What is the cost of living in Quebec?

To know the cost of living click here

Can I bring my pets with me?

Yes, you can bring your pets.

The website of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency can provide you with useful information about importation of domestic pets.

How it works the taxes in Canada?

Once you have identified what your income is, you need to know what percentage you’ll pay as income tax. People with a lower income pay a lower tax rate than people with a higher income. This is known as a graduated income tax system.

Each province and territory also charge income tax in addition to the federal income tax. Their rates and tax brackets vary.

You can also visit the Government of Canada page for more info.

How much money I am allowed to bring to Canada?

There are no limits to how much cash you can bring in to Canada, and it’s not illegal to bring large amounts across Canada’s borders. However, if you have C$1 0,0 0 0 or more (Or the equivalent in a foreign currency) you must declare it at the border.

If you fail to declare it at customs, the Canadian Border services Agency (CBSA) has the authority to seize all of your cash. You won’t be able to get it back until you pay a fine, which can range from C$250 to C$5000. If the CBSA suspects the money is proceeds from a crime or being used to fund terrorist activity, it won’t be returned, and you’ll have to file a review to start an investigation.

Public healthcare coverage in the province?

Upon arrival in Montréal, you must register for health insurance in Québec (RAMQ). Depending on your nationality, you will be covered when you register, or you will have a 3-month waiting period before being covered.

As a temporary resident, if you travel outside Québec for more than 21 days, you will not be covered by the RAMQ (Régie de l’assurance maladie) provincial healthcare for the whole duration of your stay outside Québec and will have to subscribe to a private travel insurance.

You have to contact the RAMQ if you plan to stay outside Quebec for more than 21 days.

How it works the schools in Quebec?

Since you are a temporary Canadian resident with a work permit, your child will attend a public school in French or in English (your choice). However, should you become a permanent Canadian resident, it will be mandatory for your child to attend a French school or a private English school (which may cost up to $10,000 a year).

When enrolling your children to an educational institution in Quebec, it is recommended to have in hand an attestation of their level of education from their current institution.

The Immigration-Québec Website provides valuable basic information about the Quebec education system. More information here (in French, with English documentation)

The Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport Website provides further information about the education system. However, should you only need the list of school boards in the Montreal area, we suggest that you refer to the La Fédération des commissions scolaires du Québec Website, the information is easier to find (in French).

The three school boards on the Montreal Island are:

The Montreal School Board

3737 Sherbrooke Str. East

Montreal, H1X 3B3

Telephone: 514-596-6000

Fax: 514-596-7451

Web site (in French)

The Marguerite-Bourgeoys School Board

1100 Côte-Vertex Blvd.

Saint-Laurent, H4L 4V1

Telephone: 514-855-4500

Fax: 514-855-4749

Website (in French)

The Pointe-de-l’Île School Board

550 53rd Avenue

Montreal, H1A 2T7

Telephone: 514-642-9520

Fax: 514-642-1590

Website (in French)

Which bank can you recommend me?

Can I open a bank account online?

Yes, you can. In fact, some of the bank recommendations above can offer you this service. However, some of them request that, when you arrive to Canada, you need to present some documents in one of their branch offices.

Which internet and telephone service provider offers a good service?

We can recommend you some of the best services providers, according to clients. Nevertheless, its important that you confirm with the company that you choose that the service is available where you live.

How can I get a driver’s licence?

New residents who hold a valid driver’s licence issued by their jurisdiction of origin may drive the corresponding class of vehicle their licence authorizes for the first 6 months following their arrival in Québec. Afterward, the requirement to hold a Québec licence applies. For more information click here.

How to find a short and long-term apartment?

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Information about daycare centres

As a temporary Canadian resident with a work permit, you are entitled to subsidized daycare, at $8,50 a day. Please note that there may be a very long waiting period before you obtain a place (sometimes from 1 to 2 years). During this waiting period, your child could go in a private (non-subsidized) daycare. The cost is variable, usually between $40 and $80 per day. For more info please consult Famille Québec.

If you do not have $8,50 a day daycare, there are subsidies for childcare expenses. According to Revenue Quebec, once a person is liable to taxes in Quebec, they may claim a tax credit for childcare expenses. Eligibility requirements must be met.

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