Myndigheterna i Quebeck inför förbud att bära niqab i språkutbildningen.
The woman began taking a French course designed for immigrants at a Montreal college in February 2009 but she refused to remove her niqab while men were present.
The college was initially willing to accommodate her, but eventually balked as her demands escalated.
According to a report in Montreal's La Presse newspaper, she was allowed to give a presentation with her back to the class and asked men to move so they wouldn't face each other.
The breaking point occurred when the woman again refused to take off the niqab, though teachers had stressed it was essential they see her face to correct her enunciation and facial expressions.
In what appears to be a highly unusual move, provincial Immigration Minister Yolande James intervened. Officials from her department, acting with the minister's knowledge, met with the woman to discuss her options.
"The government has specific pedagogical objectives in its French courses," said James's spokesman, Luc Fortin. "We couldn't accept that these objectives, or the learning environment in the class, be compromised."