A mutual recognition arrangement (MRA) providing for greater trans-Atlantic mobility for city planners was signed in Montreal on October 4. Premier Jean Charest and France’s Consul General in Québec City, Hélène Le Gal, attended the signing ceremony together with the presidents of Québec and France’s professional city planning associations.
“Planners play a key role in our cities as well as in our regions. Urban planning is a crucial sector in economic, social, political, cultural and environmental terms. In view of planners’ decisive social role in the 21st century, I attach great importance to the signing of this agreement, which will facilitate trans-Atlantic professional exchanges between Québec and France while enriching our respective societies,” said Mr. Charest.
The signing ceremony was held in conjunction with an international convention organized by the Canadian Institute of Planners, in association with the Québec Order of City Planners (OUQ) and the Global Planners Network. The convention was organized around the theme of “Climate Change and Communities: A Call to Action”. More than 600 planners from around the world travelled to Montreal for the occasion.
The Québec-France agreement on the mutual recognition of professional qualifications was signed on October 17, 2008. Its purpose is to facilitate and expedite the permit application process for individuals carrying on a regulated trade or profession in Québec or France by adopting a common procedure for recognizing professional qualifications. This was the 52nd MRA signed under the agreement thus far.
Québec-France agreement on the mutual recognition of professional qualifications