Nursing in Quebec (montreal)

  1. I am currently a US student in nursing and I am interested in eventually nursing in montreal. What are the primary steps for this? Has anyone had any experience with this process?

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  3. by   Silverdragon102
    You will need to check out the nursing board for Montreal, You need to be fluent in French and will need to sit their nursing exam for Quebec
  4. by   silverhalide
    Do any americans who have been through this process have any advice? steps to follow, etc? I don't think you have to be fluent in french but you have to pass a french exam.
  5. by   Silverdragon102
    You do have to be fluent in French, their website is mainly in French with very little English as far as I can see. If I remember rightly the exam is over 3 days and in French
  6. by   loriangel14
    Check out the similiar threads at the bottom of the page. They have some good information about getting licenced in Quebec. i hear the language exam is very difficult to pass and you have to be very fluent.
  7. by   aidan13
    i work at the montreal general hospital and even though it's an english hospital you still have to be able to express yourself in french because of the french clientele. Though the staff is pretty much bilingual, francophone patients will expect to be talked to in french. And it's also important for you if you want to be able to gather the patient's history. As far as the exam goes it's mandatory for everyone. A collegue of mine who had 20 years of experience in ontario, decided to work in montreal. 3 years later the order realized she hadn't done her french exam. after failing 3 times, they revoked her right to practice in the province until she succeeds the test. so, you might not need to be fluent, but you do need to have a basic understanding of the french language. hope this post helps you out. if you want more info ask the oiiq they'll help you out.
  8. by   just69
    I am about to begin the process which is detailed in English in a PDF file at It is not as complicated as some people make it sound. Basically there are 3 steps:
    1. Your BSN classes have to be reviewed to ensure they meet Quebec equivalents. You might have to take one or 2 additional classes to know about Quebec law as far as nursing.
    2. You do have to pass a test both written and clinical but you can take it in English and you can buy a study guide in English from the Ordre that explains the test and provides sample questions.
    3. You have 3 years to learn basic French.

    Note that until you go through the the 3 steps you are only a nurse with a permit and you will work for reduced pay under a licensed Quebec nurse. You will not be allowed to perform some procedures until you get your Quebec license.
  9. by   silverhalide
    what about the actual paperwork for the process? Where do you obtain that? I would love to exchange e-mails so that we can share information.

  10. by   Teachchildren123
    You have to contact the Ordre des Infirmieres et Infirmiers du Quebec (OIIQ). Call them at the registrariat at 1-514-935-2501.
    Tell them you are a out of Quebec licenced nurse (or to be). Get your licence first in your own state, I think it is a requirement, then you have to pass their own board exam. But first, they have to sent you the package (lots of forms to fill out). You have to pay the fee I think it's about 500$ for them to open your file...
    They will sent you the infos, instructions, be prepare to wait for their decisions... they must be short-staffed there too!
    Be patient, they need nurses there too, but they don't pay as well as in the states so... the decision is in your hands.
    The american nurses want to come to Canada, the Canadians wants to go to the US.

    Good luck!
  11. by   silverhalide
    what is the average salary rate for RN's in Quebec vs. the US? How much is the difference. Also, do they give raises etc..?
  12. by   Teachchildren123
    Most of your questions are answered on; I know because I asked them all! Type the keywords of your question in the search box or just Quebec and the threads will pop out.
    One of the very thorough moderator gave us the link for the salaries; I just copied the link for you here. I still don't know how they count the "echelons/steps". I was told that it is about 1 step=2 years of experience. If you have a bachelor, you get up there faster.
    I went for an interview and I was assured that our prior experience as a nurse is compensated in their step calculation, although, I still don't know for sure if it is equal, the interviewer was new to the job and did not know. I suppose that when I will really need to know I should contact the FIIQ (Federation Interprofesionnal...du Quebec); the nurse's union.
    As for my case, now my US education was approved and they want me to do the "Professional Integration Program for Nurses" for 30 days. Apparently they should pay for it... still a pain to get an appartment near the college or the hospital... blabla and hope the OIIQ say OK, now you can go sit for the exam.
    Well, good luck!
    You have a lot of :typingahead of you and a lot of infos to get started.
    Let us know how things go,
    I might see you in September for the exam.
    Last edit by Teachchildren123 on Dec 8, '08 : Reason: correction
  13. by   silverhalide
    I can't believe the pay for a nurse practioner is so low! Thank You again for the info.
  14. by   Teachchildren123
    Quote from silverhalide
    I can't believe the pay for a nurse practioner is so low! Thank You again for the info.
    It's a real joke, I have a feeling that since the nurse practioner role is very new there that they don't know a valuable the NP can be. In my ICU they are a gem, I wish we could clone them...idea:
    They don't pay much in Quebec in general, hopefully with the new "decret" (due I believe in March 09), the government will be more realistic and + generous. They are losing a lot of new and experienced nurses to burnout, moving to others + lucrative provinces or states...That is what their newspapers such as Le Soleil ( and the FIQ reports anyways...and annual reports of the "Sante et Services Sociaux" that I read yesterday.
    I wish they had agencies for nurses too...