Welcome to City-Data.com Forum!
U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > World Forums > Canada
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Old 07-14-2008, 12:52 PM
1 posts, read 6,375 times
Reputation: 10


Hi we are a British family (parents and 3 children) who have lived in France for the last 7 years. We are considering a move to french speaking Canada. Our children are completely fluent in French and are achieving well in the french education system. We are both graduates of the Uk university system who have had a number of successful small businesses, within the UK and (surprisingly) in France. We speak french too, but not as well as the children!

Can you give us any help, ie which areas to look in, (not too city based but enough people around to run a small business and have good schools) comments on the education system. Housing and pricing in areas and our eligibility to immigrate.

Many thanks for any help
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Old 07-14-2008, 01:36 PM
Location: Gatineau, Québec
26,883 posts, read 38,163,149 times
Reputation: 11652
The province of Quebec is the heartland of French-speaking Canada, and French is the main everyday language throughout most of Quebec in the same way that it would be in France (although the variety spoken is somewhat different and takes some getting used to - a matter of days or weeks at the most I’d say). Think of moving from the UK to Texas and having to adjust to the differences in spoken English...

Quebec does have public English-language schools for its English-speaking minority (about 8% of the population) but it sounds to me that you intend to continue your children’s French schooling. In any event, English schools in Quebec are only for children of parents went to school in English in Canada. So all immigrant children in Quebec go to school in French.

Outside Quebec (and perhaps extreme northern New Brunswick on the east coast), English is the main language, although French schools are present in all of the larger cities and provincial capitals. Some smaller communities in the English majority provinces may also have French schools when numbers and local history warrant them.

Note than outside of Quebec and areas of Ontario and New Brunswick adjacent to Quebec (say within 200 km or so), many smaller Canadian cities with populations in the 10,000 to 75,000 range will usually only have public schools teaching in English.

The education system in Canada resembles the American system somewhat and is quite different from that of France. Quebec’s is also slightly different from the other provinces, however it too is more similar to the American model.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-18-2008, 07:22 AM
Location: Cary, NC
355 posts, read 1,504,804 times
Reputation: 203
You could consider Laval (near Montreal) and Quebec city. Laval provides an easy access to Montreal.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-18-2008, 07:47 AM
Location: Montreal, Canada
21 posts, read 78,215 times
Reputation: 12
i totally agree with mkal, but it depends where exactly you want to move and what kind of place you are looking for..

Montreal is really big, i know it my heart every little corner hehe this is the city where everybody works.

Laval is a great city, i lived there about 6-7 years. There's some places you have to be careful but not that much. If you want to buy a house or rent an appartment with 3 childrens maybe its better for you to stay out of montreal.

The great cities near montreal are :
north : laval. South : longueuil. brossard, boucherville.

What about quebec city! This a really nice city, but people dont really speak english there... you can look for sainte-foy and beauport, and l'ancienne lorette this is places near quebec city.

If you want to live where its french and english, you can consider gatineau-hull.

Do some researchs on the web, maybe to look what kind of job you want or what kind of life you wanna live.

I do especially LOVE magog and sherbrooke, i lived there a year and it was so quiet! People talk to everybody and both city are nice!

If you have any question about the province of quebec just tell me, and ill answer you.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-18-2008, 11:09 PM
5 posts, read 13,574 times
Reputation: 11
Although it isnt in Quebec, I think Sudbury, Ontario fits your criteria. Sudbury is a city of roughly 160,000 and nearly 30% of the population speak French as their first language. Because it is situated in Northern Ontario, housing tends to be a little bit cheaper than other similar sized communities.
There is a great French language school board(CSCNO) based in Sudbury, and unlike Quebec there is also French Immersion schools.
The only other city I would recommend in Ontario would be Ottawa, however it is more expensive.
If you need anymore info just ask!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-19-2008, 03:48 PM
Location: Montreal, Canada
21 posts, read 78,215 times
Reputation: 12
i have to say that sudbury is a great city, there's is boreal college, its a french college... this is not too big and thats pretty.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.

Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > World Forums > Canada

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2024, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Contact Us - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 - Top