Main areas of cooperation

Efforts by Québec to develop collaborative relations with Mexico are essentially focused on 6 priority sectors.

Culture

Coordinating instrument

The Quebec-Mexico Working Group (GTQM) is the main instrument for coordinating exchanges between Québec and Mexican authorities. It is responsible for developing and implementing a biennial program of cooperation activities based on target themes and priorities identified by the two governments.

Culture (particularly literature and publishing, performing arts, music, theatre, dance, circus arts, visual arts, media arts, museology and film) is one of the six priority sectors.

Cooperation agreements

Three cooperation agreements between the Government of Québec and the governments of the states of Jalisco, Guanajuato and Nuevo León were signed on October 7, 2009, June 4, 2009 and May 30, 2006, respectively. They aim to strengthen and develop relations between the governments. Section 3 of the agreements specifically target culture and stipulate that the Parties shall undertake to promote cultural exchanges in various spheres (performing arts, visual arts, museology, cultural heritage, artisanal crafts, multimedia, etc.). The Québec-Mexico Working Group is the mechanism for supporting such cooperation projects.

The Québec General Delegation in Mexico (DGQM) is very active in the cultural realm. It collaborates with numerous Mexican cultural partners, notably with the Culture Secretariat of Mexico and the National Institute of Fine Arts (INBA) as well as with the culture secretariats of Mexican states. It also provides valuable support for Québec artists, writers and cultural organizations.

Main large-scale events

  • October 2016: Mexico was showcased at the 39th edition of the Salon international du livre de Montréal, which hosted a large delegation of Mexican authors.
  • 2014: Coordinated by the Québec-Mexico Working Group, the collaboration between the Musée Pointe-à-Callière in Montréal and the Templo Mayor Museum in Mexico City is an eloquent example of collaborations that have led to exchanges of exhibits such as Iroquois: An Archaeological Vision of an Ancient Québec Culture at the Templo Mayor Museum and The Aztecs: People of the Sun at the Musée de Pointe-à-Callière.
  • April 2010: Salon international du livre de Québec, which welcomed a delegation of twenty Mexican authors and publishers. Working sessions involving Mexican and Québec publishers, roundtable discussions by authors and activities that promoted dialogue among Mexican and Québec colleagues helped solidify editorial production ties.
  • October 14 to November 1, 2009: 37th International Cervantino Festival (FIC) in Guanajuato. Québec was the guest of honour. Twenty Québec companies and artists selected by FIC gave some forty performances and presented film screenings and visual arts shows.
  • April 30, 2008 to January 11, 2009: Gold in the Americas exhibit at the Musée de la civilisation de Québec. This exhibit included a major collection of Mexican artefacts.
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Environment

Environmental relations date back to the mission to Mexico by the Minister of Sustainable Development, the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change, David Heurtel, in May 2015.

Mexico City, through its Secretariat of the Environment, has implemented a 2014-2020 Climate Action Program, which is a planning instrument designed to strengthen Mexico City’s climate policy and contribute to sustainable development and the reduction in carbon dioxide equivalent emissions. It integrates, coordinates and sets out concrete actions to decrease the environmental, social and economic risks associated with climate change. It also aims to promote the well-being of the local population using strategic information contained in the 2014-2020 Local Climate Action Strategy (ELAC).

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Economy

Over 600 Québec companies do business with Mexico.

Trade

In 2015, trade in goods between Québec and Mexico totalled $5.3 billion, down 5.3% from 2014. This decrease was due to a drop in imports (-$367 million).

During the period considered (2011-2015), average annual trade in goods was positive, increasing by 5%. In 2015, trade in goods made up 14% of the trade in goods between Canada and Mexico, compared to 16.6% in 2014.

In 2015, the value of trade in goods between Québec and Mexico ($5,333 million) was comparable to that between Québec and all of Latin America ($5,683 million). It corresponded to 48.4% of the total value of Québec trade with this region, including Mexico.

The same year, Mexico was Québec’s largest trade partner in Latin America and 4th in the world behind the United States, China and Germany.

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Immigration

The Québec Immigration Office in Mexico at the Québec Government Office in Mexico (DGQM) constantly promotes Québec as a land of immigration. Numerous collaboration agreements are in place with French educational institutions such as the Alliance française network and the French Institute for Latin America in order to better prepare potential Mexican immigrants for insertion in Québec society.

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Education

Higher education agreement

The governments of Québec and Mexico signed a higher education agreement in 1994, which was renewed in 1999. The agreement provides for 50 exemptions from differential tuition fees and20 merit scholarships for Mexican students studying in Québec universities.

Three new agreements will soon be signed to replace the 1999 agreement. They will include merit scholarships for Mexican PhD and postdoctoral students and scholarships for Québec students. An exchange program for Spanish and French language assistants, which was launched in 2009, will also be formalized. The annual program will enable young Quebecers and Mexicans to experience linguistic and cultural immersion by working with a language teacher throughout the school year.

Vocational and technical training agreement

In March, 2010, the Governments of Québec and Mexico signed a professional and technical training agreement. The agreement facilitates student exchanges and the sharing of teaching expertiseby providing a more structured framework for collaboration between colleges in Québec and Mexican technological universities.

Promoting Québec educational opportunities

In 2009-2010, 388 Mexican students were registered in Québec universities. The Québec Government Office in Mexico (DGQM) organizes activities throughout the year promoting Québec educational opportunities, including at Mexican specialized fairs.

Inter-university relations

Mexican and Québec universities have also implemented an array of projects, including two study chairs:

Faculty and student exchanges as well as joint research activities have also developed in recent years.

Youth

Mexico is very popular with young Quebecers. Since 2000, nearly 2,000 young adults ranging in age from 18 to 35 have undertaken professional sojourns in Mexico with the support of the Office Québec-Amériques pour la jeunesse (OQAJ), which is a member of Les Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec (LOJIQ). The diversity of the projects—entrepreneurship, study internships, arts and culture, and employability—is proof of the enduring relations these sojourns have created. OQAJ established one of its main partnerships with the Mexican Youth Institute and has also signed cultural cooperation agreements with the Secretariat for Culture of the State of Colima as well as the Nuevo León and Jalisco state institutes for youth.

Since the establishment of the Québec Without Borders program in 1995, the Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie has helped many Quebecers participate in international solidarity internships in Mexico.

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Tourism

The number of Mexican tourists travelling to Québec grew by average of 10.3% a year from 2004 to 2008, reaching 52,000 in 2008. However, in 2009, the number of visitors from Mexico dropped to 31,000, a 38% decline. Mexican tourists spent approximately $57 million in Québec in 2009.

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Last update: 2017-05-01 10:44:09 AM