Cooperation by Québec in international organizations

Ministère de la Culture et des Communications (MCC) [Ministry of Culture and Communications]
Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie (MRIF) [Ministry of International Relations and the Francophonie]
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 

At the multilateral level, the Government of Quebec contributes to the enhancement of international cooperation mainly within two international organizations: UNESCO and the International Organization of La Francophonie (IOF).

Within these organizations, the Government of Quebec supports initiatives and focuses on issues it considers to be priorities with respect to the cultural policy Partout, la culture and Quebec's International Vision. Measure 15 of the cultural policy and the International Vision both have the goal of enhancing cooperative actions and increasing Quebec's presence in international forums. The planned actions include the following:
* Promoting the diversity of cultural expressions, in particular in collaboration with the developing countries of La Francophonie;
* Reinforcing Quebec's commitment to its partners in La Francophonie and its role in the field of culture within UNESCO;
* Enhancing cooperation within La Francophonie with a view to increasing the visibility of Francophone cultural content in the digital universe.


The Government of Quebec contributes in particular to enhancing international cooperation within UNESCO through its recurring contribution to the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD). Since 2016, MCC and MRIF have jointly contributed to the IFCD five times.

The Government of Quebec is a full member of the IOF, a grouping of 88 states and governments (54 members, 7 associate members and 27 observers). As the IOF's fifth-largest donor, Quebec actively supports the delivery of its programs.

The IOF's cultural programs
* recognize and promote the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions;
* assist States in developing and implementing their cultural policies;
* encourage talent and stimulate creation by supporting artists, professionals and cultural enterprises through financial assistance or support for projects;
* foster cultural identities and the promotion of multilingualism;
* support artist mobility, in particular through the Fonds d'aide a la circulation des artistes [Artist Travel Assistance Fund];
* support the production, promotion and marketing of audiovisual works from southern countries.

The Government of Quebec also supports the actions of the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF). The AUF, an agency of La Francophonie, brings together higher education and research institutions on all continents that use French as a language of instruction and research. With nearly 1,000 member institutions in 118 countries, it is one of the largest university associations in the world. As part of its 2017-2021 programming, the AUF is carrying out a number of actions in the cultural field.

TV5 is the world's number-one French-language television network. Thanks to the distribution of nine regional channels and two specialty channels managed from Paris by TV5Monde, and the Canadian feed managed by TV5 Quebec Canada, TV5 reaches 364 million households in nearly 200 countries and territories. For more than 30 years, Quebec has been developing a very active partnership through TV5 with the governments of France, the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, Switzerland and Canada. Quebec's objectives with respect to TV5Monde are to support La Francophonie and the French language and contribute to the diversity of cultural expressions, in addition to providing Quebec with an international showcase and a promotional tool for distributing its television productions around the world.

Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

Between 2016 and 2020, Quebec contributed USD 108,795 (CAD 150,000) to the IFCD, for a total contribution of USD 290,120 (CAD 400,000) since 2008.

In 2019-2020, MRIF contributed USD 2,223,272 (CAD 3,065,314) to IOF programming (other than operating programs). The IOF estimates that 18.65% of its programming funds are devoted to its French Culture and Language mission. As a result, we estimate that Quebec contributed USD 413,915 (CAD 571,681) to IOF programming in the area of French culture and language.

In 2019-2020, MRIF contributed USD 406,168 (CAD 560,000) to AUF programming (other than operating programs). An undetermined portion of this funding is devoted to programming in the field of French culture and/or language.

The Government of Quebec announced at the meeting of senior officials of donor governments in December 2019 that, for 2020, it would maintain its contribution based on the one-ninth benchmark, which is EU8,257,000, i.e. EU3,302,080 for the Government of Quebec (40% of one ninth). The Government of Quebec's contribution is split evenly between MCC and MRIF.

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partnerType of entity
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
International Organization of La Francophonie
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Agence universitaire de la Francophonie
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Public Sector
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
Objetivo(s) de la Convención 2005 de la UNESCO
Cultural Domain(s)