Operators and partners of cooperation

The Commission permanente de coopération franco-québécoise (CPCFQ) is supported by the following operators and partner organizations:

The Office franco-québécois pour la jeunesse (OFQJ) is devoted to increasing youth exchanges between France and Québec. Created in 1968, the OFQJ is now the leading operator and partner organization of institutional cooperation initiatives between France and Québec.

The OFQJ’s mobility and training programs have assisted nearly 145,000 young people between the ages of 18 and 35 on both sides of the Atlantic. Every year, OFQJ services benefit nearly 4,000 Quebec and French youth. Since 2000, the Ministère des Relations internationales (MRI) has awarded an annual grant of $2,250,000 to the OFQJ.

The OFQJ not only offers financial support to make mobility easier for program participants, but also provides guidance, follow-up and logistical support services to help them complete their projects.

Although the OFQJ is considered a partner organization, it is not officially a part of the CPCFQ. Several years ago, the OFQJ was integrated into LOJIQ - Les Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec, which is a group of international mobility organizations for Québec youth.

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The Conseil franco-québécois de coopération universitaire (CFQCU) was created in July 2008 as a result of an agreement signed in Quebec City at the 15th alternating meeting of the Premier of Québec and the Prime Minister of France. The CFQCU has a flexible coordination structure that is developed and administered in close collaboration with representatives of Québec and French universities.

The mission of the CFQCU is to advise governments and institutions of higher learning on the main issues of university cooperation between France and Québec. It supports professor mobility and teaching and research partnerships between Québec and France through its strategic partnership development program. In addition, the CFQCU holds meetings for those in charge of university cooperation between France and Québec. These gatherings and meetings of CFQCU members are held periodically and alternate between Québec and France.

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The shared mission of the Paris-based Réseau Québec-France and the Québec City-based Fédération France-Québec / francophonie based in Québec City is to promote friendship and cooperation between France and Québec. The AFQ and AQF boast some 3,500 and 2,000 members, respectively, in France and Québec, who participate in a variety of volunteer activities aimed at energizing the relationship between France and Québec. The two associations have regional offices and ensure the implementation of various Franco-Québec exchange programs. The Fédération France-Québec / francophonie was founded in 1968 and the Réseau Québec-France in 1971.

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The Commission franco-québécoise sur les lieux de mémoire communs (CFQLMC) was created in 1996 at the initiative of Marcel Masse, Québec’s Delegate General in Paris at that time. Its objective is to develop cultural memory sites to commemorate common history and shared culture. The primary work of the CFQLMC is to inventory, study and share these cultural memory sites. To reach these objectives, the CFQLMC works with scientists, institutions, associations and private persons.

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The mission of the Comité d’action politique franco-québécois (CAPFQ) is to create initiatives for cooperation between young Quebecers and French who are active in the youth organizations of the main political parties in France and Québec.

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In the area of the economy, cooperation between France and Québec is supported by a separate working group, the Groupe franco-québécois de la coopération économique (GFQCE), which is mandated to promote economic cooperation between Québec and France and follow up the economic decisions of Québec’s Premier and France’s Prime Minister. It includes representatives of Québec and French governments who are involved in the joint economic initiatives of Québec and France. It plays a major role in economic cooperation since it coordinates a number of important economic activities between Québec and France.

In 1974, then Premier Robert Bourassa and Prime Minister Jacques Chirac wanted to develop economic cooperation between Québec and France. Since then, this cooperation has been developed within the GFQCE, which answers to the Ministère du Développement économique, de l’Innovation et de l’Exportation (MDEIE) and the French department of the economy and finance.

The annual meetings of the GFQCE alternate between France and Québec and are often held at regional locations in accordance with the decision made in that respect in 1990. The GFQCE has two main activities: the technology meetings, which began in 1997, and the UBIFRANCE-Québec industrial meetings. Set up in 1964, the UBIFRANCE-Québec program supports industrial cooperation between Québec and French SMEs. In the last ten years, this program has generated investments of over $50 million and created 500 jobs at the companies whose missions it has financed.

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Last update: 2017-07-07 2:58:51 PM