The Permanent Code in Quebec

Before you begin an education cycle in Québec, you will need to obtain a permanent code.

This is a combination of 12 numbers and letters that is used (and issued by the Ministère de l’Éducation (MEQ) (du Loisir et du Sport) to identify each individual student that is enrolled and attending an educational institution in the province. It consists of (in order):

  • first three letters of your last name
  • first initial
  • day of birth
  • month of birth plus 50 (only if you are female)
  • last two digits of your year of birth
  • Two numbers issued by the MEQ

Photo Credit:, NEC of America, cc


If you have attended an educational institution in Quebec, you will already have a permanent code in Quebec, and it will be shown on a transcript or report card. However if you have not attended an educational institution here, you will need to apply for one.

To do this, you’ll need to supply your educational institution with the appropriate documents. These include an original and official document that states:
  • Your legal name (including first name and any other legal names)
  • Your sex
  • The date and place of birth (including city and country)
  • Your parents names (if applicable)

Documents that satisfy these requirements include birth certificates, Canadian citizenship cards, permanent residency cards, study permits, name change certificates and adoption certificates.

If you do not have one document that provides all the necessary information required for a permanent code in Quebec, you may need to submit a supplementary document to cover all the bases. You should know that a permanent code in Quebec doesn’t translate to residency in the province.

If you have been given a permanent code in Quebec by the MEQ but cannot remember it, you can contact the regional office of the MEQ to obtain it. You will be required to provide your first and last name, place of birth, date of birth, first and last names of your parents and your sex, as well as an official document that certifies your identity (this can be an immigration document for those born outside of Canada, or a birth certificate if you were born in Canada).

We at hope this helps!


Planning on obtaining a Permanent Code or studying in Quebec? Sign up for and get full access to “The Guide.” Read the “Preparing & Moving,” “Formalities on Arrival,” “Education,” and “Studying” chapters for more information on this topic.


Here more great info on being a student in Quebec:


About Catherine

It’s always been easy for me to have lots of love for Canada. As a native Canadian, I enjoy a both the vibrant cities full of excitement for young people, and the many opportunities to explore more remote parts of the country too. In my day-to-day life, it’s important for me to live an eco-friendly and health-conscious lifestyle. I like to take my kids on outings to the apple orchard in fall, a sugar shack in the spring, and to the many city parks during winter for ice skating, cross country skiing and snowman building. What better way for me to show my thanks to Canada then to help others with their journies of relocating to the country? I hope that I, and the rest of the team, can help ease your mind during your transition. Il n’a jamais été difficile pour moi d’aimer le Canada. En tant que Canadien d’origine, je profite d’une ville dynamique, riche en activités pour les jeunes mais aussi de possibilités pour explorer d’autres endroits du pays. Dans ma vie quotidienne, il est important pour moi de vivre en respectant l’environnement et la santé. J’aime amener mes enfants dans les pommeraies l’automne, dans une cabane à sucre au printemps et dans les nombreux parcs de la ville pour patiner en hiver, faire du ski de fond et des bonhommes de neige. Aider les autres dans leur relocalisation dans ce pays est une des meilleures façon de remercier le Canada. J’espère que l’équipe de et moi pourrons vous soulager dans votre période de transition. //