Report on Meeting with Hélène David, Minister of Higher Education

Your AVEQ representatives met with the Minister of Higher Education, Hélène David, in order to discuss various issues of concern to students. In particular, we spoke about the issue of AVEQ’s research ( on health insurance for international students, and the issues they face. Our research found that serious problems exist with the insurance offered to international students, from refused reimbursements to premiums and service levels which vary widely across Quebec’s universities. The minister expressed a willingness to work with us towards resolving these problems; notably, she committed to following up with involved actors in order to identify possible solutions. The issue of the remuneration of internships, a key matter for AVEQ relating to the accessibility of education, was also briefly discussed.

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