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28 Jul 2009

Canada’s visa requirement: Québec and Mexico seek possible solutions

The Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, Pierre Arcand, met with the Consul General of Mexico in Montréal, Edgardo Flores Rivas, on July 28 to reaffirm the importance and extent of relations between Québec and Mexico.

“Québec has maintained close ties with Mexico for a number of years. We have established alliances and cooperation activities based on our common interests and we strongly hope to continue our mutual collaboration,” stated Minister Arcand.

During the meeting, the Minister also discussed the Canadian Government’s decision to require visas of visitors arriving from Mexico and indicated that the move is a matter of concern for the Québec government.

“We want to maintain and expand our institutional, diplomatic, cultural and trade relations with Mexico. Requiring such a visa could have considerable negative impacts. That is why my colleagues and I have asked the federal government to implement transitional measures that would lessen the repercussions that will result from requiring visas of Mexican nationals,” said Minister Arcand.

Québec is also aware of the sharp increase in recent years in the number of individuals from Mexico requesting asylum and hopes that concrete solutions can be found to streamline the examination of these requests.

It bears noting that Mexico is a priority country under Québec’s International Policy. Québec has maintained a Government Office in Mexico for nearly 30 years.

Letter from the Government of Québec to the federal Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism (in French)
Québec-Mexico relations
Québec Government Office in Mexico
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