Bill 96 amendment for CEGEP students passes in Quebec legislature

The Quebec legislature has passed an amendment to Bill 96, easing the rules slightly for English-speaking CEGEP students.

Under the amendment, which the ruling CAQ party said it would support two weeks ago, English students wouldn’t be forced to take three of their core CEGEP courses — courses needed in their chosen field of study — in French.

Instead, they have the option of taking three extra French-language courses focused on learning the language. It adds up to 45 hours of education in French.

The CAQ, Liberals and Quebec Solidaire all voted in favour, with the Parti Quebecois members all abstaining.

Other proposed Bill 96 rules affecting CEGEPs, including the enrollment caps for English-language colleges, do not change under this amendment.

This is a developing story that will be updated. With files from Kelly Greig.

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