Canada’s land territory covers 10 million square kilometres, making it the second largest country in the world after Russia. It is also one of the richest. In fact, its GDP per capita has increased by 119% in 26 years, making it one of the top ten countries in the world. This country is distinguished by its multicultural society. It is also ranked among the top five in terms of government transparency, civil liberties, quality of life and economic freedom.
Quebec City is a Canadian city of about 8 million people, bordered by the St. Lawrence River, one of the largest in North America. This formidable city is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It also has the most important and oldest sites in the region. The city is steeped in history and its neighbourhoods stand out for their fortified colonial architecture. When you stroll through Old Québec and Place Royale with their stone buildings and narrow streets, you feel like you’re travelling back in time. This neighbourhood is also home to the Château Frontenac Hotel and the incredible Quebec Citadel.
Every winter, the Quebec Winter Carnival takes place, an event long awaited by locals and tourists alike. It is known in particular for its fairy-tale snow sculptures, sleigh rides and ice skating. Marked by the emblematic Ice Hotel: an ephemeral establishment made entirely of ice and snow. This hotel makes a comeback every year and attracts many curious people. The city also has several cultural institutions. There is the Museum of Civilization, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the historic port district, the Old Port…etc.
Composed mainly of Francophones, it currently has more than 100,000 French speakers. It must be said that they can count on the welcome and hospitality of Quebecers. Moreover, the French language greatly facilitates their integration.
The living environment is very pleasant, the working days are short, and the rents are half as expensive as in France. Quebec thus offers a stimulating and safe living environment.
With an area three times the size of France, Quebec is also synonymous with wide open spaces. It has many lakes and rivers, an immense boreal forest, a fjord and a majestic river as well as several national parks. In this way, Canada is opening its doors to newcomers and giving them a chance to succeed and enjoy a good quality of life.
The best thing to do as soon as you arrive in Quebec is to rent a temporary place, or simply start by subletting. This is allowed in Quebec. This will give you the time to look for and find the accommodation that suits you and your expectations. Like all large cities, the rent can vary depending on the neighbourhood, the number of rooms, the age of the building, etc.
The housing rental ads in Quebec are different from those in France:the size In Quebec we refer to the number of rooms to define a dwelling and the bathroom counts as a half (½) so if you are told a three and a half (3 ½), it means that the dwelling has three rooms, often a living room, a kitchen, a bedroom and a bathroom. Semi FurnishedWhen you find an advertisement that states the accommodation is semi-furnished, this simply means that the basic household appliances are included in the rent, e.g. stove and refrigerator.Heating this means that the costs of heating are included in the rent.Hot water, the costs of the energy required for the use of hot water are included in the rent.
To find an accommodation quickly in Quebec the ideal is to search between the months of April and June, in fact the rental of housing in Quebec is for a period of one year renewable from July 1 to June 30. When you visit a home, the landlord may ask you to sign a document called an Offer to Rent. This document will allow the landlord to do a background check on you. Some landlords may ask you for personal information such as your SIN number, driver’s license or health insurance card number, please be aware that you are not required to provide this information and it cannot result in a refusal to rent a unit. The lease is an official document provided by the Régie du logement du Québec. It contains your contact information and that of the landlord, the exact address of the dwelling, the amount of the rent as well as certain mandatory information prescribed by law. A copy of the lease must be sent to you. Usually it takes 10 days following the signature.
Important to know : In Quebec, no deposit or security deposit can be required from you, however the landlord may ask you to pay the first rent.
It can be cancelled only with the agreement of both parties, or only in case of force majeure or special circumstances.
In the case of a one-year lease, it is mandatory to give three to six months’ notice before the end of the contract, otherwise it will be automatically renewed for an additional year.
For a lease of less than one year, one month’s notice is sufficient.
Good to know :in some cases, the owner can impose an increase on you. You will have a month to accept or refuse this increase. If you do not reply, the owner considers it as a tacit agreement. If you refuse, it does not oblige you to leave the accommodation. If the disagreement persists, the dispute between you and your landlord will be settled with the Régie du logement.
If you have to leave before the end of the lease it is possible to transfer it to another person. There is also the sublease that is allowed in Quebec. In both cases it is imperative to respect the terms and conditions of the régie du logement.
Usually the rent is paid every first of the month. It should be noted that in the event of a delay of more than three weeks, the landlord has all these rights to request the cancellation of the lease and the eviction of the dwelling, regardless of the period of the year. In the event of frequent delays, he can also request the cancellation of the lease from the Régie du logement if he suffers serious prejudice.