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A prosperous, attractive and friendly capital city, Québec is the cradle of French civilization in North America. The only fortified city north of Mexico, Québec has managed to retain its European flavour and highlight its extraordinary rich heritage.


Québec Facts

Population: 765,705 (2011)

Situated on the north shore of the majestic St. Lawrence River, Québec is located at the mouth of the Saint-Charles River and the Cap-Rouge River. The city is largely built on a hill, of which the northeast point, abrupt and situated right above the river, is called Cape Diamond.

Québec’s seasons are very distinct, and conversation about weather is a daily occurrence.

A prosperous, attractive and friendly capital city, Québec is the cradle of French civilization in North America. The only fortified city north of Mexico, Québec has managed to retain its European flavour and highlight its extraordinary rich heritage.

Beyond its beauty, Québec is first and foremost a city that offers an unparalleled quality of life to those who come to settle there. In fact, many welcome and support services have been set up to help newcomers settle in smoothly.

In 2011, the city of Québec was chosen as one of the Smart21 Communities in the Intelligent Community Awards organized by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF). Québec is also one of the Top 10 Large Cities of the Future 2011/2012 in the American Cities of the Future 2011/2012 rankings by the British fDi Magazine.

City of Québec features

  • Seat of the provincial government provincial (departments and agencies).
  • Intense and varied cultural activities, for all budgets.
  • Many key assets, including an efficient freeway system, an ultra-modern international airport, a rail network extending to all of Canada and the United States, and a deep water port open all year long.



In 2011, the city of Québec population was 765,705 (2011 Census). In all, there were 32,880 immigrants living there, or 4.3 per cent of the population (2011 National Household Survey) and, between 2006 and 2011, 10,665 immigrants arrived in the city of Québec, or 1.4 per cent of the immigrant population at that time.

Countries of origin
The following are the top 10 places of origin of the immigrant population: France, Other places of birth in Africa, Colombia, Other places of birth in Europe, Other places of birth in Americas, China, Morocco, Other places of birth in Asia, Algeria, United States.

First languages spoken
French, English, Spanish, Arabic, Portuguese.

Catholic, No religious affiliation, Other Christian, Muslim, Pentecostal, Buddhist.

Countries of origin

These are the 30 most common birthplaces of immigrants to the city of Québec.

Country of Origin Total Immigrant Population (2011) Immigrants Arriving 2006 – 2011
France 6,485 1,955
Other places of birth in Africa 4,070
Colombia 2,570 1,540
Other places of birth in Europe 2,055
Other places of birth in Americas 1,715
China 1,710  335
Morocco 1,455  595
Other places of birth in Asia 1,450
Algeria 1,215  385
United States 1,210  95
Germany  750  60
Bosnia-Herzegovina  750
Haiti  725  145
Romania  675  170
Mexico  660  280
Vietnam  625  110
Chile  435
Italy  410
Portugal  370
Peru  345  90
Lebanon  325  55
El Salvador  310
Russian Federation  310  130
United Kingdom  280  35
Poland  190  20
Egypt  185  30
Ukraine  160  65
Iran  150  70
South Korea  135
Japan  130  50

‡ Statistics Canada did not publish data for some countries of origin for recent immigrants.
Source: Statistics Canada (2011 National Household Survey)

First languages

These are the top 10 first languages (mother tongues) spoken by people who live in the city of Québec.

Mother Tongue Number (2011) % of Population (2011)
French 723,265 95.6%
English 14,560 1.9%
Spanish 6,135 0.8%
Arabic 3,850 0.5%
Portuguese 1,170 0.2%
Vietnamese  845 0.1%
Chinese, n.o.s.*  725 0.1%
Italian  700 0.1%
Romanian  685 0.1%
Bosnian  675 0.1%

* Not otherwise specified.
Source: Statistics Canada (2011 Census of Canada)


These are the religions that are present in the city of Québec.

Religion # of Adherents (2011)
Catholic 628,675
No religious affiliation 89,585
Other Christian 12,335
Muslim 6,760
Pentecostal 1,730
Buddhist 1,660
Christian Orthodox 1,525
Baptist 1,160
Other religions  945
Anglican  750
United Church  470
Hindu  365

Source: Statistics Canada (2011 National Household Survey)

Housing Information


Average rents
In the city of Québec, the average monthly rents in April 2013 were $629 for one-bedroom apartments, $763 for two-bedroom apartments and $876 for three-bedroom apartments.

