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The International Climate Cooperation Program (ICCP) supports efforts by Francophone countries in Africa and the French West Indies to strengthen their capacity to adapt to the impacts of climate change and limit their greenhouse gas emissions.

The ICCP also highlights Québec’s leadership in the fight against climate change on the international stage and promotes the expertise of its private sector, civil society, and research and educational institutions.

The Program fosters sustainable development and a low-carbon, resilient economy by:

  • Capacity building for better managing climate change;
  • Technical and scientific research to fight climate change;
  • The transfer and adaptation of clean technologies originating in or tested in Québec;
  • Local economic development that is resilient to climate change and low in carbon emissions.

The ICCP is financed by the Green Fund under the 2013–2020 Climate Change Action Plan (PDF, 3.7 MB), and addresses priority 9 of the plan aimed at promoting Québec in Canada and on the international scene.

It is administered by the Ministère de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques, in collaboration with the Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie and the Ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation.

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Outcomes of the calls for projects

The Program held three calls for projects. Investments approved in the first two totalled $18M, supporting 23 projects carried out by non-profits, businesses and Québec research institutes in 13 countries.

The third call for projects closed on February 28, 2020. Projects are reviewed by a selection committee, as set out in the program’s normative framework. The recommendations of the committee are then forwarded to the Minister for a final decision. The entire project selection process lasts approximately 16 weeks. All applicants for funding are notified of the outcome at the conclusion of the process.

View the list of projects accepted – Summary Table (first and second call for projects - PDF, 282 KB)


Calls for projects Status Projects Selected
Call for projects no. 3 Ended (February 28, 2020) Forthcoming
Call for projects no. 2 Ended (February 9, 2018) Detailed Fact Sheets on the Projects (PDF, 924 KB)
Call for projects no. 1 Ended (January 31, 2017) Detailed Fact Sheets on the Projects (PDF, 1.3 MB)

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Eligible organizations:

  • Québec companies;
  • Québec non-profit organizations;
  • Québec research and post-secondary educational institutions.
Eligible projects

To be eligible, a project must:

  • Be carried out in one or more of the targeted countries;
  • Be carried out in collaboration with or under the leadership of one or more local partner organizations from one of the targeted countries. The partnership must be composed of separate entities, i.e., it cannot be composed exclusively of a Québec organization and one of its subsidiaries abroad;
  • Contribute to innovative initiatives that meet the general principles of the Program, its objectives and local needs.

A project is not eligible if it:

  • Focuses on clean technology that is in the development or demonstration phase and has not been tested;
  • Aims to create a foundation or seek sponsorships;
  • Pertains to the applicant’s regular operating activities or activities of a recurring nature;
  • Has already started before the Program application is made, unless the application allows the project to begin a new phase or to be developed in another territory.
Priority sectors of intervention

The call for projects gives priority the following sectoral areas:

  • Renewable energy;
  • Energy efficiency;
  • Agriculture and forestry;
  • Residual materials management;
  • Water management;
  • Land use planning.
Financial aid

The maximum financial aid is one million dollars per project.

It is limited to a maximum of 75% of eligible expenses for each of the activities focusing on:

  1. Capacity building, human resources training, and strengthening the governance of local partner organizations;
  2. The transfer of expertise and support for the development of local technical and scientific expertise;
  3. Support for local low-carbon economic development that is resilient to climate change, when it contributes to the activities described in points points 1 and 2.

The Program’s financial aid is limited to a maximum of 50% of eligible expenses related to the acquisition and transfer of clean technologies.

Project duration

The project, excluding the production and delivery of the final report, must be completed within three (3) years of the effective date of the financial aid agreement between the Minister and the recipient organization. Projects and final financial aid payments must be completed no later than March 31, 2024.

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