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Official Quebec Stenographers

Through its stenography committee (Comité sur la sténographie), the Barreau du Québec oversees the training of stenographers, evaluates their skills and knowledge, grants accreditation and oversees disciplinary matters.

Becoming a stenographer

To be entered on the official roll of stenographers, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • pass the examination of the stenography committee or pass the theoretical test of the examination and hold a legal authorization to practice stenography issued by a competent authority;
  • not have been convicted of a criminal offence related to the practice of stenography;
  • pay the annual membership dues;
  • take an oath before a judge of the Superior Court.

Regular and supplemental examinations

Note Dates for future stenography committee examinations will be posted shortly.

Note Once you have registered for the examination and your registration is confirmed by the stenography committee, we will send you the location and detailed schedule of the examination.

If you wish to take the examination, please complete the registration form and read the instructions for candidates.

The registration form and the necessary documents must be returned by email or mail. To speed up registration, we recommend that you send the form and documents by email.

Comité sur la sténographie
445 Saint-Laurent Blvd, 4th floor
Montréal, Quebec  H2Y 3T8
comite.steno@barreau.qc.ca.

Educational institutions recognized by the stenography committee

The stenography committee recognizes that there are institutions that issue an attestation of studies that is equivalent to that issued by the École de sténographie judiciaire du Québec, allowing candidates holding attestations of studies from these institutions to be admitted to the stenography examination administered by the committee.

List of institutions recognized by the stenography committee

  • Académie de sténographie officielle du Québec / Court Reporting Academy of Quebec
  • Chartered Shorthand Reporters Association of Ontario (CSRAO)
  • Institut Grandjean de Paris
  • Institut France Quitard de Paris
  • International Realtime Court Reporting Institute (formerly the American Realtime Court Reporting Institute)
  • Northern Alberta Institute of technology (NAIT)
  • South Carolina School of Court Reporting (SCSCR)
  • Canadian Center for Verbatim Studies (recognized until December 31, 2014)*
  • Collège Georges Brown, Ontario (recognized until February 27, 2018)*

* If your attestation was issued after the date mentioned, it is not recognized by the committee.

If you hold an attestation or diploma from one of these institutions, or if you wish to apply for recognition of an educational institution that is not listed, please contact the stenography committee by email at comite.steno@barreau.qc.ca.

Roll of stenographers

The purpose of the roll of stenographers of Quebec is to help lawyers find qualified and recognized stenographers. The stenography committee is responsible for managing the roll and ensuring compliance with the rules of professional conduct.

Note The Barreau du Québec is responsible for managing the roll of stenographers but does not provide a referral service.
Only stenographers whose name appears on the roll may be designated as stenographers and act as such.

Membership dues

Membership dues must be paid no later than May 1 of each year. The dues are $300 for the first year and $700 for each year after that.

Accreditation and disciplinary powers

The roll of stenographers was created by the Regulation respecting the training, skill and knowledge evaluation, accreditation and discipline of stenographers (see also O.C. 753-2016 of August 17, 2016), which came into force on May 1, 2006. The Regulation sets out the conditions for admission to the profession and contains provisions of professional conduct and the procedure to follow if the rules are violated.

The establishment of the roll of stenographers does not create a professional order as such, but it has all the characteristics of such an organization.

Stenographers entered on the roll are accredited by the stenography committee.

No one may present themselves, pretend to be or act as a stenographer unless they are entered on the roll of stenographers.

Protecting the public and penalties

Since the Barreau du Québec’s primary mission is to protect the public and its stenography committee has disciplinary powers, complaints against stenographers may be addressed to the committee.

Complaints against stenographers or former stenographers alleged to have violated the Regulation respecting the training, skill and knowledge evaluation, accreditation and discipline of stenographers, the Stenographers’ Act (c S-33) or any other Act or regulation imposing a duty on stenographers must be made in writing and sent to the stenography committee.

By filing a complaint with the Comité de discipline des sténographes, the stenographers’ disciplinary committee, the person filing the complaint obtains the status of complainant. Complainants have the burden of demonstrating to the disciplinary committee that the stenographer committed the alleged errors or made the alleged omissions.

We recommend that you use the form provided for this purpose.


445 Saint-Laurent Blvd, 4th floor
Montréal, Quebec   H2Y 3T8
comite.steno@barreau.qc.ca

Disciplinary decisions

Name Date Decision
Mrs Paulette Houde June 21, 2022 2019-11-26
Mrs Paulette Houde May 31, 2021 2019-11-26
Mrs Sarah Ouellet May 31, 2021 2019-07-15
Mrs Georgette Savoie et Mr Marc Bolduc May 13, 2021 2018-01-30
Mrs Georgette Savoie et Mr Marc Bolduc August 7, 2020 2018-01-30
Mr Roger Bédard May 16, 2019 2018-06-27
Mr Roger Bédard December 14, 2018 2018-06-27
Mrs Cindy Lavertu June 27, 2016 2015-12-16
Mrs Pier-Jade Duchaine March 30, 2016 2015-06-25
Mrs Danièle F. Tassé March 2, 2016 2013-03-20
Mr David Delderfield December 1, 2016 2015-03-20

Resources

Roll of official stenographers of Quebec For a list of official stenographers who can help you

See the roll

Notice of stenographers removed from the roll

See the roll

École de sténographie judiciaire du Québec For more information about training, admission requirements and job opportunities

Go to the site

Stenography committee

Read more

Write to the secretary of the committee

comite.steno@barreau.qc.ca

Documents