MONTREAL - Quebec's months-long conflict over tuition fees shifts to Quebec City today where students and the provincial government will meet for another round of negotiations.

Representatives from the province's four largest student associations are scheduled to take part in talks this afternoon with the province's education minister.

The meeting comes at a crucial time — with thousands taking to the streets nightly in protest and Montreal's peak tourist season fast approaching.

Some student leaders have suggested they may be ready to compromise on the planned tuition hikes.

Leo Bureau-Blouin, the head of one student group, says the talks could represent a last chance for the government to end the conflict.

He says if they don't reach an agreement soon it will be very hard to reach one in the coming weeks, with the protest movement heating up.

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  • Protesters march through the streets of Montreal to protest Quebec governments bill 78, and show support for students on strike against the rise in tuition fees on Monday, June 4, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Peter McCabe)

  • Protesters march through the streets of Montreal to protest Quebec governments bill 78, and show support for students on strike against the rise in tuition fees on Monday, June 4, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Peter McCabe)

  • Protesters bang pots and pans on street corners in downtown Montreal to protest Quebec governments bill 78, and show support for students on strike against the rise in tuition fees on Monday, June 4, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Peter McCabe)

  • Protesters bang pots and pans on street corners in downtown Montreal to protest Quebec governments bill 78, and show support for students on strike against the rise in tuition fees on Monday, June 4, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Peter) McCabe

  • Riot police stand guard as protesters opposing Quebec student tuition fee hikes demonstrate in Montreal, Sunday, June 3, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)

  • Protesters opposing Quebec student tuition fee hikes demonstrate in Montreal, Sunday, June 3, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)

  • Police monitor a march through the streets of Montreal in support of the student strike and protesting against bill 78 on Saturday, June 2, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Peter McCabe)

  • Protesters march in the rain through the streets of Montreal to protest against bill 78 on Saturday, June 2, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Peter McCabe)

  • Protesters march in the streets of Montreal to demonstrate against tuition hikes and Quebec's Bill 78 aimed at controlling student demonstrations Wednesday, May 30, 2012 in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)

  • A man and child participate in a demonstration to oppose Quebec student tuition fee hikes in Montreal, Sunday, May 27, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)

  • Protesters opposing Quebec student tuition fee hikes demonstrate in Montreal, Sunday, May 27, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)

  • A protester opposing Quebec student tuition fee hikes demonstrates in Montreal, Sunday, May 27, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)

  • Protesters opposing Quebec student tuition fee hikes demonstrate in Montreal, Sunday, May 27, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)

  • Protesters opposing Quebec student tuition fee hikes demonstrate in Montreal, Saturday, May 26, 2012. Quebec student leaders are signaling they may be ready to compromise on the core of their dispute with the government, the province's plan to raise tuition. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)

  • Protesters opposing Quebec student tuition fee hikes demonstrate in Montreal, Saturday, May 26, 2012. Quebec student leaders are signaling they may be ready to compromise on the core of their dispute with the government, the province's plan to raise tuition. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)

  • Protesters opposing Quebec student tuition fee hikes demonstrate in Montreal, Saturday, May 26, 2012. Quebec student leaders are signaling they may be ready to compromise on the core of their dispute with the government, the province's plan to raise tuition. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)

  • Protesters opposing Quebec student tuition fee hikes demonstrate in Montreal, Saturday, May 26, 2012. Quebec student leaders are signaling they may be ready to compromise on the core of their dispute with the government, the province's plan to raise tuition. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)

