Montréal: 1st in Canada for international organizations

published on October 25, 2022
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As a mid-point between North America and Europe, Montréal is a multinational hot spot that is not only the most multilingual city on the continent, but also a leader in international meetings. With all these credentials, it might come as no surprise that Montréal is home to the most international organizations in Canada.

Aviation, development, design, and beyond

With 70 international organizations (IOs), including four UN headquarters, Montréal ranks 3rd in the Americas for the number of IOs. As a world civil aviation capital and sustainable development hub, Montréal is home to many IOs in both of these sectors. Others notable specializations include life sciences, education, international development, design, and more

A world of variety

Big players like the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD), the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) all operate here, drawing workers from one of the world’s highest ranked educational systems. The full list of International Organizations in Montréal is something we’re proud to share.

The newest addition to Montréal

The United Nations program for human settlements and sustainable urban development — entitled UN-Habitat — is opening a new project office in Montréal. The office will be responsible for the Global Programme on Green, Resilient Sustainable Cities and will be the sixth UN office located in Montréal. UN-Habitat aims to leverage the latest advances in science and technology to support the sustainable development of cities.

Montréal was chosen for its leading-edge AI and urban development ecosystems, academic institutions, and its pool of international organizations. What’s more, a number of avenues for cooperation have been identified with local players, including researchers at McGill University, Concordia University, and Mila - Québec’s AI Institute (MILA).

Where the nations unite – and consult

As one of the United Nations eight headquarter cities (second in North America), Montréal is a highly sought-after address for the consulates of the world. With 46 consulates general and 33 consulates, 79 countries have presence here, ranging from Algeria to Yemen. The city’s well-connected Montréal-Trudeau Airport also makes getting here and away a snap with direct service to over 150 destinations across Canada, the USA, and overseas.


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