Canadian accords

The Canadian federal government enters into various bilateral and multilateral accords with foreign partners concerning matters under the constitutional jurisdiction of the provinces.


Definitions

Bilateral: which commits Canada and another State.

Multilateral: which commits Canada and several other States.


In Canada, constitutional law and practice have confirmed the exclusive power of the provincial governments to implement such accords within their respective territories when they concern matters under their jurisdiction.

In Québec, the Minister of International Relations must see to Québec's interests during the negotiation of an accord concerning such matters, and ensure and coordinate its implementation.

In accordance with the Act respecting the Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie, the Québec government must, in order to be bound by an international accord made by Canada and to give its assent to Canada's expressing its consent to be bound by such an accord, make an order to that effect.

Currently, Québec has declared itself bound by 14 bilateral and multilateral accords entered into by Canada.

Canadian accords are displayed with authorization from the Treaty Section of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada.

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Reference number: Ex.: 2010-AC01

                    

Last update: 2017-07-19 4:40:57 PM