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Ministry

Québec’s representative offices abroad

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Ministry

Since when is Québec active on the international stage?

The Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie just celebrated its 50th anniversary, but Québec has been active on the international stage for over one hundred years.

Here are some noteworthy events in its history:

1882 - Appointment of Québec’s first foreign representative, in Paris
1940 - Opening of the Québec Government Office in New York City
1961 - Opening of the Québec Government Office in Paris
1961 - Creation of the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (Francophone University Association)
1962 - Opening of the Québec Government Office in London

1967- Creation of the Ministère des Affaires intergouvernmentales, predecessor of the Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie

From this point onward, the Québec government began not only creating a structure for itself that would ensure more consistent and coordinated international action, but also defined and broadened a role that had up until then been assumed by the Ministère des Affaires fédérales-provinciales.

« Québec now intends to play a direct role, which reflects its personality and its rights in all areas that are fully or partially within its jurisdiction. » – Excerpt from the Gérin-Lajoie Doctrine, the founding principle of Québec’s International Policy

For more information, see the History page.

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How is the Ministry organized?

The Ministry is composed of five main sectors that encompass all the directorates as well as the teams that report to the Deputy Minister:

  • Francophone and multilateral policies and affairs
  • United States
  • Bilateral affairs
  • Coordination of international action
  • Protocol, governance and administration

For more information, see the organization chart.

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What are the Ministry’s current priorities?

The Ministry’s priorities are in keeping with the three main thrusts of Québec's new International Policy, launched on April 11, 2017:

  1. Make Quebecers more prosperous
  2. Contribute to a more sustainable, just and secure world
  3. Promote creativity, culture, knowledge and Québec's specificity

This policy will guide the Québec government’s international action in the years to come.

For more information, see the Québec’s International Policy page.

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What specific services does the Ministry provide and for whom are they intended?

Services provided to the Québec population

Young Quebecers between 18 and 35 years of ages
The Ministry provides logistical and financial support to Quebecers aged 18 to 35, whether they are students or young professionals, so that they may enjoy unforgettable international internships and work experiences through the following programs:

To carry out its mandate, the Ministry is supported in its international activities by a network of partner organizations. Job or internship opportunities are also offered by these organizations, (International Youth Offices of Québec) (in French only), and the International Organisation of the Francophonie. (in French only).

Québec’s international cooperation organizations
The Ministry participates in international solidarity efforts by supporting the activities of Québec’s international cooperation organizations and their partners in southern countries. It has created three programs intended for these organizations:

Eligible Québec companies
The Ministry provides eligible Québec companies with customized assistance for their market expansion projects in the United States through the following program:

Québec business professionals, creators, academics, researchers and institutions
Over the years, Québec has built networks of foreign contacts composed of thousands of leaders and decision-makers in all fields (culture, economy, policy, media, etc.). Québec’s network of representative offices abroad is an invaluable tool that Quebecers can use, whether they are business professionals, creators, academics or researchers.

Through its representative offices, the Ministry provides services, advice and activities adapted to the characteristics of the various countries in its network. The services offered by these offices may vary depending on the importance of the posts (general delegation, delegation, bureau or trade office).

To find out which services are offered by a particular representative office, go to international.gouv.qc.ca, select the country where the office is located and consult the Services section.

Services offered to foreign clients

The international.gouv.qc.ca Web site contains a body of information intended for foreign clients who want to immigrate to, study or invest in, or do business with Québec.

Certain representative offices also provide services to local clients (individuals and companies located in their territory), in various sectors, in order to strengthen relations with Québec. To find out which services are offered by a particular office, go to international.gouv.qc.ca, select the country where the office is located and consult the Services section.

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Which international agreements have been concluded by Québec?

To date, Québec has concluded more than 700 agreements with nearly 80 countries and federated states.

To find out which agreements have been concluded by country or by sector, consult the International agreements page.

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What language does the Ministry and Québec’s representative offices abroad use in their communications?

In accordance with the government’s policy on the use and quality of French within the government, the Ministry and its representative offices use French in their texts, documents and communications of all kinds, including their digital communications, when they are produced for the Québec population.

Needless to say, the reality is different abroad. Public communications may be produced in French and in the language of the territory concerned, since they are meant to help defend Québec's interests and establish agreements or partnerships.

As for digital communications, particularly those published in social media, they may be written exclusively in the language(s) of the territory where the representative office is located.

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Québec’s representative offices abroad

Why does Québec have a network of representative offices abroad?

Québec defends its interests and engages constructively with its foreign partners through its network of representative offices, which are located in the world’s major economic and political decision-making centres.

Depending on the importance of the posts (general delegation, delegation, bureau or trade office) and the relations maintained with the host countries, representative offices provide services in the sectors of activity that fall within the constitutional jurisdiction of Québec, which are:

  • economy
  • education
  • culture
  • immigration
  • public affairs

Québec’s network of representative offices abroad is constantly changing. It adapts to the global situation and the needs of Québec society. It enables Québec to be present at the right places at the right times.

For more information, see the Offices abroad page.

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What types of activities do Québec’s representative offices abroad perform on a daily basis?

The staff members of Québec’s representative offices woEst-ce que je peux travailler dans une représentation? rk toward achieving tangible results for Québec society. They contribute to Québec’s development by helping:

  • Québec companies with the processes and efforts involved in breaking into new markets;
  • promote Québec's expertise in innovation, science and technology;
  • attract foreign investments;
  • promote Québec, recruit and select potential immigrants;
  • market Québec’s events and cultural products abroad;
  • attract foreign students to Québec's educational institutions;
  • organize political meetings with foreign decision-makers;
  • conduct Québec visibility activities with political and economic decision-makers, opinion leaders and civil society.

The services offered may vary from one office to another, depending on the importance of the posts (general delegation, delegation, bureau or trade office) and the relations maintained with the host countries.

To find out which services are offered by a particular office, go to international.gouv.qc.ca, select the country where the office is located and consult the Services section.

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Can I work at one of Québec's representative offices abroad?

Québec’s representative offices abroad staff internships and jobs that fall within their area of responsibility in accordance with local practices and laws. To obtain information on their internship and job offers, please e-mail them your request.

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Studying and immigrating

How do I apply for financial aid to study outside Québec?

To apply for a financial aid program for studies outside Québec, you must contact the ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur. You can also consult the youth programs (in French only) of the Secrétariat à la jeunesse.

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How can I find out which scholarships and bursaries are available to foreign students?

To find out which scholarships and bursaries are available to foreign students, visit the Web site of the ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur.

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How do I immigrate to Québec?

For all information about immigrating to Québec, consult the Web site of the ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion.

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Last update: 2018-06-11 2:53:58 PM