Canada is a member of an organisation made up of States and governments using French as a common language: La Francophonie.
Aware of the importance of the French language at home and determined to contribute to its influence internationally, Canada was one of the first countries to promote La Francophonie by actively participating in the establishment and development of its many institutions.
Canada's participation in this forum enables a true sharing of the benefits Canadians derive from linguistic duality and pluralism. La Francophonie also offers a window on the world and opportunities to exert influence on the world scene.
Management of the International Francophonie file is the responsibility of Global Affairs Canada. The department of Canadian Heritage also support this file to ensure Canada's active co-operation in La Francophonie. This includes participation in cultural and sport activities.
Global Affairs Canada is responsible for Canada’s engagement within La Francophonie, including as an active member of the International Organisation of La Francophonie (IOF).
Conference of Youth and Sport Ministers from countries sharing the use of French language (CONFEJES)
Priorities are anti-doping in sport, the inclusion of young women and persons with disabilities in CONFEJES programming and sport as a tool for development.
International Committee of the Games of La Francophonie (available in French only)
The International Committee of the Games of La Francophonie organizes and ensures the sustainability of the Games of La Francophonie. It has the status of a subsidiary body of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF).
We are responsible for organizing and managing the participation of Team Canada at the Games of La Francophonie.
Sommet de la Francophonie (available in French only)
The Conference of Heads of State and Governments using French as a common language, referred to as the "Summit" (Sommet de la Francophonie) brings together the heads of States and governments that are members of the OIF. These Summits address the major international issues of the day and set the priorities and strategic objectives of La Francophonie. The Summit is chaired by the head of State or government of the host country, who assumes that responsibility for a two-year period.
The Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) is an institution based on the sharing of a common language and values. It guides actions in the fields of international policy and multilateral cooperation.
The four objectives of multilateral cooperation of the OIF are to:
- promote the French language and cultural and linguistic diversity;
- promote peace, democracy and human rights;
- support education, training, higher education and research; and
- develop cooperation to ensure sustainable development and solidarity.
A Secretary General, designated every four years) is responsible for implementing international policy and facilitating and coordinating the policy of cooperation within the Francophonie.
The Secretary General also regularly chairs a cooperation council responsible for fostering coordinated action between the OIF and its four direct operators:
- Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (available in French only)
- Association internationale des Maires francophones (available in French only)
- Université Senghor d'Alexandrie (available in French only)
The OIF is also supported by a consultative assembly:
- Assemblée des parlementaires de la Francophonie (available in French only)
The OIF also benefits from the work and recommendations of the two Standing Ministerial Conferences:
- Conference of Education Ministers (CONFEMEN) (available in French only)
- Conference of Youth and Sport Ministers from countries sharing the French-language (CONFEJES)
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