Vacancy rate and availability
The vacancy rates in April 2013 were 1.8 per cent for one-bedroom rental apartments, 2.1 per cent for two-bedroom apartments and 1.2 per cent for three-bedroom apartments. These were the proportions of rental apartments that were vacant and ready for move-in.

The proportions of apartments that were vacant or for which the present occupant had given notice to move out were 5.9 per cent for one-bedroom apartments, 6.5 per cent for two-bedroom apartments and 3.0 per cent for three-bedroom apartments.

Home purchase prices
In the city of Québec, the average house price, in 2012, was $259,117.

For more up-to-date information, see CMHC's Housing Market Information website, and the Canadian Housing Observer.

Housing help

Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation – Housing information for Newcomers

This agency can help you find housing:

Services Québec – Renting a Home

National housing resources

This agency offers advice specifically for immigrants:

Homebuying for newcomers
Free government information in eight different languages



Québec is a city where the service sector dominates. As Québec is the capital of the province and the seat of the National Assembly and the Government of Quebec, services represent the basis of the city’s economy, with 85 per cent of the jobs concentrated in this sector.

High technology is one of the city’s major development axes, which is why the area has the greatest concentration of research and technology transfer centres in the province of Quebec. The expertise of the city’s researchers in advanced sectors contributes to the renown of its industrial park.

Key driving sectors

Applied technologies
Optics, photonics, electronics, software, information technology services, geomatics, video games, defence and security.

Life sciences, health and nutrition
Biotechnologies, biomedical, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, functional food, agri-food processing.

Processed materials
Plastics, composite materials, secondary wood processing

Job search help

This website could be helpful:

Support for immigrants with their socio-professional integration
Centre R.I.R.E. 2000, tel.: 418-780-3942.

The Immigration et Communautés culturelles Quebec website provides other useful links.

Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Québec – Immigration

Private employment services may also be available.

Business start-ups

The professionals at the Québec local development centre can help you get your business up and running. The following website also provides a few links to help you with your immigration and entrepreneurial process.

The following other links can be found at www.ville.quebec.qc.ca/nouveaux_arrivants/:

Association des femmes entrepreneures immigrantes de Québec (AFEIQ)

The AFEIQ helps and supports immigrant women who have or want to start up a business with the development of their companies. The association supports all entrepreneurial initiatives and plays a business incubator role.

Entering the workforce

This organization helps immigrants evaluate foreign credentials:

World Education Services

Help with your integration
This city website proposes some employment assistance organizations: www.ville.quebec.qc.ca/en/nouveaux_arrivants/index.aspx

Centre R.I.R.E. 2000
Support for immigrants with their socio-professional integration.

Internships for immigrants

Immigrant adaptation assistance services

© 2010. City of Québec. All rights reserved.



University studies

The Université Laval has some 4,000 foreign students from 112 countries, and foreign professors account for 23 per cent of the teaching staff. The university offers nearly 400 undergraduate and graduate programs and has 17 faculties covering all areas of knowledge, making it a comprehensive university of international scope. For more information, visit www.ulaval.ca.

The École nationale d’administration publique (ENAP) has the mission of contributing to the development of public administration, both as a field of knowledge and as a field of practice. It therefore offers graduate programs, research activities, services to public organizations and international development activities. For more information, visit www.enap.ca.

The Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) is one of the nine institutions in the Université du Québec network—a university dedicated to research and graduate studies. For more information, visit www.inrs.ca/.

College, pre-university and technical studies

Depending on the programs, Cegeps award college degrees, vocational diplomas and college certificates.

Cégep Garneau offers a wide range of study programs: 4 pre-university programs, 14 technical programs, and 3 one-semester programs. Visit www.cegepgarneau.ca/.

Cégep Limoilou is a leading-edge institution of higher learning that offers 43 training profiles and programs in a wide variety of fields. For more details, visit www.cegeplimoilou.ca/le-cegep.

Cégep de Sainte-Foy offers a multitude of pre-university and technical programs. For more details, visit www.cegep-ste-foy.qc.ca/csf4/programmes/preuniversitaires-et-techniques/

Champlain St. Lawrence is an English-language public college offering regular and continuing education pre-university and technical programs. With a multiregional structure, this college meets the needs of various linguistic and cultural communities. For more information, visit www.slc.qc.ca/.

