Cooperation between France and Québec is supported by a unique body known as the Commission permanente de coopération franco-québécoise (CPCFQ). Created in 1965, the CPCFQ is the preferred apparatus for implementing the commitments of the Québec and French governments. It coordinates cooperation between France and Québec.
At CPCFQ meetings, representatives from the Québec and French governments review the strategies and priorities of their bilateral cooperation. The programming agreed upon within the CPCFQ is developed jointly over a period of two years (biennial) based on specific themes and priorities that are defined by the Québec and French governments and decided on at the alternating meetings of the Premier of Québec and the Prime Minister of France.
To round out its programming, the CPCFQ launches calls for projects on the Web sites of the Ministère des Relations internationales and the French department of foreign affairs. The CPCFQ launches many calls for projects in various sectors of activity:
- A general call for projects to support France-Québec cooperation projects.
- Calls for projects and applications for scientific cooperation:
- The Samuel De Champlain Program, which supports research and innovation projects in science and technology;
- Frontenac Program, which supports students with co-supervised theses in France and Québec.
- Calls for projects of the Fonds franco-québécois pour la coopération décentralisée (FFQCD).
For more information:
- Calls for projects (in French only)
Fonds franco-québécois pour la coopération décentralisée
In recent years, the CPCFQ's activities have resulted in the creation of a new fund to support the burgeoning cooperation between local communities in Québec and France.
The Fonds franco-québécois pour la coopération décentralisée (FFQCD) was set up to spearhead these decentralized cooperation efforts as a result of a decision made at the 13th alternating meeting of the Premier of Québec and the Prime Minister of France in 2005. The FFQCD serves to provide financial support to projects developed by local and territorial communities in Québec and France. In 2011, a component was added so that support could be provided to rebuilding projects in Haiti.
The FFQCD's annual budget is CAD $600,000 for Québec ($300,000 from the Québec government and $300,000 from partners and local communities) and €460,000 for France (€230,000 from the French government and €230,000 from territorial communities).
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Last update: 2017-03-20 9:26:39 AM