Were you aware that The Secrétariat aux Affaires Intergouvernementales Canadiennes had an office in Toronto?
The Secrétariat advises the Government of Québec on all Canadian intergovernmental matters, coordinates Québec government activities in Canada, assures the defence and promotion of Québec’s interests, and collaborates to strengthen links with Canada’s francophone and Acadian communities.
The mandate of this office which opened in 1973, is to promote and safeguard Québec’s interests in Ontario, Manitoba and Nunavut. The head of the Bureau du Québec à Toronto represents the Québec government in its relations with these three governments and is also in charge of Québec’s Vancouver branch office, which is mandated to maintain relations with the governments of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories.
Bureau du Québec à Toronto
20 Queen Street West, Suite 1504
P.O. Box 13
Toronto, Ontario M5H 3S3
Telephone: 416 977-6060
Fax: 416 596-1407
Head: Paul-Arthur Huot
Intergovernmental and institutional relations
One of the main tasks of the Toronto office is to maintain and develop Québec’s intergovernmental and institutional relations with Ontario, Manitoba and Nunavut and facilitate exchanges with them. To that end, the office plays an active, ongoing liaison role with government and public departments and agencies such as universities, colleges and municipalities.
The office’s solid market expertise enables it to offer a wide range of economic and commercial consultation services to Québec businesses. It also promotes Québec products. Thus, the office:
- supports Québec businesses seeking to penetrate the Ontario and Manitoba markets;
- advises businesses in its territory looking to invest in Québec or market their products there;
- provides services proper to the regional economic context;
- bolsters business partnerships.
The office fosters an ongoing dialogue with the artists of Ontario and Manitoba to promote exchanges and develop a network for disseminating the work of Québec artists. Its activities are also aimed at promoting Québec’s cultural works and informing the people of Ontario and Manitoba on Québec culture.
The Office nurtures privileged ties with the Francophone organizations that are present on the territory it covers, thus fostering exchanges and partnerships between the Francophone representatives of these regions and Québec. It plays an active role in managing the programs arising out of the Québec Policy on the Canadian Francophonie, and in monitoring the various cooperation agreements.
In the “Francophonie” section of its Website, the Secrétariat aux affaires intergouvernementales canadiennes offers useful information concerning the policy’s implementation and available financial assistance pursuant to the policy
Communications and public affairs
The Toronto office represents and promotes Québec. It informs Québec government authorities of the major political and economic issues in its territory. Hence, it:
- provides information and documentation on Québec;
- maintains relations with the national press;
- makes a daily survey of major events in its territory;
- informs Québec government authorities of, and advises them on, the major political, economic and social issues in Ontario and Manitoba.
The ministère du Revenu du Québec (or MRQ) has a team of tax specialists in Toronto who USED to be located in the Bureau du Québec à Toronto, to carry out the necessary verifications concerning Canadian firms that do business in Québec, however, they have moved!
The new Toronto office offers taxpayers and agents a tax information telephone service. It also makes available a complete inventory of tax forms.
As of December 2014, their office moved, and is now located at:
400 University Avenue, Suite 1500.
Toronto, ON M5G 1S7
Documents may be dropped off at this address between 8 am – 12 pm, and 1 -4 pm.
There is no drop box at the moment, so Revenu Quebec is asking for anyone dropping off documents to please knock on the door.
The new telephone number for Revenu Québec in Toronto is: 416.645.8770 x 645 4000
The new office sent me a note to update the information – and I thank them – but they state that with the awesome Clic Revenue Service they offer online, it is very rare that the general public would need to contact them. I agree.
Ms. Nicole Lemieux is now the Chief Representative.
The MRQ office email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information on the Bureau du Québec à Toronto, feel free to contact the office’s personnel.
Now that’s service!