Health Sciences Calendar
2005 - 2006

5.3.4 Requirements for Licensure

For licensing in the Province of Quebec, requests must be addressed to the Order of Nurses of Quebec (OIIQ) (Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec)
4200, boulevard Dorchester Ouest
Montreal (Québec)   H3Z 1V4
Telephone: (514) 935-2505; Toll Free: 1 (800) 363-6048
The Order of Nurses of Quebec administers the professional examination graduates planning to work in Quebec. As well as writing the professional examination, in accordance with Article 35 of the Charter of the French Language, health professionals entering practice and in order to practice nursing in Quebec after graduation from the School of Nursing who graduated before 1986 from an English Quebec high school or individuals who graduated from an English high school, outside of Quebec, candidate MUST pass a French Language Proficiency Licensure Examination administered by the Office Québecois de la Langue Française. Students who obtained their Quebec high school diplomas after 1986 or who studied at least three years full time in French at the secondary or post-secondary level are not required to write the French language examination. Information about the examination can be obtained at
Students are eligible to write the French Language Proficiency test in the last two years preceding completion of their degree in Nursing.
Generally, licensure is required in the jurisdiction in which the nursing program is completed. Once this has been received, reciprocal arrangements for licensure in other jurisdictions may be made. Graduates may have to write more than one licensure examination. Therefore, it is recommended that graduates contact the jurisdiction in which they plan to practice nursing early in the program.

International students are strongly urged to contact the licensing body of the country in which they intend to practice as early as possible in order to have complete information on the requirements for licence.

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