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27 Oct 2011

Québec signs social security agreement with Brazil

Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie

Half-way through her mission to Brazil, Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, has signed a social security agreement with the Brazilian federal government. The text is the outcome of two years of negotiations.

According to Minister Gagnon-Tremblay, “The agreement is a big step toward closer relations with Brazil, especially with respect to worker mobility. Among other things, it will allow businesses in Québec and Brazil to step up exchanges of expertise, by offering advantageous working conditions to their employees who hail from the other signatory’s territory.”

The agreement formalizes the coordination of social security programs for Brazilians and Quebecers who work or live in both territories. Among other changes, companies that dispatch workers to the other jurisdiction will no longer have to contribute to two different pension plans.

During her stop in Brasilia, the Minister met with Véra Barrouin Machado, Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs. The meeting was an opportunity for Minister Gagnon-Tremblay to find out about Brazil’s orientations for developing its international economic and political relations and to describe Québec’s efforts in Brazil and special ties with the states of São Paulo, Paraná and Rio de Janeiro.
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