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Quebec suspends CAQ applications from 10 designated learning institutions


CAQ applications are suspended for institutions that are being audited or investigated by the Quebec Ministry of Higher Education.


Quebec’s Ministry of Immigration, Francization, and Integration (MIFI) will not accept new Quebec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) applications from students going to the 10 designated learning institutions (DLIs) that are under investigation starting December 30.

CAQs are required by most individuals who want to study in Quebec.

Applications submitted before this date, but are still in processing, will be suspended. This decision will be in effect until March 31, 2021.

The following 10 DLIs are under investigation, according to the MIFI government website:

  • M College of Canada;

  • Matrix College of Management, Technology and Healthcare;

  • Canada College inc.;

  • Herzing College (Institute);

  • CDE College;

  • Montréal College of Information Technology;

  • Institut supérieur d’informatique (ISI);

  • Universel College— Gatineau Campus;

  • Collège CDI;

  • Montréal Campus of Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles

These institutions are under investigation for their recruitment strategies, MIFI told CIC News in French by email:

Questionable recruitment practices for worldwide college students at some instructional establishments have come to mild in latest weeks. In order to maintain the integrity of the Foreign Student Program, it has been determined to droop the receipt and processing of purposes for transient determination for research submitted with the aid of overseas nationals admitted or enrolled in one of the instructional establishments situation to an audit or investigation via the Ministry of Higher Education.

DLIs are academic establishments accredited by means of the Quebec authorities to welcome global college students and such college students are then eligible to achieve Post-Graduation Work Permits (PGWPs).


PGWPs are coveted due to the fact they allow global college students to reap knowledgeable work journey they can go on to use to be eligible to observe for Canadian everlasting residence. Options such as the Quebec Experience Program and Express Entry’s Canadian Experience Class are amongst the many expert employee immigration streams throughout Canada that facilitate everlasting house pathways for former worldwide college students who maintain a PGWP.


Quebec has greater latitude than any different province or territory in Canada with appreciate to enabling personal instructional establishments to be DLIs. This is due to Quebec’s distinctive popularity inside Canada. As a result, with few exceptions, the overwhelming majority of non-public establishments that are DLIs are determined in Quebec.




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