Digital Competency Framework

The Digital Competency Framework is a structural measure of the Digital Action Plan for Education and Higher Education that takes into account every level of Québec’s education system.


The aim of this framework is to foster the development of digital competency throughout the educational community so that Quebecers may be autonomous and exercise critical judgment in their use of digital technologies. Digital competency is essential in today’s world, in which technological innovations are transforming the labour market and the skills employers are looking for. It is therefore vital that teaching practices and programs be adapted and include digital competency in order to prepare future workers for the challenges of tomorrow.

The stakeholders involved in the development process

The Ministère mandated the Groupe de recherche interuniversitaire sur les impacts pédagogiques des technologies de l’information et de la communication (GRIIPTIC) to carry out the research. GRIIPTIC analyzed more than 70 frameworks from some 17 countries, which made it possible to formulate recommendations specifically for Québec.

In the spring of 2018, further consultation was carried out with education and higher education stakeholders: teachers, education consultants (particularly those belonging to the Réseau pour le développement des compétences par l’intégration des technologies [RÉCIT], the Network of ICT Respondents [ITREP Network] or the university community) and librarians at every level of education.


A pedagogical guide and a development continuum have been produced to facilitate the implementation of the Digital Reference Framework.

  • The general objective of the Pedagogical Guide is to help all education and higher education stakeholders undertake pedagogical planning or educational projects to develop digital competency.
  • The Digital Competency Development Continuum defines the scope of the elements of the 12 dimensions of digital competency and situates them on a progress matrix consisting of three possible levels: beginner, intermediate and advanced.

The website also ties in with the Digital Reference Framework. This website is intended for anyone interested in developing their digital competencies while having fun. In addition, it enables users to find out more about the 12 dimensions of digital competency presented in the Digital Reference Framework. The website is constantly evolving and will be updated on an ongoing basis.

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