In Quebec

As a unique nation within Canada, our work in Quebec recognizes the contextual distinctiveness of communities across the province. With the support of local community leaders, our work considers the following details about the province:

  • The realities of Francophone, Anglophone, Allophone, bilingual, and multilingual communities in the province;
  • The Catholic heritage of the province and the religious and non-religious diversity across the province today;
  • Provincial laws and regulations; and,
  • The population demography.


Total population in private households by religion, in QC (2011)

Source: Statistics Canada. 2013. Quebec (Code 24) (table). National Household Survey (NHS) Profile. 2011 National Household Survey. Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 99-004-XWE. Ottawa. Released September 11, 2013.


Our Quebec Regional Director, Dr. Sivane Hirsch, relates these details to our Quebec programming.


Sivane Hirsch, Ph.D., Regional Director (Quebec), Subject Matter Expert (Intersection of ethnocultural, religious, and linguistic diversity)

Sivane Hirsch is a full Professor at the Department of Education at the University of Québec at Trois –Rivières (UQTR) and the codirector of LEDIR, Laboratoire Éducation et Diversité en Region. She holds a Ph.D. in sociology and education and focuses her research and writings on the challenges of taking into account cultural and religious diversity in the educational system. Her recent studies analyze teachers’ approach to the treatment of acute political subjects in their classroom and challenges while dealing with plural experiences in history teachings, the impact of schools’ “intercultural climate” on immigrant students’ success and the documentation of the implementation of homeschooling support center within an orthodox community. She has co-authored four books and published numerous articles and book chapters on these questions, and is teaching in teachers’ training program on the Quebec’s Ethics and religious culture program and in the postgraduate program on ethical and political issues in education.

She can be reached directly at:

Her publications related to religious literacy are listed on our publications page here: