International priorities

Under its enabling legislation, the Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie (MRIF) is charged with coordinating the Government of Québec’s actions abroad. This is why, in cooperation with other government departments and agencies, it is responsible for tackling key government priorities such as the fight against climate change, the Maritime Strategy, the Plan Nord, and Québec’s identity and culture. To this end, through its network of offices located around the world, MRIF allocates the resources required to achieve the objectives of these priorities.

Plan Nord

The Plan Nord reflects the Government of Québec’s ambition to implement one of the largest sustainable development projects in the world.

Plan Nord

Mindful of the need to combine economic, social and environmental interests, the goal of the Plan Nord is to provide outstanding business opportunities in the mining sector and, at the same time, enhance the development and well-being of local communities, including the First Nations and the Inuit. The Plan Nord applies to all the territory north of the 49th parallel, an area covering nearly 1.2 million square kilometres.

For more information, visit the Plan Nord website.

Maritime Strategy

The mightiest of our waterways, the St. Lawrence River offers unique development opportunities for all regions of Québec.

The Maritime Strategy, which was launched in June 2015, provides for investments in maritime infrastructure and services for companies in order to position Québec as a world player in maritime transportation and related services. It will enable companies to be part of a high value-added logistical process through the development of intermodal transportation hubs and special access to North American markets. The government also wishes to foster the development of knowledge in the maritime sector and encourage international partnerships. Lastly, Québec will become a destination of choice for international cruises with the modernization of the port facilities in Québec City and Montréal.

For more information, visit the Maritime Strategy website.

The fight against climate change

The fight against climate change is a priority of the Government of Québec’s actions on the international stage. Whether by promoting carbon pricing, strengthening partnerships or sharing expertise and best practices, Québec participates in the international efforts required to cope with the impacts of this phenomenon, which poses a major threat to our health, our environment and our economy.

Electrification of transportation

The Government of Québec unveiled the Transportation Electrification Action Plan 2015-2020 on October 9, 2015. An international strategy in the field is currently being developed.

Électrification des transports

For several years now, the Government Québec has been committed to the electrification of transportation for environmental and economic reasons. A variety of programs and measures have been implemented to encourage the electrification of individual, public and freight transportation in Québec. This field offers a host of avenues for scientific cooperation, the export of Québec know-how and business opportunities for foreign investors. Several government departments and agencies are involved in this government priority, which is coordinated by the Ministère des Transports, de la Mobilité durable et de l’Électrification des transports, once again testifying to Québec leadership in the fight against climate change.

For more information, visit

Carbon market

Launched in 2013, the carbon market is at the core of Québec’s strategy to fight climate change.

By setting a price on carbon and allowing the purchase and sale of emission allowances, the carbon market is the cornerstone of an integrated approach aimed at encouraging low-cost greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction projects and promoting a less carbon-hungry economy in Québec. Québec linked its carbon market to California’s in 2014 under the Western Climate Initiative (WCI). Ontario and Manitoba are also planning to set up their own carbon markets and join the ranks of the WCI.

For more information, visit the ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques website.

Culture and identity

Cultural diplomacy is one of the cornerstones of the Government of Québec’s international action and includes the promotion of Québec’s cultural distinctiveness and identity.

Culture et identité

The Government of Québec wishes to strengthen the promotion of Québec’s identity and interests; its economic, cultural and social development; and the international profile of its companies, artists and innovations. The “Culture and identity” priority encompasses issues ranging from education to Québec’s digital strategy and the fight against radicalization leading to violence.

The economic weight of Québec’s cultural sector—a reflection of its creativity—gives real meaning to cultural diplomacy. The presence of Québec artists on the world stage contributes to raising the profile and visibility of Québec. They are its most visible ambassadors.

Last update: 2017-03-17 3:06:29 PM