A group of senior civil servants from Bavaria visits Montreal, Quebec City and Ottawa for exchanges with their Canadian and Quebec counterparts


A wooden measuring tape made of Bavarian tree essences, offered as a gift to Forestry Ministry and Université Laval à Québec counterparts © MFFP

From February 24 to March 2, 2018, several senior civil servants from various ministries in Bavaria visited Quebec City, Montreal and Ottawa in order to meet with their counterparts in both government levels, and exchange on topics of common interest – ranging from artificial intelligence until supporting young agricultural entrepreneurs, over immigration and asylum rules, integration of newly arrived immigrants, foresting, challenges on the dairy market, federal/provincial relationships, technological innovation and internationalisation, digital citizenship and social services management.

After two days in Quebec where they met senior civil servants from the Ministry of International Relations and La Francophonie, the Ministry of Forests, Fauna and Parks, the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, the Ministry of Culture and Communication, and the Ministry of Agriculture, Fishing and Nutrition, they went on to Montreal where further meetings were scheduled in the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the regional investment promotion agency Montréal International, and the Quebec Research Fund – Health (FRQ-Santé). Before heading back, they also met senior level representatives of Canadian Digital Services, Immigration and Citizenship Canada and Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa.

This visit is yet another brick in strengthening the bilateral relationships between Bavaria and Quebec, and was organized jointly by the Bavarian State Chancellery, its representation office in Montreal, the Quebec Ministry of International Relations and La Francophonie, and the German Embassy in Ottawa.