Québec-France Agreement on the Recognition of Professional Qualifications - The Professional Orders offer their support

    MONTREAL, Oct. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - The Conseil interprofessionnel du Québec
(CIQ) and its members, the 45 professional orders, support the agreement
between Québec and France concerning the recognition of professional
qualifications that is being signed today in Québec City by the premier of
Québec and the president of the French Republic.
    "The orders and the CIQ are proud to have contributed, through their
rapid mobilization, to the signing of this agreement, which will accelerate
the credentials recognition process that we so urgently need in Québec,",
stated Mr. Richard Gagnon, president of the Conseil interprofessionnel. "The
orders will implement the Agreement in the same spirit as that which guided
the discussions of recent months: facilitate people's access to quality
professional services while protecting the public," added Mr. Gagnon.
    The CIQ president also congratulated the professional orders who today
are signing a statement of commitment with their French counterpart. They
include the Barreau, Collège des médecins, Ordre des architectes, Ordre des
arpenteurs-géomètres, Ordre des comptables agréés, Ordre des comptables
généraux licenciés, Ordre des dentistes, Ordre des ingénieurs, Ordre des
médecins vétérinaires, Ordre des pharmaciens, Ordre des sages-femmes and the
Ordre professionnel des travailleurs sociaux.
    The 45 professional orders and the CIQ will pursue their efforts to
ensure that everyone may benefit from the spinoffs of the France-Québec
    Mr. Gagnon remarked that the Agreement comes in the wake of the Joint
Statement signed on February 8, 2008, between the CIQ and the premier of
Québec that established a partnership for the purpose of achieving objectives
with respect to professional mobility.
    "The France-Québec Agreement is an acknowledgement of our professional
system and demonstrates the important role of professional orders in meeting
the challenges of contemporary Québec, including workforce mobility,",
concluded CIQ President Mr. Richard Gagnon.
    The Conseil interprofessionnel du Québec brings together 45 professional
orders that collectively number over 326,000 members practising regulated
professions. It is mandated by the Professional Code to serve as an advisory
body to the public administration. The Council is also a forum for discussion,
collective action and the mobilizing body of the professional orders on issues
of common interest.

For further information:

For further information: Jean-Vincent Lacroix, AGC Communications, (514)
849-7000, extension 230, Cell.: (514) 249-1940, jvl@agccom.com; SOURCE:
Jean-François Thuot, Executive Director, Conseil interprofessionnel du Québec,
(514) 288-3574

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