On January 17, 2010, the Government of Quebec made the decision to render driving courses mandatory, a new turning point in road education. “To train a new generation of drivers is to teach them to behave rather than just drive.”—Government of Quebec.
The theoretical driving course is taught in a very interactive way. We solicit the opinions of our young clients and encourage teamwork to allow students to interact and discuss different situations related to driving and road safety. Our mission is to train a new generation of drivers who are aware of the risks associated with driving and using the road.
Training is divided into 4 phases consisting of alternating theoretical modules and practical outings. The program developed by the SAAQ comprises 12 modules of 2 theoretical hours and 15 outings of 50 minutes on the road, for a total of 24 hours of theory and 15 hours of practice. We strongly recommend 3 hours of accompanied practice between each of the road outings with the instructor of the driving school.
Phase 1 (Pre-Apprenticeship Licence)
It contains 5 theoretical modules. The 5th module is a written examination of 30 questions that the student must pass in order to obtain the certificate enabling him to go to the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) for his vision test and to pay for his learner’s licence.
Phase 2 (Directed Driving)
At the theoretical module 6, the driving companions are invited to attend the course. This includes an exchange on different driving situations by comparing the views of experienced drivers versus apprentices. After this module, the student will continue by alternating 2 50-minute outings on the road and a theoretical class.
Phase 3 (Semi-Directed Driving)
This phase consists of 3 theoretical modules and 6 road outings. The student will undergo two formative assessments at outings 5 and 10.
Phase 4 (Semi-Directed to Autonomous)
Phase 4 lasts a minimum of 56 days. After 10 months of holding the learner’s licence, the student is eligible for the SAAQ theoretical examination. Outing 15 is a synthesis outing which aims to be a final revision of the content seen and practised during the last year.
NB: you must have completed the entire theoretical program and the 15 road outings successfully to obtain the certificate of the driving school with the “successful” mention in order to be eligible for the final road examination with the SAAQ assessor.
Students may begin the theoretical course 1 month before their date of birth, i.e. at 15 years and 11 months.
The written contract must be signed by a parent or legal guardian (for minors).
Additional Products and Services
- Additional hours for students enrolled at the École de conduite des Îles;
- Additional hours in preparation for the SAAQ examination for students from other driving schools;
- Additional hours from driving standard vehicles;
- Additional hours on the driving simulator for students with special learning disabilities or for the practice of specific maneuvering;
- Practice hours prior to assessment with an occupational therapist;
- Rental of a school vehicle for the SAAQ road test.
The cost of the driving course is $825, taxes and textbooks not included. This is the price established by the Government of Quebec and billed to the student by the majority of driving schools in Quebec. ***Please note that a new increase price came into effect on April 1, 2020, for all driving schools in the province of Quebec. Information relating to this effect will be communicated when classes resume, currently suspended due to the COVID19.
From 24 to 48 hours before the start of the course, a PARENT-STUDENT meeting (for children under 18) is scheduled to introduce the program and regulations of the driving school, to complete the student’s file and choose the payment options that suit you best.
For the first theoretical class, a payment is required; the equivalent of the first instalment, taxes and textbooks. The balance may be spread over 11 equal instalments, without interest, which are distributed over the total duration of the course.
For more information and registration:
Phone: 418 986-5056 or 418 986-6565