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Meet the challenges of integrating in Quebec
Scientists agree that there are three phases in the process of integration, and you won’t escape them! it all starts with a few week long honeymoon, during which everything is beautiful, new, and exciting. Next comes the depression phase with the return to reality and the first difficulties. The third phase is adaptation, where we accept the differences and integrate them into our daily lives.
The basics are laid out, you will experience some difficult moments. The questions are: how to prepare and hold on for the duration? What resources exist? How do I find my place in Quebec society?
Here are some responses that will permit you to better understand integration in Quebec.
There is not one integration, but several integrations
Integration is a social process, it’s the desire and the capacity to live together with respect for the values of the country. It’s a bilateral engagement that comes form the immigrant but also from the society that welcomes them.
There are several integrations: cultural, professional, and personal. Some take more time than others.
When you arrive in Quebec, you can very easily adopt the habits of social and professional lunch like preparing the lunch boxes of your children or eating quickly in front of your computer at noon.
At the same time, you might have all of the trouble in the world in trying to change your family practice of eating dinner at 8 pm (here, we eat around 6 pm). As a result, your will miss the popular program “Unité 9”, which will dominate water cooler discussions among your colleagues in the morning.
Integrating in Quebec doesn’t stop there, it’s above all about accepting and sharing the values of Quebec society today. These are explained by Quebec’s history.
It’s the perfect way to start your integration in Quebec: learn about its history, it’s passionate and you will be an informed immigrant!
Je me souviens
Is it the difficulty of winter that draws people together and breeds solidarity, or the catholic power of yesteryear that solicited revolt and emancipation? Since the first settlers, the successive waves of immigrants had to face large challenges. It’s the force of battles and patience that forged the values of the people of Quebec today. They are attachment to identity and respect for differences.
Diversity is accepted in all its expressions and no one is discriminated against for their religion or their sexual orientation.
Believers from around the world:
To integrate in Quebec, we will not ask you to renounce your religious signs, but, regardless of your religion, you must accept being served by a public servant wearing a kipa, being seated next to a veiled woman in the metro, and seeing to men embrace in the street.
The charter of the French language
Quebec is very attached to its French language. It is defended by a law that passed in 1977: the charter of the French language (Loi 101). Its consequences range from changing the names of certain brands—KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) is called PFK (Poulet Frit du Kentucky)—to restricting access to English language public schools.
Francophones from around the world:
To integrate in Quebec, we will not ask you to erase your accent, but learning québécois French is welcomed, and, on a cold winter day, you will put on a tuque and mittens and go outside, you will get stuck in traffic, and you won’t find any parking anywhere because of the giant snow banks.
Precise codes of communication are the foundation of all societies. In Canada and in Quebec, the codes of communication are based on respect for others. Politeness is omnipresent, civility is well established, and admiration for the police and the fire departments is without doubt. They are considered to be daily heroes.
Citizens from around the world:
To integrate in Quebec, we will not ask you to join the armed forces, but some hours of charity work will be very much appreciated. Standing in line before climbing into the bus is indispensable. Listening to the advice of your colleagues and learning to give yours without raising your voice will enable you to pass your days at work calm and without stress.
Focus on professional integration
It’s without a doubt the most difficult life transition for integrating in Quebec. Whether you must find a job or integrate into a new position, you will be knocked off balance by the challenges that await you: remake your résumé, communicate effectively, understand the job market, prepare for interviews, interact with your colleagues… Getting a job and keeping it represent one of the major challenges of your immigration. But the road is long and strewn with unexpected pitfalls. You arrive with diplomas, experience, knowledge, and you have to start again from zero.
Don’t face these challenges alone!
Unfortunately, too many immigrants return to their country of origin due to a failure to integrate.
The investment and energy spent to just to arrive in Quebec merit a happy ending.
Facilitate your integration by getting the help of professionals, coaches in integration, in transition, and in job searching.
C&G Relocation has developed a network of partners who can respond to your expectations so you can flourish in your new life in Quebec.