Collège Bart is a vocational training centre, with programs leading to college degrees or certificates. Visit www.bart.qc.ca/site/.

Elementary and secondary schools

Elementary and secondary schools (for children and youth) are listed on the following websites:

Adult education and continuing education

Cégep Limoilou offers continuing education in the form of adult education programs and recruitment, as well as prior learning and skills assessment and recognition. Visit www.cegeplimoilou.ca/le-cegep.

Cégep de Sainte-Foy offers development courses and programs leading to college certificates as well as prior learning and skills assessment and recognition; the continuing education offered meets various needs. For more information on the fields of study, visit dfc.cegep-ste-foy.qc.ca/accueil/a-propos-de-nous/.

Collège Mérici offers a continuing education program leading to college degrees or certificates. For details, visit www.merici.ca/.

Private schools may also be available.

Community Services


In an effort to attract newcomers, the City of Québec adopted a municipal policy on welcoming, integrating, and retaining immigrants: www.ville.quebec.qc.ca/publications/docs_ville/politique_accueil_integration_personnes_immigrantes.pdf

  • Principle of inclusiveness
  • Equal access to service delivery
  • Employment equity, multiculturalism and anti-racism initiatives

This policy can be accessed from www.ville.quebec.qc.ca/en/nouveaux_arrivants/decouvre/index.aspx.

A list of ethnocultural associations is available at www.ville.quebec.qc.ca/en/nouveaux_arrivants/organismes/index.aspx.

Language training

Whether you want to perfect your French or learn English or another language, you can get information from the following organizations:

Ministère de l’Immigration et des Communautés culturelles (MICC), Questions and Answers, Full-time and part-time French courses

École de langues de l’Université Laval

Cégep de Sainte-Foy, Francisation des personnes immigrantes

Community and settlement services

Various organizations work with immigrants:

Citizenship and Immigration Canada
This site provides information on coming to Canada to immigrate, study, work and live and contains forms, policies and regulations, research, publications, services and information on visa offices.

One immigrant’s story


Épiafrica grocery store: on a snowstorm backdrop
By Claudette Samson

Jean-Claude Rutikara and Valentine Mukasafari arrived in Canada in February 1997, ankle-deep in snow.

(Québec) For Jean-Claude Rutikara and Valentine Mukasafari, the smell of a snowstorm still lingers from their arrival in Canada, in February 1997. “The children thought it was fun, but we found it hard,” recalls the 51-year-old man.

But snow or no snow, after fleeing their native Rwanda during the turmoil in 1994, and waiting for two years in Nairobi, Kenya, the couple and their two little ones aged 2 and 3 were glad to land on Canadian soil.

The United States were also ready to welcome them, but the opportunity to live in French, like in their country of origin, weighed in favour of Quebec. Apart from that, they knew nothing about their new country.

Today, the family has four boys, aged 17, 16, 12 and 8. And while the owners of the Épiafrica grocery store, in the Saint-Sauveur district, seem happy with their new life, their beginnings were admittedly not easy.

Like for many newcomers, there were no jobs waiting for them. Jean-Claude, an air operations technician, should have gone to Montréal to have the chance of landing a job in his field, but the government had directed the family to Québec.

He says that a move would have been possible afterwards, but the time of uncertainty had lasted long enough. The couple decided to stay where they had started to take root.

A teacher in Rwanda, Valentine, now 41 years old, did not find work either.

“We told ourselves that we had to do something,” said the man who finally became a grocer in 2004.

At the time, the supply of exotic products was not as abundant in the city of Québec, and many people would go stock up in Montréal. It was a good opportunity.

The shop opened up in the Saint-Sauveur district, close to the immigrant clientele.

“It’s working, our sales are going up every year,” says Jean-Claude proudly.

His clients are 65 per cent African and 20 per cent Latino, with the rest mostly Quebeckers having travelled and wishing to find original products.

Behind the counter, Valentine is all smiles, she who “loves the public” and whose mother ran a small shop.

In fact, she prides herself on knowing the tastes of her clients. “Whether they’re from Togo, Senegal or Ivory Coast, I know what they eat!”

Source and photo: Le Soleil de Québec, July 13, 2011.

Other photos courtesy of the City of Québec.





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