Québec’s new world youth agency, Office Québec-Monde pour la Jeunesse (OQMJ), which completes the government’s offering in terms of foreign stays for young people, will receive $1.5 million per year in financial support. The investment will provide young Quebecers with support through access to a wide variety of personal and occupational experience abroad.
The announcement was made on June 6 by Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, in the presence of Alfred Pilon, Chief Executive Officer of Les Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec (LOJIQ).
The new OQMJ will thus be able to develop exchanges with countries and territories under the aegis of the Council of Europe, with priority on Bavaria and Catalonia. It may also deploy projects in the United Kingdom and Russia, including initiatives related to the upcoming summer and winter Olympics. To tap into Asian vitality, it can implement projects in Japan, India and China. The OQMJ is encouraged to extend its activities to the Assembly of European Regions, the Organización Iberoamericana de Juventud (OIJ), UNESCO and the Commonwealth. In related news, eight young Montrealers will soon be heading for Shanghai for a one-month stint at the Montréal site at Expo 2010.
Up until May 2009, three youth agencies enabled young people to enhance their training and vocational experience through stays abroad, namely the Office franco québécois pour la jeunesse (OFQJ), the Office Québec Amériques pour la jeunesse (OQAJ) and the Office Québec Wallonie Bruxelles pour la jeunesse (OQWBJ). The new OQMJ is responsible for developing ties between young people in Québec and youth in territories and countries not covered by the other three agencies. All four agencies report to the Minister of International Relations.
LOJIQ – Les Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec