landlord must identify himself as owner the property (this fact will be verified) and must give his address and phone number;
- The letter must name the student;
- The letter must give the start and end dates of the period when the student dwelled at that address.
A Landlord’s Letter is required when a student dwells in that property but is not named as tenant on the lease. This letter must be accompanied by the lease held by the tenant, and this lease must cover the reference period in question.
A Landlord’s Letter is also required when a student’s original lease has expired but the student continued to live in the apartment after an un-written agreement to renew the lease.
What does “reference period” or “reference months” mean?
Under some situations
(for example situations 6 and 8 ) you must have met
certain conditions for a consecutive period before the
semester for which you want Quebec Resident Status. In
the reference period is 12 consecutive months out of the
18 months preceding the start of your studies. In
the reference period is 3 months after become a
Permanent Resident of Canada and 3 months after
beginning to dwell in Quebec.
What is a “Sworn Statement” and When Should I Use One?
part of proof that you were not a Full Time student, you must
submit a sworn
declaration that is
witnessed by a Lawyer, Notary, or Commissioner for Oaths.
All sworn statements must clearly indicate the situation you
have chosen and declare that you were not a full time student
during the required reference period.
Under Ministerial policy, Concordia University is required to
present all such sworn statements to the external auditors when
Sworn statements must be
evaluated by our assessment personnel and may be rejected if
they do not conform to the required format or if they do not
contain information which is complete and acceptable according
to MESRST directives.
Sworn Statement must contain:
- The situation you have
- The period of time in
- A statement that the you
“WERE NOT A FULL TIME STUDENT DURING THE ABOVE PERIOD”
- The statement must then be
signed and dated and witnessed by a Commissioner of Oaths.
You do not have to pay a lawyer
or notary for this. You can bring your sworn statement and have
it witnessed free of charge at the
Sworn statements can be used when a birth certificate does
not show the parents’ names.
At present sworn statements
may not be used
to prove that a student lives
somewhere. That means a sworn statement cannot replace a lease
or landlord’s letter.
I am studying as an International student, a Refugee, or a Diplomat,
who has been living in Quebec. May I qualify as a Quebec resident?
may only apply if you have obtained permanent resident status or
Canadian citizenship. As long as your immigration status is not
one of these you cannot apply for Quebec residency. However,
students with diplomatic status and certain categories of
refugees may be eligible for the Quebec tuition rate.
For further information, please consult this
If I have a Permanent Code (code permanent) does this mean I
Permanent Code is a unique identifying code assigned by the
Ministry of Education to all students who attend an educational
institution in Quebec regardless of where they come from and
regardless of their residency status. There is no specific
connection between a Permanent Code and Quebec residency. Even
if you have a Permanent Code you will still have to prove that
you are eligible for Quebec resident status.
If my request for Quebec Residency status is not accepted what can I
do to become eligible for a future date?
can take a part-time course load for a 12-month period (three
consecutive academic terms) and then reapply under situation 6
providing you have a valid Quebec Medicare Card, lease, etc that
covers the required reference period.
If I do not qualify under one situation, may I qualify under another
There are different ways to prove Quebec residency status.
Please review the
situations on the attestation form
to see if one applies to you.
If I neglected to apply for Quebec Resident status last year can I
still get a refund now?
No. The Ministry of Education does not permit retroactive
applications for Quebec Resident Status.
What is Full-Time registration? What is Part-Time registration?
For Quebec Residency purposes, for Undergraduate students, Part-Time is defined as registration in fewer than 12.0 credits per session. Full-Time is defined as registration in 12.0 credits or more per session.
For Graduate students in a Graduate Independent, Diploma or Certificate program, Part-Time is defined as registration in fewer than 8.0 credits per session and Full-Time is defined as registration in 8.0 credits or more per session.
When counting the number of credits per term, courses with the grade DISC are included but courses that were withdrawn before the deadline to obtain a refund and that received the grade DNE are not included.
Graduate students in a Masters or PhD program are classified as Full-Time or Part-Time at the time of initial registration in the program. This classification of Masters FT/PT status may be used for Quebec Residency purposes.
I'm having trouble uploading documents online, how do I submit
documents by fax, in-person or by mail?
|The alternative methods for document submission:
1450 Guy Street, Room MB 2.245
Office of the Registrar, LB-700
1455 De Maisonneuve W.