Hospitality policy

Some 72 international organizations have chosen Montréal, Québec City, Sherbrooke, Trois-Rivières or Gaspésie to set up either branch or head offices. Fields of activity vary widely, from high technology and sports to transportation and the environment.

The economic spinoffs from these mainly foreign-funded organizations are highly significant. These organizations spend some $300 million per year and directly create or maintain nearly 1,700 jobs. They are also a big boost to international activity in Québec.

International governmental organizations

An international governmental organization (IGO) is defined as an association of states constituted by means of a treaty and having a constitution and common organs as well as a distinct legal identity from that of its member states. When the Government of Québec is host to an international governmental organization (IGO), it concludes an agreement granting tax benefits and jurisdictional immunities to the organization and its employees, and also agrees to a whole set of courtesy measures in accordance with international practices.

To be eligible under the hospitality policy, an international governmental organization must

  • Have an international legal identity;
  • Establish a branch or head office in Québec
  • Be active in a field of interest to Québec

Consult IGO agreements


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International non-governmental organizations (NGOs)

International non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are institutions created on private or joint initiative, but not by intergovernmental agreement, and made up of private or public institutions or individuals of various nationalities. The Government of Québec may conclude agreements granting international NGOs that wish to open offices in Québec certain tax exemptions and other benefits when they meet strict criteria and are active in areas of particular interest to Québec. These benefits, which are offered to organizations and their non-Canadian employees, can cover such areas as health (health insurance and hospital provisions), immigration, education and driving licences.

In order to benefit from the various advantages of Québec's hospitality policy, international and non-governmental organizations must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • They must already or plan in future to be active in areas of particular interest to Quebec society.
  • Their objectives and bylaws must be compatible with Québec's Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms.
  • They must be representative in nature and their basic purpose must be recognized internationally.
  • They must have a recognized head office with a chief administrator, and their constitutions must have been adopted according to democratic principles;
  • They must be in a position to speak on behalf of their members through its authorized representatives;
  • They must have an international structure, and their members must have the right to take part in decisions that affect policy and action,
  • Their main resources must come from contributions from their national sections or from individual members.

Consult OING agreements


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Priority areas

The Government of Québec particularly encourages international organizations from the following fields to open offices in the province:

  • Priority areas:
    • Economic activity, especially financial services
    • Science and technology, including aerospace and aeronautics
    • Telecommunications
    • Computing
    • Information technologies
    • High technology
  • La Francophonie and its priority areas of activity:
    • Agriculture and the environment
    • Energy
    • Culture and communications
    • Scientific information and technology
    • Language industries
  • International development
  • Humanitarian aid
  • Human rights
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Last update: 2017-03-17 3:07:44 PM