Draft Regulation to amend the Regulation respecting financial assistance for education expenses
In a letter to Hélène David, Minister responsible for Higher Education, the Québec Ombudsman conveyed its comments on the draft Regulation to amend the Regulation respecting financial assistance for education expenses.
The draft regulation proposes tightening of the criteria for recognition as a resident of Québec. This amendment implies that some students who qualified for financial assistance will no longer be eligible after the regulation comes into force. The Québec Ombudsman suggested that a transitional provision be introduced so that students who qualified before remain qualified, provided they are still enrolled in the same study program.
Furthermore, the Québec Ombudsman was critical of the withdrawal of the notion of “superior force” (grounds for late filing of an application for financial assistance) from section 95 of the Regulation respecting financial assistance for education expenses. It recommended that this notion be maintained because students are ensured some security if they have cause to invoke it.