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7 Feb 2014

Better conditions for French nurses

The Québec-France Agreement on the Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications was signed in 2008 by the governments of France and Québec, and aims to encourage mobility for regulated professions and trades in France and Québec.

French nurses working in Québec will benefit from better working conditions. That is because nursing degrees earned in France before 2012 will be recognized as the equivalent of a Bachelor’s degree earned in Québec.

The French degree (the diplôme d’État d’infirmier) will be accepted for the classification of nurse clinicians employed by establishments under the Ministère de la Santé et des Services Sociaux du Québec.

The announcement was made yesterday by Minister Jean-François Lisée, the Minister Delegate for French Nationals Abroad, Hélène Conway-Mouret, and the Minister of Immigration and Cultural Communities, Diane De Courcy.

“To ensure that Québec continues to be a prosperous society, optimizing our capacity to attract and accommodate talent from around the world is one the challenges we are facing. The Québec-France Agreement on the Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications is a great catalyst for meeting that challenge. I am delighted today by this new classification. It will foster an influx of talent in the health field, where considerable needs exist,” noted Minister Lisée.

“I take great pleasure in joining Jean-François Lisée and Diane De Courcy in announcing this new classification, which will improve the quality of life of my compatriots who are nurses in Québec,” said Ms. Conway-Mouret.

The clarification affects most of the 640 French nurses working in Québec.

The Agreement

The Québec-France Agreement was signed in 2008 by the governments of France and Québec, and aims to encourage mobility for regulated professions and trades in France and Québec. It currently comprises 70 mutual recognition agreements dealing with 63 professions, trades and functions according to official classifications in France and 81 professions, according to official classifications in Québec.

France-Québec Agreement on the Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications



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