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Montreal is the metropolis of the province of Quebec. It is the second largest city in Canada, with Toronto being the largest. The population of Montreal is about 1.9 million, with 4 million in the metro area. Quebec City is the political capital but Montreal is the cultural and economic capital of Quebec and the main entry point to the province. Montreal is the second-largest French-speaking (as a mother language) city in the world, behind Paris.

The climate in Montreal has four distinct seasons. The weather is warm to hot during the summer, quite pleasant during the spring and fall, and snowy and cold in the winter, with about 2 meters of snow and rain combined each year.

Montreal is an enormous city, with many things to see and do. It claims to have the most restaurants per capita than any other city in North America. Just a few of the sights to see include the historic Rialto Theatre and Parc Jean-Drapeau, which was the site of the World's Fair in 1967 and is now a lovely park with a man made beach, pool, and outdoor concert venue. The city boasts many prestigious sporting events, theater,music and film festivals throughout the year.

Montreal is known as a mecca for gay and lesbian tourists, largely because Canada has made many laws supporting gay rights and non-discrimination, as well as legalizing same sex marriage.

Montreal, like most major metropolitan areas, has many forms of transportation available, including very modern train, bus and metro systems.

Both McGill and Concordia universities call Montreal home. It is possible for citizens of the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Britain and France to obtain a student visa, which allows for both work and full-time study in Canada, and is good for 6 months. Once a degree from a Canadian university is earned, graduates may work in Montral for a maximum of one year.

Montreal has it's own immigration policies, which means work visas must be obtained with approval from both the province of Quebec and the Canadian government. Because of NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement), skilled professionals from Mexico and the U.S. can obtain a Canadian work visa if they are skilled in certain professions. If one is not a student or a qualified professional, the Immigration Canada website has information about different ways foreigners can legally work in Canada.


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Overview of Montreal

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The City of Montreal, Quebec, CA
Beautiful Montreal
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