  • A window display shows support to the students protest against tuition fee increases on May 26, 2012 in Montreal. The Quebec government invited student groups for talks to end a three-month conflict over a planned hike in tuition. Montreal, Quebec, Canada. A wave of student protests against tuition hikes in Quebec is evolving into a broader campaign against a hastily passed law that aimed to stifle the demonstrations but has so far reinvigorated them. Protesters took to the streets in pouring rain Friday for a 32nd consecutive night as the focus shifted to the civil rights issues raised by emergency law 78 passed May 18 in the French-speaking Canadian province. AFP PHOTO / ROGERIO BARBOSA (Photo credit should read ROGERIO BARBOSA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • A window display shows support to the students protest against tuition fee increases on May 26, 2012 in Montreal. The Quebec government invited student groups for talks to end a three-month conflict over a planned hike in tuition. Montreal, Quebec, Canada. A wave of student protests against tuition hikes in Quebec is evolving into a broader campaign against a hastily passed law that aimed to stifle the demonstrations but has so far reinvigorated them. Protesters took to the streets in pouring rain Friday for a 32nd consecutive night as the focus shifted to the civil rights issues raised by emergency law 78 passed May 18 in the French-speaking Canadian province. AFP PHOTO / ROGERIO BARBOSA (Photo credit should read ROGERIO BARBOSA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Students march during a protest against tuition fee increases on May 26, 2012 in Montreal. The Quebec government invited student groups for talks to end a three-month conflict over a planned hike in tuition. Montreal, Quebec, Canada. A wave of student protests against tuition hikes in Quebec is evolving into a broader campaign against a hastily passed law that aimed to stifle the demonstrations but has so far reinvigorated them. Protesters took to the streets in pouring rain Friday for a 32nd consecutive night as the focus shifted to the civil rights issues raised by emergency law 78 passed May 18 in the French-speaking Canadian province. AFP PHOTO / ROGERIO BARBOSA (Photo credit should read ROGERIO BARBOSA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Students march during a protest against tuition fee increases on May 26, 2012 in Montreal. The Quebec government invited student groups for talks to end a three-month conflict over a planned hike in tuition. Montreal, Quebec, Canada. A wave of student protests against tuition hikes in Quebec is evolving into a broader campaign against a hastily passed law that aimed to stifle the demonstrations but has so far reinvigorated them. Protesters took to the streets in pouring rain Friday for a 32nd consecutive night as the focus shifted to the civil rights issues raised by emergency law 78 passed May 18 in the French-speaking Canadian province. AFP PHOTO / ROGERIO BARBOSA (Photo credit should read ROGERIO BARBOSA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Residents show their support during students protest against tuition fee increases on May 26, 2012 in Montreal. The Quebec government invited student groups for talks to end a three-month conflict over a planned hike in tuition. Montreal, Quebec, Canada. A wave of student protests against tuition hikes in Quebec is evolving into a broader campaign against a hastily passed law that aimed to stifle the demonstrations but has so far reinvigorated them. Protesters took to the streets in pouring rain Friday for a 32nd consecutive night as the focus shifted to the civil rights issues raised by emergency law 78 passed May 18 in the French-speaking Canadian province. AFP PHOTO / ROGERIO BARBOSA (Photo credit should read ROGERIO BARBOSA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Students march during a protest against tuition fee increases on May 26, 2012 in Montreal. The Quebec government invited student groups for talks to end a three-month conflict over a planned hike in tuition. Montreal, Quebec, Canada. A wave of student protests against tuition hikes in Quebec is evolving into a broader campaign against a hastily passed law that aimed to stifle the demonstrations but has so far reinvigorated them. Protesters took to the streets in pouring rain Friday for a 32nd consecutive night as the focus shifted to the civil rights issues raised by emergency law 78 passed May 18 in the French-speaking Canadian province. AFP PHOTO / ROGERIO BARBOSA (Photo credit should read ROGERIO BARBOSA/AFP/GettyImages)



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  • Police arrest protesters during a demonstration against tuition fee hikes in Montreal on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 Photo: Ryan Remiorz, The Canadian Press

  • Police keep an eye on demonstrators as they march through the streets of Montreal in a protest against tuition fee hikes on Wednesday, May 23, 2012. Photo: Ryan Remiorz, The Canadian Press

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  • Photo: Ryan Remiorz, The Canadian Press