Montréal: Home to international organizations
More than 65 international organizations, including the headquarters of 4 UN agencies, have chosen to locate in Montréal. Indeed, the city has the third largest concentration of international organizations in North America. Among the most prestigious of these organizations are the International Civil Aviation Organization, the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the World Anti-Doping Agency.
Why establish your organization in Montréal
Montréal is located in the heart of one of the world’s most stable and economically vibrant countries. The city offers international organizations and their employees an urban setting where they enjoy a safe, cosmopolitan environment, strong buying power and an exceptional quality of life.
- A large concentration of international organizations
- The world capital of civil aviation— airlines providing 90% of the world’s air traffic have flights to and from Montréal
- A multilingual population: +140 languages spoken (55% of the population is bilingual and 20% trilingual or more)
- The safest city among the 20 largest cities in Canada and the United States
- A strategic location: 90 min by air to New York and 1hr 45 min to Washington
- The most competitive operating costs among the 20 largest cities in Canada and the United States
- 2nd largest concentration of consulates in North America
- University capital of Canada, with 11 institutions and more than 200,000 students, including 35,500 international students
International Organizations in Montréal
International Academy of Law and Mental Health
The International Academy of Law and Mental Health (IALMH) is founded on the belief that issues arising from the interaction of law and mental health can best be addressed through multidisciplinary and cross-national approaches.
The UN Refugee Agency | Canada
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people. UNHCR has operations in more than 130 countries.
World Anti-Doping Agency
The mission of the World Anti-Doping Agency is to lead a collaborative global movement for doping-free sports.
Agence universitaire de la Francophonie
The Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) is one of the most important higher education and research associations in the world.
AIESEC is a global platform for young people to develop their leadership potential through international internships and volunteer opportunities.
Airports Council International
The Airports Council International (ACI) is a non-profit organization representing airports around the world. Its mission is to advance the interests of airports and promote professional excellence in airport management and operations.
Alternatives International is a network of social and political movements that aims to build solidarity between social movements at the local, national and international level.
Associated research Centers for the Urban Underground Space
For more than 30 years, ACUUS has been a key player in underground development around the world. With its multidisciplinary approach, ACUUS serves as an international think tank for urban underground development.
International Political Science Association
The mission of IPSA, as outlined in its constitution, is to support the development of political science in the four corners of the world, building academic networks that connect North, South, East and West.
Association internationale des conférenciers professionnels de la francophonie
AICPF is an NGO that provides public speaking training for those working in the government, public and private sectors.
International Association of Theatre Critics
The International Association of Theatre Critics (IATC) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization operating under statute B of UNESCO. Bringing together more than 2,000 theatre critics, its goal is to promote international cooperation.
International Air Transport Association
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is the trade association for the world’s airlines. IATA supports various aviation activities and helps formulate industry policies on critical aviation issues.
International Bureau for Children’s Rights
The IBCR’s mission is to promote and support the Convention on the Rights of the Child, an international treaty adopted by the UN in 1989 and now ratified by 192 countries.
Global Call for Climate Action
The Global Call for Climate Action (GCCA) is an alliance of more than 270 non-profit organizations around the world dedicated to overcoming climate change.
CANEUS International is a unique non-profit organization of public and private professionals, partnering to foster the coordinated global development of MNT (Micro-Nano Technologies) for aerospace and defence applications.
Centre for International Sustainable Development Law
CISDL is an independent international legal research institute that supports the understanding, development and implementation of sustainable development through sponsorships, scholarships and empowerment.
International centre for innovation and knowledge transfer on the social and solidarity economy (CITIES)
C.I.T.I.E.S. supports the international gathering, sharing and transfer of knowledge and best practices in the field of social economy. It focuses on collaborations between local governments and civil society to enable territorial development.
International Centre for the Prevention of Crime
The International Centre for the Prevention of Crime (ICPC) is the only global non-governmental organization focused exclusively on crime prevention and community safety.
World Centre of Excellence for Destinations
The CED’s mission is to guide global tourist destinations towards excellence by supporting their efforts to foster sustainable development and to offer social, economic and cultural benefits.
Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation - ICAO Liaison Office
The CANSO-ICAO Liaison Office represents the interests of Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) at the highest level of world aviation governance.
Comité Syndical Francophone de l’ Education et de la Formation
The Comité syndical francophone de l’éducation et de la formation (French language education and training committee) is comprised of union organizations and professionals in the education field from some 37 French-speaking countries.
