Founded in 1965, the Québec Interprofessional Council was originally a voluntary association of 15 professional corporations, now known as "orders."
The Council's existence and role were recognized in specific legislation with the passage of the Professional Code in 1973 and its entry into force in 1974. In addition to grouping the professional orders under one umbrella, the Council, along with the newly created Office des professions du Québec, was vested with the mandate of acting as an advisory body to the government. You may consult the Professional Code under Professional Laws on the Council's home page.
The Council is an association of professional orders recognized under the Professional Code, which vests it with the mission of advisory body to the government.
As an association of professional orders, the Council:
As an advisory body to the government, the Council is consulted in particular on:
Certain interventions of the Council are required by the law, for example, a request from the government or a minister to which the law requires an answer or a consultation process stipulated by the law.
The Council may also, after consulting its members, initiate other interventions. The Council issues opinions on different governmental and legislative matters related to the goals, consistency and effectiveness of the professional system.
Last, the Council takes part in discussions concerning important issues for Québec society within the broad perspective of the public interest.
The general meeting of members is the ultimate decision-making body of the Council. It is composed of 44 professional orders, represented by their presidents or delegates and the president of the Council.
The executive committee is responsible for the general administration of the Council. It is composed of seven people who are elected by the general meeting of members: the president of the Council, a vice-president, a secretary, a treasurer and three directors.
The president is elected by the general meeting of members from among representatives of the professional orders. The president is the Council spokesperson and liaison person with the Minister responsible for the application of professional legislation and the Office des professions du Québec.
Volunteers from the professional orders ensure the democratic functioning of the Council and are active in its committees and forums.
Three standing committees created by the general meeting of members-the planning committee, legislation committee and finance committee-assist the executive committee in carrying out particular functions and studying various files. Members of these committees are appointed by the executive committee.The committees are chaired by a member of the executive committee.
The Council may also create ad hoc committees to study particular issues.
The Council's funding comes almost exclusively from the compulsory contributions of its members, who set the overall amount every year.
Many of the Council's activities, including training sessions and colloquia, are organized on a self-financing basis.
The Council gathers and processes information in connection with files which, according to its strategic plan, are earmarked for attention to benefit the orders as a community. Information sharing is part of the monitoring role assumed by both Council staff and its members. The Council's different bodies analyze and summarize information, with the assistance of staff members.
Information monitoring at the Council is primarily directed at different topics of interest for the orders. Internal trends in professional circles and emerging outside influences are tracked and analyzed and the information is shared among members.
The Prix du CIQ and the Mérite du CIQ are prestigious symbols of recognition for the professionals to whom they are awarded.
The Prix du CIQ is awarded to an experienced professional in Québec in recognition of the excellence of her or his contribution to the professional system (list of laureates).
The Mérite du CIQ is awarded on the recommendation of the professional orders and is remitted to their members who have distinguished themselves by service on behalf of their profession and professional order.
Since 2002, the La Personnelle general insurance company has been associated with the Council by sponsoring the production and awarding of works of art to symbolize the Prix and the Mérite awards.
In conformity with the Professional Code, at the end of its financial year the Council presents an annual report on the organization's activities. The report is tabled at the Québec National Assembly by the Minister responsible for the application of professional legislation. The annual report for the last year is available under Documents on the Council's home page.
Published quarterly, Info-Express covers current issues of the professional system. It is distributed to the professional orders and various other agencies and decision-makers in sectors of activity of interest to the orders. The last four issues of Info-Express are available under Documents on the Council's home page.
Colloquia are another way the Council contributes to discussions of public interest. Colloquia are an opportunity for the orders and their partners to share information and thinking about the professional system. Colloquium proceedings are posted under Documents on the Council's home page.
The Council maintains a website on which its posts an abundance of information and documents on the professional system, the Council and the professional orders. Through the site, surfers can also gain access to the sites of the professional orders and numerous pertinent websites addressing different questions related to the professional system.
|Jean-François THUOT, Ph.D., Adm.A.|
Director of Legal Affairs
|Marie-Claude SIMARD, Advocate |
|Professional and Legal Affairs Officer||Julie DE GONGRE, Advocate|
|Agent research and communication|
Samuel LESSARD, M.A.
|Administrative Assistant||Colette CLÉROUX|