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Air Richelieu Foreign students
The Diploma of College Studies (DCS) issued by Quebec’s Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur is the only diploma that gives you access to permanent residence through the PEQ (Quebec Experience Program)!

Are you an aspiring pilot currently living outside of Canada?

Canada and Quebec are known for the quality of life they offer, allowing everyone to feel safe and at home. Quebec stands out for its friendly people, the professional opportunities it offers, its values of tolerance and its cultural diversity. The chance to speak both French and English is a great benefit for students hoping to pursue their piloting career, as bilingualism is a determining factor in this field. Not only will students need to interact with foreign students, but French-speaking students will also be required to take courses in English to improve their ability to communicate in an English-speaking work environment.

Quebec’s weather is also an important factor: the rapid variations in weather conditions in Quebec allow students to quickly improve their decision making, as well as encouraging them to prepare their flights carefully. As a result, these conditions help develop the future pilot’s skills.

Montréal and its surroundings are an exceptional setting for students. The city’s unique character, its quality of life and its cultural and artistic diversity make studying here a truly memorable experience. What’s more, you only have to travel 20 minutes from Montréal to enjoy parks, green spaces and wildlife reserves for a taste of Canada’s natural beauty.

Where do I start?

Step 1

Prepare your immigration file

You must prove to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) that your motivation to come to Canada meets their requirements

Step 2

Obtain your Certificat d’Acceptation du Québec

To study in Quebec, you must obtain a Certificat d’Acceptation du Québec (CAQ).

Step 3

Obtain your study permit

As soon as you obtain your Certificat d’Acceptation du Québec (CAQ), you must apply for a study permit online.

Step 4

Apply for your visa (if required)

Consult the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website to find out whether you need a visa to enter Canada.

Step 5

Obtain your official study permit

When you arrive at customs at the airport, your official study permit will be issued. It is important to have original versions of the required documents with you.


Frequently asked questions

What facilities does Air Richelieu have?
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You can tour part of the school via Google. Click here!

We have a large fleet that includes various aircraft models, from the simplest to the most sophisticated, as well as three state-of-the-art simulators.

The college sites are located all around the Saint-Hubert airport. The college is composed of multi-storey buildings with classrooms equipped with projectors and whiteboards. It also offers free WIFI, as well as a restaurant and a lounge.

Can I get financial assistance?
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Canadian or resident students enrolled in a college program:
Canadian or resident students in a college program are eligible for two types of funding.

Government financial assistance:
Student Financial Assistance, provided by the Government, is intended as a “living allowance” and entitles the student to approximately $1,000 per month, depending on the applicant’s file.

Student loans:
Students can benefit from student loans granted by banking institutions. Most of our students apply to the Caisse Desjardins de Saint-Hubert.

Canadian or resident students in the modular program:
Like students in the college program, Canadian students are eligible for student loans from their banking institution. However, they will only be eligible for Student Financial Assistance if they are in the college program.

Do you offer accommodation options for international students?
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You can either rent a room with a host family or find a studio or apartment—to suit any budget—near the school. Typically, rent is between $400 and $800 per month. We can help you with your search.

What are the course schedules?
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Modular training:
For the practical component, the schedule is flexible according to the student’s availability.

College training:
Monday to Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Is the training offered in French or English?
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We offer courses in both languages, depending on the students’ language skills.

What facilities are available at Saint-Hubert Airport?
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Air Richelieu is based at CYHU airport (Saint-Hubert), which is the second largest airport in Quebec and has three runways. The airport is controlled, which allows you to develop your fluency with radio communications in controlled airspace. As the airport is located in the centre of Quebec, you will have a wide choice of destinations during your flights. The airport is also equipped with all types of instrument approaches, providing you with well-rounded experience during your IR-ME training.

Is my training eligible for a tax refund?
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Foreign students
If you choose to work in Canada after your training, you can reclaim your training fees in the form of tax credits.

Canadian or resident students:
Training costs are tax-deductible. Several factors will determine the amount repaid, including your financial situation, current job, etc.

What is your graduation rate?
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The success rate is above the national standard set by Transport Canada due to the many preparatory assessments done with all students.

I need to make a payment!
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Application fees can be paid by credit card online when you apply.

In person at the school

  • Cash
  • Credit or debit card

Certified cheque or money order from a Canadian institution only
Payment should be made payable to AIR RICHELIEU and sent to

Air Richelieu Accounting Department
5800 Route de l’Aéroport
Saint-Hubert QC J3Y 8Y9

When sending the payment, you must attach a letter containing the following information:

  1. First and last name at birth of the recipient in our account (Student)
  2. File identification number (FILE-AZ170901, INF-AZ170901, ADM-AZ170901 or MEES permanent code)

Important note about payment: If the letter is not included, your payment will not be applied to your application.

Bank transfer: Please add CAD$15 to the amount of the transfer for bank charges.
Here is the information you need to provide to your banking institution to make a transfer:

Financial institution 0815 (Caisse Centrale Desjardins, Montréal, Canada)
Name of recipient: Aéroclub de Montréal Inc / Air Richelieu
Recipient’s full address:
5800 Route de l’Aéroport,
Saint-Hubert, QC
J3Y 8Y9
Tel: 450-445-4444
Fax: 450-926-0430
Institution number: CC081530087 (CC 0 institution 3 transit 5)
Account number: 0815300874901872 (0 institution 3 transit 5 account 7)

Bank contact information:
5045 Cousineau Blvd.
Saint-Hubert, QC
J3Y 8K7
Tel: 450-443-0047
Fax: 450-676-5050

You must notify the sending of the payment by sending an email to This email should contain the following information:

  1. Beneficiary’s first and last name at birth in our account (Student)
  2. File identification number (FILE-AZ170901, INF-AZ170901, ADM-AZ170901 or MEES permanent code)
  3. Sender Account Holder’s First and Last Name at Birth
  4. Date of bank transfer
  5. Name of your banking institution

Important note regarding bank transfer: If the email is not received, your payment will not be applied to your request. In addition, the transfer can take 2 to 3 weeks to arrive.

Air Richelieu means…

Safely getting you off the ground for an exciting, fulfilling career!

Students who choose Collège Air Richelieu have great ambition and put the work in to reach their goals. The exceptional quality of our services and client support makes Collège Air Richelieu the top choice for aspiring pilots.

Since 1993

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