Commission for Environmental Cooperation
The CEC facilitates collaboration and public participation to foster the conservation, protection and enhancement of the North American environment, increasing economic, trade and social connections between Canada, Mexico and the United States.
World Configuration of Productivity Science
The WCPS confederation brings together individuals and organizations around the globe who are committed to (or want to explore) productivity improvement as a means of creating wealth and improving quality of life for regions and nations.
Conseil des Festivals Jumelés
The Conseil des festivals jumelés (twinned festivals council) is a network of four twinned festivals: Vues d’Afrique, Pan-African Film Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO), Amiens International Film Festival and Festival international du film francophone de Namur.
International Council for Aerospace Training
ICAT is a global network of training establishments and aeronautical companies, which aims to promote basic standardized aerospace training that can be applied internationally while conforming to European and American standards.
The International Cospas-Sarsat Programme is an intergovernmental organization providing accurate, timely and reliable distress alerts and location data, to help search and rescue teams assist people in distress.
International Federation of Corporate Football
The International Federation of Corporate Football (FIFCO) is the world's governing body of corporate football.
International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations (IFATCA)
The International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations (IFATCA) brings together air traffic controller professional associations from around the world. Founded in 1961, the Federation publishes a quarterly magazine called 'The Controller.'
International Federation of Multimedia Associations
FIAM's mission is to develop a global networking platform for professional organizations, industrial associations, chambers of commerce & industry, financial organizations, research & educational institutions, manufacturers, service & tech providers, and more.
International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity
The International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity (IFCCD) is the voice of cultural professionals around the world.
Fédération internationale d'Inter-crosse
The Fédération Internationale d’Inter-Crosse, created in Paris in 1985, is an international organization that brings together national federations to promote and educate citizens on the Intercrosse sport.
World Federation of Hemophilia
The World Federation of Hemophilia improves and sustains care for people with inherited bleeding disorders around the world.
World Federation of Science Journalists
The World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ) is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization that represents science journalist associations globally.
Women in Cities International
Founded in 2002, Women in Cities International (WICI) is a not-for-profit network focusing on gender equality and the participation of women in urban development.
Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol
The Multilateral Fund is dedicated to reversing the deterioration of the Earth’s ozone layer. It was established in 1991 to help developing countries meet the Montreal Protocol commitments.
Francopol is made up of around a dozen police forces and institutes in Belgium, Canada, France, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Quebec. Its mission is to promote the sharing of research and best practices around police training and expertise in francophone communities.
Future Earth is a major international research platform that provides knowledge and support to accelerate the transition to a sustainable global community.
The Montreal Group
The Montreal Group is a forum created to foster peer group exchanges, identify best practices and share innovative solutions on issues and products such as loan guarantees, financing intangible projects, consulting services, and global business matching or governance.
Hacking Health is an international non-for-profit organization that encourages collaboration, empowering key stakeholders to find innovative and meaningful solutions to healthcare challenges.
Ico-D - International Council of Design
Ico-D is the world body for professional communication design. It is a non-profit, non-partisan, member-based network of independent organizations and stakeholders working within the multidisciplinary scope of communication design and expanded media.
UNESCO Institute for Statistics
The UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) is the statistical branch of UNESCO. It delivers comparative data for countries at all stages of development to provide a global perspective on education, science and technology, culture and communication.
International Institute of Integral Human Sciences
IIIHS promotes inter-religious & inter-cultural understanding for world peace. The organization's founder and president, Dr. John Fossner, is an Anglican minister and a professor of Comparative Religion and Culture at Concordia University in Montreal.
International Business Aviation Council
The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) is comprised of business aviation associations from around the world. IBAC is an international non-governmental organization (INGO) with permanent observer status from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
International Executive Search Federation (IESF)
Founded in 2002, IESF is the largest retained executive search group in the world, identifying talent and leadership in 80 offices and 22 countries globally.
International Federation of Airline Pilots’ Associations
The mission of IFALPA is to act as a global voice for professional pilots by providing representation, services and support to promote the highest level of aviation safety worldwide.
Doctors of the World Canada
Doctors of the World is an international humanitarian organization that provides emergency and long-term medical care to vulnerable populations while fighting for equal access to healthcare worldwide.
NewCities is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to making cities more inclusive, connected, healthy and vibrant.
ORBICOM – Network of UNESCO in Communication
Jointly created in 1994 by UNESCO and Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), ORBICOM is a network of 250 associate members and 30 UNESCO chairs in communications from around the world.
