Canada and La Francophonie

La Francophonie is a group of institutions dedicated to promoting the French language, with the main one being the International Organisation of La Francophonie (IOF). The IOF brings together 84 member states and governments from five continents that represent approximately 1 billion inhabitants, including 274 million Francophones. La Francophonie is a community of solidarity and cooperation and plays a role in international politics.

The objectives of La Francophonie include the promotion of:

Canada’s involvement in La Francophonie

Canada was a founding member of the Agency for Cultural and Technical Cooperation in 1970. In 2005, the Agency became the International Organisation of La Francophonie (IOF).

Canada has actively participated in the creation and development of other La Francophonie institutions, including:

Canada supports the political, economic and cooperative mandates of La Francophonie. Its annual contributions of approximately $40 million to the institutions make it possible to implement their respective programs. Canada takes part in the meetings and decision-making of La Francophonie institutions and contributes to the development of strategic documents.

Canada has four seats on the IOF. Canada, Canada-New Brunswick and Canada-Quebec are full members and Canada-Ontario has observer status.

Since January 2015, Michaëlle Jean, former Governor General of Canada, has been the Secretary General of the IOF.

Upcoming events

Canada participates in the following Francophonie events:


Canada takes parts in the meetings of various Francophonie institutions. It maintains and consolidates its network of partners, its ability to influence and the visibility of its Francophone communities, especially Francophone minority communities. Canada’s commitment within La Francophonie enables it to promote its values and advance its foreign policy and development priorities.

Canada’s guidance and financial support contribute to the advancement of La Francophonie’s four missions (French only) and objectives, as outlined in the 2015–2022 Strategic Framework (French only).

In recent years, Canada’s efforts within La Francophonie have contributed to:

Useful links

La Francophonie is comprised of a number of institutions and organizations, each with its own area of expertise and sector:

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