1. Montreal is (pretty) cheap compared to Europe
Of course, Montreal is cheaper than Paris or Lyon or really any other big Francophone city! Firstly, the Canadian dollar has always been weak compared to the powerful euro. The Europeans are happy to live relatively cheaply but still get some European flair. It is extremely expensive to live in the heart of Paris, especially for a newly graduated 20 or 30-year-old. They have to travel long distances from the suburbs to the city centre but in Montreal, the downtown area housing is comparatively affordable.
2. The French feel less judged in Montreal
Many French people have expressed that in Montreal and other Canadian cities, they feel less judged and have less pressure than in their native France. They feel as though they can be themselves and not try to prove themselves to their parents or friends.
3. It’s advantageous for them to study in Canada
The government of Canada reduces school fees for international students from France. Instead of paying the international rate, French students pay the same school fees as other Quebec students. French students will pay less than Canadians students that live outside Quebec. And there are many great business schools in Quebec.
4. The economy isn’t doing too well in France
Since the economic meltdown of 2008, the young and fresh French graduates have a real difficulty in finding jobs in their country. The French economy isn’t doing too well, the unemployment rate has been extremely low in the past few years which makes it hard to find a job. Canada has a lower unemployment rate (7% vs France’s 10.4%) so it makes sense for them to move there.
5. Montreal is the second largest French-speaking city in the world
It’s normal that French people would want to flock to Montreal since it’s the second largest French-speaking city in the world. Most of the French speak only a little bit of English and prefer to speak in their native tongue so they can keep speaking French and practice talking English at the same time!
6. Canada makes it easy for French immigrants to move there
The Canadian government ensures to inform properly any French immigrant interested in moving to a Canadian city. The Canadian government also has a yearly fair in Paris and Brussels at the Canadian Embassy to provide more information to the French and Belgians about immigrating to Canada. The Work Holiday Visa is also very popular in France… Employers will seek French people looking for jobs. Also, Canadians don’t take as long to check equivalent credentials with the French as they do with other countries.
7. Quebec wants to keep its native tongue
Quebecers are happier to have French immigrants live and work in cities like Quebec and Montreal because this means that there are more people with French as their mother tongue. Quebec fiercely defends the French language so they are happy to have more French coming in.
Can you think about other reasons why the French come to Quebec? Did you decide to come live in Montreal as well ? If you want to learn to speak French, Global Lingua offers many language courses for newcomers.