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Canada-France Relations

In France, Canada is represented by the Embassy of Canada in Paris. Canada also has a consulate in Lyon (to open in February 2014) and honorary consulates in Lille, Nice, Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, and Toulouse. France is represented in Canada by its Embassy in Ottawa. France also has consulates in Vancouver, Toronto, Montréal, Québec, and Moncton.

Building on the strength of their shared history, bilateral relations between Canada and France are well developed and deep at all levels and in numerous fields. This is due in large part to effective cooperation on governance and social issues (immigration/integration, justice and public safety and others) as well as on international files. This partnership is strengthened by numerous and regular high-level visits on both sides of the Atlantic including a constant exchange of information and ideas between Canadian and French parliamentarians notably through the Canada-France Interparliamentary Association. Canada and France also have the opportunity to highlight the strength of their bilateral relationship during the numerous commemorative ceremonies of the First and Second World Wars.

A permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), of the G8 and G20, a founding nation of the European Union and lead partner in La Francophonie, France is a major international ally for Canada. France and Canada cooperate closely on foreign policy and have a shared vision when it comes to international relations: a commitment to multilateralism, a focus on international security problems, promotion of democracy, human rights, good governance and development.

Canada and France cooperate closely on academic relations. With numerous Canadian Studies Centres in France and hundreds of student exchange agreements signed between Canadian and French higher education institutions, a great deal of French students come to Canada each year. France is one of the most popular destinations for Canadian post-secondary students, particularly among non-English-speaking destinations. Since 2004, a Youth Mobility Agreement has facilitated the movement of Canadian and French nationals aged 18-35 to each other’s country.

As a strong symbol of the enduring dynamism of this close relationship, Prime Minister Harper and President Hollande announced in June 2013 a road map identifying bilateral cooperation projects and  partnerships to launch the implementation of the Canada-France Enhanced Cooperation Agenda, a new ambitious and evolving mechanism that includes over 70 projects that span three broad fields: sustainable economic growth, international security and defence and people-to-people relations. These fields benefit from the engagement of numerous departments on both sides in order to support a model of regulatory cooperative diplomacy and further strengthen the links that bind our citizens. (

November 2013

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