Debates, responses to QC’s new language requirement for out-of-province students


The Government of Quebec’s new “Level 5” language requirement for out-of-province students at English language universities has sparked debate in the media. According to the Montreal Gazette, students with “Level 5” proficiency would be able to have an interactive conversation with varied vocabulary on basic topics. McGill University President Deep Saini stated that this target is “academically and technically unfeasible and will only serve to deter students from coming here.” Additionally, Global News and CBC News report that two lawyers believe QC’s English-language universities have grounds to take the province to court on the basis of language discrimination as the result of this new requirement.

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