Frequently Asked Questions


Services for immigrants
French courses
Housing situation
Job opportunities
Mass transit
Educational institutions
Day care

Services for immigrants (Top)

What services (job search and housing search assistance) are offered to immigrants in the Mauricie?

The Mauricie is in the process of developing a strong network of «services d'accueil des nouveaux arrivants» (SANA). These services are intended to help you settle and integrate in your new environment. They will help you go through all the steps that will be required when you arrive. For more details, visit the SANA websites or the sectionIntroducing SANA.

French courses (Top)

Will I be able to take French courses in the Mauricie? If so, what are the waiting times and eligibility requirements?


You'll have the opportunity to take French as a Second Language courses. The ministère de l'Immigration et des Communautés culturelles has created several partnerships for this purpose, including one with the region's adult education centers. Generally speaking, you must be a permanent resident to be eligible for these courses. However, be aware that the requirements and waiting times may vary depending on the area. To get more details about learning French, visit the SANA websites or the Learning French in Québec section on the Immigration Québec website.

Housing situation (Top)

What's the housing situation like in the Mauricie in terms of availability and cost?


With respect to housing, you should know that the Mauricie offers several advantages. First, it is ranked among the least expensive regions. For your information, the average rent for a two-bedroom apartment is less than $500 a month. Furthermore, lodging is more widely available in the Mauricie than in major centres like Montreal, where there has been a severe housing shortage for several years due to a low vacancy rate. In addition, on your your arrival, you'll have access to the Newcomers Aid Service (SANA) to assist you in your housing search. For more details about housing, visit the SANA websites, the Quality of life section or the Immigration Québec website

Job opportunities (Top)

What job opportunities are there in the Mauricie?


First, you should know that because of the Mauricie's demographic profile (aging population), there is a strong demand for labour in a range of sectors. Several major industries (metal processing, pulp and paper.) and poles of excellence (hydrogen, energy.) are creating jobs in the region. You should also be aware that the Mauricie is going through a major economic diversification process. For your job search, you'll have access to free personalized assistance through the various resources available in the region. For more details about job opportunities in the region, go to our Employment section or the SANA websites.

Mass transit (Top)

Will I have access to mass transit in the Mauricie region?


In the region's two largest cities, Trois-Rivières and Shawinigan, you'll have the convenience of a mass transit system (by bus), which will make it easier to move around within these cities. You should also know that several rural communities have a public transport system. For more details about mass transit, go to the Services section or the SANA websites.

Educational institutions (Top)

What are the educational institutions in the Mauricie? ?


The region has a first-rate educational system: primary and secondary schools under the jurisdiction of two school boards (Chemin du Roy and de l'Énergie), as well as private institutions; technical and pre-university education provided at three college-level institutions and several technical and vocational centers; university education at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. For more details, go to the Servicessection, the SANA websites or the Immigration-Québec website, Education section.


Day care (Top)

Will I have access to day care in the Mauricie?


In the Mauricie, you'll find a range of day care services: early childhood centers (CPE), day care centers, private home day care and drop-in day care. As they are provided throughout our region, these services will be readily available wherever you live. You'll even find day care in some of the region's primary schools. Also, prices are affordable (public day care facilities charge $7 a day per child). To learn more about day care services in the Mauricie, go to the different SANA websites or the following websites: Ma Garderie, le Réseau des centres de la petite enfance de la Mauricie et du Centre-du-Québec and Immigration Québec, Education section, where you'll get, among other things, a more detailed description of these various services.


Activities (Top)

What activities (recreational, cultural, outdoors) will I be able to do in the Mauricie?


In the Mauricie region, you'll have the opportunity to enjoy the urban and dynamic lifestyles of our cities as well as the peacefulness and beautiful landscapes offered by our rural communities and the close proximity to nature. With such a great combination, countless opportunities await you. For more details, go to the Quality of life section or What's to do section.


Immigration (Top)

Will I find people with the same ethnic background as mine in the Mauricie?


For several decades, the Mauricie has been a welcoming place for immigrants of various backgrounds and skills. Immigration to the region has sharply increased in recent years. Several factors have induced people to settle here, including the availability of immigrant reception and integration services and the presence of a university of international stature, the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. To learn more, contact the reception services or go to the Mauricie Immigration section.