Accommodation for Newcomers in Quebec
Immigration Accommodation in Quebec
As a new immigrant arriving in Quebec one of the first tasks is to find short term and long-term accommodation in Quebec for you and your family.
Your first accommodation on arriving in Quebec may be temporary. This is ok, and is the route that most new migration arrivals in Quebec take. Some individuals opt of a good hostel or Serviced Accommodation in Quebec, while some are lucky enough to be able to stay with family or friends in the area. Most new arrivals take a short-term rental while they look for something long term. As with any city, it’s always easier to find someplace new to live once you are already there and Quebec is no different.
Accommodation for newcomers in Quebec guide
You’ve been through the stress and emotional roller coaster involved with securing a visa for Canada and you’ve chosen Quebec as your destination. It’s a charming place with plenty or heritage. Quebec is well known to be extremely welcoming to new migrants.
Here is some background on Quebec for new immigration arrivals.
Quebec (; French: Québec [kebɛk] (listen)) is one of the thirteen provinces and territories of Canada. It is bordered to the west by the province of Ontario and the bodies of water James Bay and Hudson Bay; to the north by Hudson Strait and Ungava Bay; to the east by the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and the province of Newfoundland and Labrador; and to the south by the province of New Brunswick and the U.S. states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York. It also shares maritime borders with Nunavut, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia. Quebec is Canada’s largest province by area and its second-largest administrative division; only the territory of Nunavut is larger. It is historically and politically considered to be part of Central Canada (with Ontario).
Quebec is the second-most populous province of Canada, after Ontario. It is the only one to have a predominantly French-speaking population, with French as the sole provincial official language. Most inhabitants live in urban areas near the Saint Lawrence River between Montreal and Quebec City, the capital. Approximately half of Quebec residents live in the Greater Montreal Area, including the Island of Montreal. English-speaking communities and English-language institutions are concentrated in the west of the island of Montreal but are also significantly present in the Outaouais, Eastern Townships, and Gaspé regions. The Nord-du-Québec region, occupying the northern half of the province, is sparsely populated and inhabited primarily by Aboriginal peoples.
The climate around the major cities is four-seasons continental with cold and snowy winters combined with warm to hot humid summers, but farther north long winter seasons dominate and as a result the northern areas of the province are marked by tundra conditions. Even in central Quebec, at comparatively southerly latitudes, winters are severe in inland areas.
Quebec independence debates have played a large role in the politics of the province. Parti Québécois governments held referendums on sovereignty in 1980 and 1995. Although neither passed, the 1995 referendum saw the highest voter turnout in Quebec history, at over 93%, and only failed by less than 1%. In 2006, the House of Commons of Canada passed a symbolic motion recognizing the “Québécois as a nation within a united Canada”.
While the province’s substantial natural resources have long been the mainstay of its economy, sectors of the knowledge economy such as aerospace, information and communication technologies, biotechnology, and the pharmaceutical industry also play leading roles. These many industries have all contributed to helping Quebec become an economically influential province within Canada, second only to Ontario in economic output.
Finding Immigration Accommodation for Newcomers in Quebec
Most searches begin with a search engine. Local papers in Quebec may well be online and of course, listing sites such as Craigslist and Rentfaster Quebec can be of great help.
What is the cost of short term accommodation in Quebec
The cost of short-term newcomer accommodation in Quebec varies greatly depending on requirements and neighborhoods. Lots of new arrivals to Quebec use Airbnb to give them an indication of short term rental process in Quebec and also the option to book with confidence and security.
Another website that offers the same accommodation as Airbnb but at less cost is Book Direct and Save
Rental accommodation in Quebec for newcomers
One you decide to rent an apartment or house there are certain things specific to Canada to keep in mind. For example, make sure to agree who pays for utilities, and who is responsible for removing snow!
Property owners and landlords will usually require payslips or proof of income, bank statements and occasionally they may require references from previous landlords although lots of new immigrants to Quebec were homeowners in their previous country. Sometimes it does help to already have secured employment in the greater Quebec area.
All renters in Quebec have rights, so you need to familiarize yourself with those rights before you sign any agreement. Thankfully there are a number of Organizations set up in Quebec to help. These are called Newcomer services and a list of these can be found here: newcomer service
Newcomer subletting in Quebec
Sometimes when a renter leaves for a few months they will sublet their accommodation. Quite often they leave some furnishings behind and for some newcomers to Quebec this can be an ideal option, especially if you’ve yet to buy furniture or if your shipment is delayed.