According to the first paragraph of section 3.13 of the Act respecting the Ministère du Conseil exécutif, the Government may exempt from the application of Division II of this Act, in whole or in part, an agreement or class of agreements, to the extent and under such conditions as it determines.
Order in Council 241-2023 allows for the exclusion, from the application of this Act, of agreements that involve the provision of a financial assistance of under $100,000 by the Government of Canada, a federal government agency or a federal public agency to a municipal body, subject to certain conditions.
In accordance with the third paragraph of this Order in Council's operative provisions, the Minister Responsible for Canadian Relations and the Canadian Francophonie shall publish, on the website of the Secrétariat du Québec aux relations canadiennes, an updated list of the programs of the Government of Canada, of a federal government agency or of a federal public agency to which Order in Council 241-2023 does not apply.
Be advised that a copy of each agreement, as well as a certified copy of a resolution adopted by the council of the municipal body certifying that the agreement complies with the terms of the Order in Council and the conditions it outlines, must be forwarded to the Minister of Municipal Affairs no later than 30 days after signing.
To be considered eligible for the purposes of Order in Council 241-2023, targeted agreements must meet specific guidelines.
In any such agreement, if the character of the project and the amount of the financial assistance which is paid require the inclusion of provisions dealing with any of the matters listed in this schedule, such provisions shall be drafted within the parameters specified therein.
These provisions shall contain any item that must be specified in order to carry out the purpose of the agreement or its execution.
The governing law provision must state that the agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws applicable in Québec and that in the event of a dispute, the courts of Québec shall have exclusive jurisdiction over the matter.
This provision must indicate:
The audit provision must specify:
The agreement shall include the following two provisions or, if applicable, one of them:
This provision shall provide that either party may terminate the agreement by giving notice to that effect. Such notice shall state the time period after which the agreement will expire and, if applicable, the terms and conditions required to do so. This provision shall also provide that repayment of monies spent in good faith on the project by the municipal agency prior to receipt of the notice of termination, shall not be required.
This provision must include:
The language and communications provision must provide for the application of the Charter of the French language (chapter C-11), its regulations and policies, including the exclusive use of French in the execution and implementation of the agreement, unless the use of a language other than French is required to carry out the project for which the financial assistance is provided.
If the character of the project for which funding is provided requires consultation with third parties or Indigenous communities, the consultation provision shall provide that such consultation be conducted exclusively in accordance with the procedures, practices and policies of the municipal body. This consultation must not, under any circumstances, be made, referred to or considered as being related to constitutional imperatives.
The provision on public acknowledgement for the payment of financial assistance by the Government of Canada, federal government agency or federal public agency must be commensurate with the nature of the project andthe amount of financial assistance.
This provision must provide for advance negotiation and mediation mechanisms that ensure the equality of the parties. It may also provide for arbitration under Québec law.