Eligibility and Law 14

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1. Law 14 Impacts on English Colleges

The Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur (MES) provide John Abbott College access to the Ministry’s database that confirms each student’s eligibility for education in English. At the time of admission or shortly thereafter students are identified as either having eligibility or not. Using this information students are then placed into the appropriate program grid.

All students, whether they have an Eligibility Certificate or not, are still allowed and welcome to apply to John Abbott College.

There are four major items that particularly impact English colleges in Law 14:

  1. Priority admissions to students with a certificate of eligibility to receive instruction in English holders(ayants droit)
  2. Additional French Language Courses OR Program Courses in French
  3. Language Exit Exams
  4. Fixed Cap on Admissions

2. Students starting in Fall 2023 – Language Exit Exams

All college students in Québec must pass a language exit exam to receive their diploma of college studies.

Prior to Law 14, students at John Abbott College had to pass the English Exit Exam before receiving their Diploma.

As of Fall 2023, students eligible to receive instruction in English will still be required to pass the English Exit Exam while students who are not eligible to receive instruction in English will be required to pass the French Exit Exam (l’Épreuve Uniforme de Français) at the end of their program. Students required to write the French Exit Exam will need to take one additional French Course (which will replace a complementary course) to ensure they are adequately prepared to be successful on the exam.

3. Student starting in Winter 2024 – Priority admission to those eligible to receive instruction in English

For Fall 2023, students will be admitted on the basis of their academic record, regardless of their high school.

As of Winter 2024, students eligible to receive instruction in English will receive priority admissions. More information on how this priority will be applied will be available later this year.

Priority of admission does not equal guaranteed admission into a college or program of choice. Applicants will still have to respect admission requirements in order to be admitted into any given program.

We remind you that all students, whether they have an Eligibility Certificate or not, are still allowed and welcome to apply to John Abbott College.

4. Students starting in Fall 2024 – Additional French language courses or program courses in French

Students admitted to the Fall 2024 semester who are eligible to receive instruction in English will have to take courses in French. These students will have the following option:

  • Three additional French language courses (courses to improve their French); OR
  • Three program courses in French

Students admitted in the Fall 2024 semester who are not eligible to receive instruction in English will take, as part of their program:

  • Three courses in French (program courses given in French)

This requirement is new, since all students currently complete their courses in English, with the exception of second language courses.

5. Eligibility to receive instruction in English

The Ministry of Education provides information to verify if you are eligible or to find out how to obtain a certificate.

6. Fixed Cap on Admissions

English colleges are now subject to an admission cap. The total number of students registered in all English colleges across Québec cannot exceed 17,5% of the total number of students in all colleges, French and English combined, in Québec.

At John Abbott College, this means we cannot have more than 6385 day division students. This number is similar to our current student population.

Updated January 11, 2024

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