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Study Pathways to Permanent Residence in Canada | Introduction of English Montreal School Board (EMSB)

Montreal in Canada is a bilingual city, and schools are naturally divided into English schools and French schools. I wonder if you have heard of EMSB (English Montreal School Board)?

EMSB (English Montreal School Board) is the largest public English school board in Montreal, Quebec. According to statistics from the Ministry of Higher Education for seven consecutive years, this school board also has the highest student graduation rate in Quebec. Of course, in Quebec, a French-speaking province, even English schools have a considerable number of courses taught in French. This provides an excellent language environment for those children studying here, allowing them to acquire English and French at a level close to their native language without any effort.

The biggest advantage of the Montreal English School Board

  1. Government approval required for admission

In order to protect the existence of French, Quebec formulated the “French Language Charter” in 1977, also known as Bill 101. This bill makes detailed provisions on whether Quebec teenagers should receive education in English or French. In principle, children whose native language is not English must attend French schools.

According to Bill 101, if a child wants to enroll in an English school, he or she needs an approval letter from the Ministry of Education. In addition, EMSB does not have strict residential address requirements for students. As long as the school has a location, students outside the area can also apply. If it is confirmed that you can apply for EMSB, parents need to bring their children’s information to the Education Bureau to go through the registration procedures before reporting to school.

   2. The proportion of English teaching in each school is not the same

Citizens of Montreal can generally switch between English and French with ease. This is of course due to the city’s demographic structure and is also inseparable from the bilingual education in schools. EMSB is named the English Education Board, but in fact the schools under it are all bilingual.

On the other hand, taking the primary school level as an example, its affiliated schools have a total of three language models. One is French immersion (French Emmersion). Before the third grade, all classes are taught in French. Starting from the third grade, 68% of the courses are in French. Teaching, 32% of the courses are taught in English; the second is the bilingual model, with English and French courses accounting for 50% each; the third is the English core model, 68% of the courses are taught in English, and 32% of the courses are taught in French.

   3. Management by Quality Education Bureau

The management of EMSB can be said to be of very high quality, and the Education Bureau invests heavily in each school. Most schools are spacious, bright, clean and tidy. Many classes are equipped with multiple computers, IPADs, and even Lego, robots and other teaching aids, and children often receive free extra meals during class. The curriculum is also very lively and diverse, and there are often projects that encourage children to participate, such as handicraft demonstrations, scientific experiment competitions, etc. The teaching is closer to American or British education, which not only focuses on written scores, but also focuses on the overall cultivation of students. Myself and my children have both attended schools affiliated with EMSB and have very fond memories of this education bureau and school.

   4. Professional education leaders

The Quebec Education Bureau not only manages primary and secondary schools, but part of their work is vocational education. Vocational education is post-high school education, equivalent to community college. As the name suggests, vocational education is an education program designed for direct employment. Students learn a skill in one to two years, and after passing the graduation assessment, they can directly enter the job market. What needs to be pointed out in particular is that a graduation certificate from vocational education is equivalent to a job qualification certificate. In other words, as long as you get a diploma, you will get an admission ticket to the relevant profession.

Provide vocational education courses and subjects

EMSB has six vocational education centers under its jurisdiction, offering dozens of majors. It was the first education bureau to launch the PEQ study abroad program, and it is also the education bureau that has done the most in PEQ study abroad. Since most compatriots in the country have zero basic knowledge of French, enrolling in majors taught in English is their first choice.

Learn French while studying professional courses, two tracks in parallel, which is the most efficient and time-saving operation. So far, thousands of international students have realized their dreams of living and working here with the help of EMSB.

Courses include:

  1. RTC: Computer graphics technology, digital printing, industrial drawing, mechanical technology, CNC machine tools, electromechanical automation, welding and assembly, cabinet making, furniture painting and other courses.
  2. Pius: Courses in professional cooking, pastry making, food and beverage service, secretarial, legal secretarial, computer graphics technology, hotel reception, travel sales, hotel reception, professional sales, sales representative, etc.
  3. Shadd: Accountant, pharmacist assistant, health care facilities assistant, computer graphics technology and secretarial.
  4. LMAC: Beauty, electroacupuncture, hairdressing and automotive mechanics.

Application process

  1. Send application form
  2. Obtain admission
  3. Obtained CAQ issued by Quebec Immigration Bureau in 3 weeks
  4. Pay off tuition
  5. Apply for a student visa
  6. It takes 5 to 8 weeks to obtain a student visa
  7. School notification of registration date
  8. Registration at school (settlement and agency services are also available)

You can apply for immigration through Stream A after graduation

Vocational training (available for employment and immigration)

  • Father or mother participates in vocational training + employment
  • Children under 18 can attend local schools for free
  • English and French bilingual teaching
  • Available for admission at any time

You can apply for immigration after graduation. As long as you meet all the conditions of Stream A, you can submit an immigration application to the Canadian Immigration Agency!

  • no age limit
  • For “Canadian graduated international students”, those who have graduated from DLI post-secondary college courses in Canada within the validity period (including: two-year diploma, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral courses) can directly apply to the Canadian government and submit immigration information to become a permanent student. resident.

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The above is the introduction and advantages of EMSB. If you want to know more about local life information before immigrating to help you in your future immigration life, you must contact our professional team. Stay with Simard & Associates to get more information about immigrant life abroad. Interested friends are welcome to consult!


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