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Background, Mandate and Activity Sectors

Background

The Bureau du Québec à Toronto (Toronto office) was opened in 1973. It was the first official representation of the Québec government in Canada and the first step of a network that now covers the entire country and comprises two offices (Toronto and Moncton).

The Toronto office reports to the Secrétariat aux affaires intergouvernementales canadiennes, attached to the Ministère du Conseil exécutif, which is under the authority of the Premier.

Mandate

The Toronto office is mandated to promote Québec in Canada's other provinces and territories, and to recommend and implement measures aimed at fostering the province's visibility and reach. As such, it is responsible for safeguarding and supporting Québec's interests over a vast territory extending from Ontario to British Columbia.

It establishes and maintains relations with other Canadian governments and their departments and agencies.

Specifically, the Toronto office liaises with the governments of Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, the Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. 

The Toronto office is also tasked with informing and advising Québec authorities, and with supporting the Québec government's different programs and initiatives.

It acts on the political, economic and cultural levels, in addition to nurturing privileged ties with the francophone communities located on his territories.

To fulfill this mandate, the Head of each office relies on a team of specialists in different activity sectors, including intergovernmental relations and the economy.

Activity Sectors

Intergovernmental and Institutional Relations

One of the main tasks of the Toronto office is to maintain and develop Québec's intergovernmental and institutional relations, with Ontario, Western Canada and the territories, and to facilitate dialogue with them. The Toronto office therefore plays an active and ongoing liaison role with government and public departments and agencies, such as universities, colleges and municipalities.

Economic and Commercial Development

The Toronto office team's solid market expertise enables it to offer a wide range of economic and commercial consultation services. As such, the team:

  • promotes Québec innovation and know-how;
  • supports Québec businesses in their quest to expand into new markets;
  • provides strategic market information;
  • assists businesses within the Toronto office territory that are looking to invest in Québec or find Québec partners.

Francophonie

The Toronto office fosters privileged relations with the francophone organizations located on their territory, thus promoting dialogue and partnerships with such organizations in Québec. The office plays an active role in implementing the programs created as a result of the Québec Policy on the Canadian Francophonie and in monitoring the various cooperation agreements. The Advisors assigned to the Canadian Francophonie file also promote these programs to their target clienteles. In addition, these team members provide a host of useful information concerning the Policy's implementation and available funding pursuant to its application.

Culture

The Toronto office supports ongoing dialogue with the artistic and cultural community within his territory so as to stimulate exchanges and develop a network for disseminating the work of Québec artists. These activities also aim to promote Québec's cultural works and support creators in their efforts to penetrate Canadian markets. The office strives to inform its artistic and cultural communities about Québec culture and the opportunities for cultural organizations to work together.

Communications and Public Affairs

The Toronto office team represents and promotes Québec. To this end, it informs Québec government authorities of the major political and economic issues in its territory and advises them in this regard.

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