International Civil Aviation Organization
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations, created in 1944 to promote the safe and orderly development of international civil aviation throughout the world.
International Social Tourism Organisation – Americas
ISTO is an international non-profit organization whose mission is to promote access to leisure, holidays and tourism for all (young people, families, senior citizens and disabled people).
Inter-American Organization for Higher Education
IOHE's mission is to contribute to the social and political transformation of higher education institutions (HEIs), while creating a common space for inter-American collaboration.
Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership
The GSEP is an international non-profit organization composed of the world’s leading electricity providers. It aims to promote sustainable energy development through renewable energy projects and capacity-building activities in developing and emerging nations worldwide.
Public Population Project in Genomics and society (P3G)
The Public Population Project in Genomics (P³G) and Society is a not-for-profit consortium that provides the international research community with access to the expertise, resources and innovative tools for health and social sciences research.
Pulp and paper products council
The Pulp and Paper Products Council (PPPC) is recognized as the industry reference and principal source of information on the global pulp and graphic paper markets.
Réseau international francophone pour la responsabilité sociale en santé
RIFRESS's mission is to build connections between academic institutions and future care providers, to train them and help define their social responsibility.
Réseau mère-enfant de la FrancophonieRéseau mère-enfant de la Francophonie
The mission of the Réseau mère-enfant de la Francophonie (mother-child network of French-speaking countries) is to support the development of best care and management practices for its members.
Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity
Signed by 150 government leaders at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, the Convention on Biological Diversity is dedicated to promoting sustainable development.
International Secretariat for Water
The International Secretariat for Water (ISW) is an international non-governmental organization whose mission is to facilitate the application of the four principles outlined in the Montreal Charter on Drinking Water and Sanitation.
Secrétariat international des infirmières et infirmiers francophones
SIDIIEF (international secretariat of French-speaking nurses) is a non-profit organization with a mission to enable nurses to share their knowledge and experience with French-speaking communities, to help improve the quality of patient care and services.
Secrétariat international francophone pour l'évaluation environnementale
SIFÉE (international French-language secretariat for environmental assessment) is a non-governmental, non-profit organization. Its primary mission is to promote environmental assessment in French-speaking communities.
Société internationale d'urologie
The Societé’s mission is to enable urologists in all nations apply the highest standards of urological care to patients, through international cooperation in education and research.
The Transplantation Society
The Transplantation Society is a non-governmental organization (NGO) which serves as an international forum for the global advancement of organ transplantation.
International Union for Health Promotion and Education
IUHPE is a unique, global, independent and professional association of individuals and organizations committed to improving health and wellbeing through education, community action and the development of health public policy.
International Union of Psychological Science
The International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS) works to promote the development, representation and advancement of psychology as a basic and applied science—nationally, regionally, and internationally.
World Airlines Clubs Association
The World Airlines Clubs Association (WACA) is a world body that unites and promotes the activities of interline clubs around the globe. It was founded in 1966 during the Riviera Airlines Club Conference in Cannes, France.
World Design Organization
The World Design Organization (WDO)™ is an international non-governmental organization, founded in 1957 to promote the industrial design profession. WDO advocates industrial design-driven innovation that creates a better world.
Montréal hosts more international conventions than any other city in the Americas! The city welcomes over 60% of international meetings held in Canada, putting it at the heart of major events shaping the world’s future.
The region offers a wide variety of extraordinary meeting sites. The largest of these is undoubtedly the Palais de Congrès. Located downtown, it’s linked to 4,000 hotel room by a network of underground pedestrian malls, featuring 552,000 sq.-ft. of leasing space.
- No. 1 destination in North America for the number of international congresses
- Short-term stays less costly than in other major cities
- Easy access to meeting locations via an excellent transit system
Tailored financial support
More than half of the city’s 65 international organizations have received support from Montréal International since its founding in 1996. Organizations wishing to establish their headquarters or a regional office in Montréal may be eligible for financial support from the Montréal International Development Fund, administered by Montréal International.
Additionally, the Government of Québec offers important incentives to non-governmental international organizations, including property tax exemptions for associations as well as income tax exemptions for non-Canadian employees.
“ Among other things, Montréal is well-appreciated for its rich ethnic and cultural diversity, charming lifestyle, safety and reasonable cost of living. All of these factors are important for an organization such as ours, as is the unwavering support of Montréal International. ”
Dr. Fang Liu
Secretary General, ICAO