Immigration Accommodation in Québec Canada
As a new immigrant arriving in Québec one of the first tasks is to find short term and long-term accommodation in Québec for you and your family.
Your first accommodation on arriving in Québec may be temporary. This is ok, and is the route that most new migration arrivals in Québec take. Some individuals opt of a good hostel or Serviced Accommodation in Québec, 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 Québec is no different.
Accommodation for newcomers in Québec Canada guide
You’ve been through the stress and emotional roller coaster involved with securing a visa for Canada and you’ve chosen Québec as your destination. It’s a charming place with plenty or heritage. Québec is well known to be extremely welcoming to new migrants.
Here is some background on Québec for new immigration arrivals.
Quebec (, sometimes //; French: Québec [kebɛk] (listen)) is one of the thirteen provinces and territories of Canada. Quebec is the largest province by area and the second-largest by population. Much of the population lives in urban areas along the St. Lawrence River, between the most populous city, Montreal, and the provincial capital, Quebec City. Quebec is the home of the Québécois nation. Located in Central Canada, the province shares land borders with Ontario to the west, Newfoundland and Labrador to the northeast, New Brunswick to the southeast, and a coastal border with Nunavut; in the south it borders Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York in the United States.
Between 1534 and 1763, Quebec was called Canada and was the most developed colony in New France. Following the Seven Years’ War, Quebec became a British colony: first as the Province of Quebec (1763–1791), then Lower Canada (1791–1841), and lastly Canada East (1841–1867), as a result of the Lower Canada Rebellion. It was confederated with Ontario, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick in 1867, beginning the Canadian Confederation. Until the early 1960s, the Catholic Church played a large role in the social and cultural institutions in Quebec. However, the Quiet Revolution of the 1960s to 1980s increased the role of the Government of Quebec in l’État québécois (state of Quebec).
The Constitution Act, 1867 incorporated the present-day Government of Quebec, which functions within the context of a Westminster system and is both a liberal democracy and a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system. The Premier of Quebec, presently François Legault, acts as head of government. Québécois political culture mostly differs on a nationalist-vs-federalist continuum, rather than a left-vs-right continuum. Quebec independence debates have played a large role in politics. Quebec society’s cohesion and specificity is based on three of its unique statutory documents: the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms, the Charter of the French Language, and the Civil Code of Quebec. Furthermore, unlike elsewhere in Canada, law in Quebec is mixed: private law is exercised under a civil-law system, while public law is exercised under a common-law system.
Quebec’s official language is French; Québécois French is the local variety. The economy of Quebec is diversified and post-industrial. Quebec’s substantial natural resources, notably exploited in hydroelectricity, forestry, and mining, have also long been a mainstay. Quebec is well known for producing maple syrup, for its comedy, and for making hockey one of the most popular sports in Canada. It is also renowned for its culture; the province produces literature, music, films, TV shows, festivals, folklore, and more.
Finding Immigration Accommodation for Newcomers in Québec Canada
Most searches begin with a search engine. Local papers in Québec may well be online and of course, listing sites such as Craigslist and Rentfaster Québec can be of great help.
What is the cost of short term accommodation in Québec
The cost of short-term newcomer accommodation in Québec varies greatly depending on requirements and neighborhoods. Lots of new arrivals to Québec use Airbnb to give them an indication of short term rental process in Québec and also the option to book with confidence and security.
Another website that offers the same accommodation as Airbnb.
Rental accommodation in Québec 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 Québec were homeowners in their previous country. Sometimes it does help to already have secured employment in the greater Québec area.
All renters in Québec 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 Québec to help. These are called Newcomer services and a list of these can be found here: newcomer service
Newcomer subletting in Québec Canada
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 Québec this can be an ideal option, especially if you’ve yet to buy furniture or if your shipment is delayed.