Minister Joly will travel to Paris to promote Canadian engagement in La Francophonie and meet new Leadership of the International Organisation of La Francophonie

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May 28, 2019 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie, will be in Paris, France, on May 29, 2019, to reiterate Canada’s strong and sustained commitment to La Francophonie, including its mandates and institutions.

During the visit, Minister Joly will meet with Louise Mushikiwabo, Secretary General of the International Organisation of La Francophonie (IOF), and with Catherine Cano, Administrator of the IOF, to identify areas of greater cooperation. In this context, the Minister will speak about the influence of the French language in the digital sphere and healthy, effective, and transparent governance, as well as the promotion of the values of La Francophonie, such as democracy, human rights and equality between women and men.

Furthermore, Minister Joly will meet with members of the board of directors of TV5MONDE to discuss the importance of reinforcing the French language in the digital sphere and put forward Canada’s leadership role in this regard.

The Minister will also meet with Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Secretary of State to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France.


“Canada sees La Francophonie as an important player in the service of peace, democracy and respect for human rights. As the minister responsible for La Francophonie, I wish to work with all partners so that these values find a central place within our organization.”

- Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie

Quick facts

  • Canada is a founding member of the Agency for Cultural and Technical Cooperation, created in 1970. The agency became the IOF in 2005.

  • Canada has four seats at the IOF: Canada, Canada-New Brunswick and Canada-Quebec are full members, while Canada-Ontario has observer status.

  • Since April 2019, Canadian Catherine Cano has held the position of the Administrator of the IOF, supporting Secretary General Louise Mushikiwabo.

  • The 36th session of the Francophonie Ministerial Conference will take place in Monaco in October 2019, and the XVIII Francophonie Summit will be held in Tunis, Tunisia, in November 2020. That summit will mark the 50th anniversary of the IOF.

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