French courses2023-06-15T20:58:18-04:00

You wish to learn French? You speak some French, but wish to improve your level? CANA can help you.

CANA understands that learning French is a key factor in the integration of newcomers who want to settle in Quebec.

We are therefore committed to your integration by offering francization courses.

French is the official language of Quebec. Learning French will help you adapt to your new job and your daily life (grocery shopping, interacting and meeting people, taking part in cultural activities, sports etc.)

In collaboration with the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI), CANA offers free, part-time, in-person French courses. These courses are delivered by MIFI teachers in an educational and fun environment.

After passing each level, you receive a MIFI certificate. This document can serve as proof of language proficiency for your permanent residence and/or Canadian citizenship application.

Students can receive a $28 financial assistance per school day, as well as reimbursement of childcare fees of $9 per school day per child. . CANA provides limited childcare drop-in spaces for children who do not have childcare services.

In you have any more questions, please write to

Our French Courses

Prochaine session :

July 10 to September 24, 2023



  • Mornings: Monday to Thursday, 9 to 12 pm
  • Evenings: Monday to Wednesday, 6 to 9 pm

* Availability may be subject to change according to demand.

Registrations for Francization

Please note that as of June 1st, registrations for francization are no longer done at CANA. you must complete your registration for the French courses on the web site ‘’Francisation Québec’’ 

At the question ‘’Lieu de formation et disponibilité’’, select the administrative region of Montreal, and ‘’lieu de formation’’: CANA Carrefour d’aide aux nouveaux arrivants.  

We are availlable at the office every Monday and Wednesday, from 1h pm to 4h pm and Friday from 9h am to 12h pm, to help you fill the application online. No appointment needed.

Please note that the next semester will be from July 10th to September 24th. 

Conversation workshops

Would you like to practice French on a regular basis in a friendly and fun environment?

French conversation workshops are  free at CANA, they are organized in groups of 10 people who already have an intermediate or advanced level. There are several sessions throughout the year, participation is required for the entire session.

These workshops are an opportunity for people learning the French language to maintain and improve their oral expression and comprehension skills.

French learning

Learn the basics of French!

We offer French learning workshops for people who have no notion of the French language. Our main objective is to familiarize you with the basic concepts of the French language. By registering in this program, you will benefit from learning simple vocabulary and practicing activities such as :

  • Role-playing.
  • Reading aloud.
  • Doing small projects.

The program is 7/8 weeks, each workshop takes 1.5 hours. The program is in collaboration with La Maison du Monde.

Conversation and Cultural Outings

You want to put your learning into practice while meeting new people? CANA organizes cultural group outings throughout the year.

To know about upcoming events dates, see our calendar section.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much allowance do I get?2023-06-06T11:35:46-04:00

If you are eligible, you can receive $28 per day of class. Payments are made once a month. To be eligible, you must meet the following conditions:

  • Having one of the following immigrant statuses: accepted refugee/protected person, International student, temporary worker, permanent resident, naturalized Canadian citizen
  • Not receiving social assistance or employment insurance benefits, parental leave or sick leave
What are the conditions to be eligible for the MIFI Francization courses?2021-11-18T10:26:58-05:00

To be eligible, you must meet the following conditions:

  • Being 16 years of age or older
  • Have completed at least 9 years of education in your lifetime
  • Being an immigrant, regardless of status 
Who is eligible for reimbursement of childcare costs?2021-11-18T10:27:51-05:00

MIFI reimburses $9 per school day, per child, for your childcare costs. Payments are made once a month. 

To be eligible for reimbursement of childcare costs, you must meet the following conditions: 

  • having one of the following immigrant statuses: accepted refugee/protected person, international student, temporary worker, permanent resident, naturalized Canadian citizen
  • Attending the course on the days for which you are claiming reimbursement. For example, if you are attending classes from Monday to Wednesday, and your child goes to childcare from Monday to Friday, you will only get reimbursement for 3 days (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday). 
How long after completing a francization course will I receive my MIFI diploma?2021-11-18T10:34:39-05:00

Once you complete a francization level/module, MIFI sends you a certificate approximately 3 months after the end of the session. The end of a block should not be confused with the end of a Level/Module. Two or three blocks of courses are usually required to complete a level/module. 


What level of French is required by immigration for a Canadian citizenship application?2021-11-18T10:46:59-05:00

To apply for Canadian citizenship, you must complete Level 4 of francization. This level corresponds to Intermediate Level (Level/ Module 2). To apply for permanent residence on the basis of Quebec experience, Level 7 must be completed.  This level corresponds to the Advanced Level (Level/Module 4).

What level is considered functional in French?2021-11-18T10:35:27-05:00

This can vary from person to person. However, once the Intermediate Level (Module 2) is completed, a person should be increasingly at ease in more sustained conversations. It should be possible to speak using more complex sentences and different verb tenses. It is important to remember that each person develops at his or her own pace.

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