La Fête nationale du Québec - Special Update

Dear friends and colleagues,

I have the privilege of addressing you today to celebrate our national holiday, la Fête nationale du Québec. The relationship between Québec and the Midwest is very unique. Our office has been in Chicago for 50 years, and together, not only do we represent the 4th largest economy in the world, but the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence region in and of itself holds roughly 20% of the earth's freshwater resources. In addition to that, each year the trade between Québec and the Midwest totals an average of $20 billion. These figures remind us how much stronger we are when we work together.

As we have seen, once again, during these difficult times, our economies are deeply integrated. This is a significant asset to our region as we think about the protection of our supply chains and supporting each other in periods of turbulence like the one we are facing now.  For example, to help combat Covid-19, Canada has exported over $5 billion of goods to the United States, 25% of which came from Québec.

We have been here for each other, through good times and bad, over the past 50 years, and we are committed to nurturing these ties in the Midwest for the 50 years to come. I look forward to reconnecting, rebuilding, and supporting one another as we adapt to new ways of doing business. There is much work to do and so many shared values to continue to cultivate.

Meanwhile bonne fête nationale à toutes et à tous!


Martine Hébert

Québec Government Representative in Chicago

Celebrate the Fête nationale du Québec chez vous!

While we continue to support mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in Chicago and beyond, join us and our colleagues at the Québec Government Office in London who have curated a magical DIY Fête nationale kit!

From printable coloring pages to a special menu just for the holiday - click HERE to create a festive Fête nationale from the comfort and safety of your own home!

Québec and the Midwest: Prospering Together

Our offices remain closed, but our team is still hard at work.

Click HERE to learn more on our updated services, our team, and how we can help connect you to the right supplier in Québec.


Congrats to l'équipe Paw Paws de la DQC - families of all shapes and sizes went out over the weekend for the Grand Défi de Pierre Lavoie.  From the golf course to skateboarding, our tiny team crushed over 200 kilometers!  Way to go!

Bonne continuation, Leslie!

After nearly four years of service with the Québec Government Office in Chicago, business development officer, Leslie Westfall, will be leaving us at the end of the month (June 2020) to start a new and exciting adventure in Paris, France.

Leslie's passion for her work has been an invaluable asset not only to our office, but to the Québec companies she's served over the years.We will miss your dedication, smile, and team spirit, but we wish you the best of luck in your new endeavors, Leslie! Stay safe and bonne continuation!