Québec’s International Policy

Québec has its own specific role to play on the world stage. As a credible and responsible actor, Québec is guided in its actions by a central principle: its jurisdictions at home are also its jurisdictions beyond its borders. Drawing on its network of representations abroad and established practices, Québec defends its interests and engages its international partners in a constructive way.

Québec’s international actions unfold in a changing world that is increasingly fragmented and uncertain. Economic turmoil, climate change, demographic trends, inequalities and a rising tide of terrorist attacks all generate tensions. Confronted with a broad array of emerging challenges, Québec is adapting its actions and focusing its ambitions with respect to two imperatives that underpin its prosperity and values: economic openness and inclusion. It is a willing partner and, when needed, a leader. It promotes a vision of globalization that fosters economic growth in keeping with the principles of sustainable development.

Many of the changes sweeping the world today, including technological innovation and the fulfillment of the aspirations of millions of people to lift themselves out of poverty, can be a source of opportunities for Québec, its workers, young people, researchers, artists and entrepreneurs. Québec’s ability to grasp these opportunities depends on its capacity to adapt and forge alliances.

Québec’s International Policy sets forth three major thrusts that will guide the government’s international actions in the years to come:

These thrusts respond to the interests and concerns of economic, institutional, cultural and associative stakeholders, as well as youth representatives, experts and the public at large, who were consulted in the course of the policy development process. They ensure continuity with Québec’s modern-day international actions and are also consistent with the challenges facing Québec at the international level. The result of a concerted approach by the government, this policy reflects the vitality and creativity of an increasingly diverse group of actors who contribute to promoting Québec on the international scene and whose successes reflect on all of Québec society.

Québec builds on its specificity, creativity and networks to ensure that its international relations develop and flourish. It aims to deepen its historic relations in North America, Europe and the Francophonie and increase its presence in Asia, Africa and Latin America. It also works to ensure Québec’s voice is heard in international forums active in its areas of interest and whose work might have an impact on the exercise of its jurisdictions. Québec intends to gradually add to its arsenal of intervention tools, taking into account changing circumstances while at the same time respecting the principle that successful diplomacy requires long-term effort and commitment.

Québec will attain the objectives of its international policy through effective diplomacy, innovative approaches and the commitment on the part of all government departments and agencies. To foster stakeholder cohesion and ensure optimal implementation of the policy, a new approach to the governance of our international actions will be put in place, both within the government and through the creation of formal mechanisms for consulting civil society and municipal stakeholders.

Compared to Québec’s 2006 international policy and previous versions, Québec on the World Stage : Involved, Engaged, and Thriving innovates by establishing a limited number of inclusive policy thrusts and by setting objectives with respect to international mobility, value chains, digital technology, Arctic and northern issues and climate diplomacy. Québec will also step up its efforts in the areas of economic and trade partnerships, international solidarity, security, culture, science, the Francophonie and human rights and freedoms, especially gender equality and respect for the human rights of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

Putting Québec’s international actions to work

  • Increased investment in international relations will make it possible to further deepen Québec’s historic relationships with partners in North America and Europe, and increase its level of engagement in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
  • A new approach to the governance of international affairs will be put in place to foster collaboration among all stakeholders in the implementation of the policy.

Last update: 2017-05-30 2:16:43 PM