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Declaration between the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development of Canada and the Ministry of the Economy and Finance of the French Republic on cooperation in innovation for 2016-2018

The Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development of Canada and the Ministry of the Economy and Finance of the Ministry of the French Republic, hereinafter referred to as the “Participants,”

Benefiting from the Cultural Agreement between the Government of Canada and the Government of the French Republic, done in Ottawa on November 17, 1965;

Considering that innovation denotes the application of new ideas, technologies and know-how with a view to creating economic, social and environmental value;

Wishing to strengthen their bilateral cooperation in the areas of science and technology, innovation and entrepreneurship;

Recognizing that science, technology, entrepreneurship and innovation are fundamental to economic growth and prosperity; that their countries are global leaders in complementary scientific research areas; that international cooperation is mutually beneficial to their researchers and businesses; and that to succeed in the global economy, there is a need to strengthen their respective abilities in innovation and accelerate the commercialization of emerging technologies;

Aspiring to develop and strengthen partnerships that ensure both countries’ access to economically relevant technologies and scientific advances;

Have come to the following understanding:

  1. Purpose

    The purpose of this Declaration is to enhance partnerships between the Participants, government bodies, knowledge-based institutions and businesses in the areas of technology, innovation and commercialization in both countries.
  2. Objectives

    The objectives of this Declaration are to:
    1. Facilitate technological partnerships between research centres and industry in the two countries in areas of mutual priority;
    2. Build links between commercialization networks and innovation agencies to spur joint innovation and create partnerships with a view to rapidly converting advanced research into commercial applications;
    3. Help develop partnerships in order to promote and advance research and development in areas of mutual priority by supporting joint projects, knowledge and staff exchanges, workshops, networks, visits, etc.;
    4. Support high-growth technology start-ups and SMEs by proposing tools that will help them adopt a more dynamic internationalization strategy.
  3. Priority areas

    The Participants will consider conducting joint activities in the following mutual priority areas:
    1. Environment, sustainable development, renewable energies, and green technologies;
    2. Digital, information and communication technologies;
    3. Ocean and marine technologies;
    4. Health;
    5. Agriculture, agri-food and agri-resources;
    6. Advanced manufacturing;
    7. Aeronautics and space.
  4. Forms of Cooperation

    The Participants understand that joint activities carried out under this Declaration may take the following forms:
    1. The exchange of information related to innovation, including on practices, policies, laws, other regulations and programs related to partnerships under this Arrangement;
    2. Joint seminars, symposia, conferences and workshops;
    3. Business development and technology collaboration partnering missions and the sharing of leads and business opportunities;
    4. Support for implementing bilateral technology and research and development partnerships in priority areas;
    5. Shared use of resources and infrastructure;
    6. Mobilization and exchange of researchers, engineers, entrepreneurs and innovation actors;
    7. Other forms of joint activity as they may mutually decide upon such as support for researcher and student mobility between academia and the business community.
  5. Working group and Annual reports
    1. The Participants will elaborate, through the Canada-France Innovation Working Group, an annual action plan and an annual report outlining the joint activities carried out as part of their cooperation: initiatives implemented, the results of these initiatives and success stories.
    2. This group may, for example:
      1. Identify the most promising areas in priority sectors;
      2. Suggest the most appropriate avenues for encouraging, developing and strengthening complementarities and mutual partnerships;
      3. Develop a schedule of technology, events, missions and meetings;
      4. Promote technological and organizational personnel exchanges. The presence of the international technical expert (ITE) in innovation is part of this collaboration policy;
      5. Publicize all of the joint activities carried out in order to highlight the outcomes and let people know about the opportunities for Canada-France partnerships.
  6. Funding

    The Participants understand that joint activities under this Declaration will depend on the availability of their respective funds and resources, but that additional funding can be sought from public or private partners.
  7. Status

    This Declaration is not legally binding.
  8. Final dispositions
      1. This Declaration will take effect on the date of its last signature by the Participants and will be in effect for a three-year period.
      2. The Participants may amend this Declaration upon their mutual written consent.
      3. Either Participant may terminate this Declaration by giving a written notice to the other Participant.


Signed in duplicate at                      , on this                  day of                        2016, in the English and French languages, each version being equally valid.


For The Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development of Canada


the Ministry of the Economy and Finance of the Ministry of the French Republic


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