Jules Léger, Ambassador of Canada to France, first had the idea in 1964 to found a cultural centre in France in order to dynamize and reinforce expanding Franco-Canadian cultural relations. The signature of the Franco-Canadian Cultural Agreement in November 1965 gave birth to the project, which was officially announced on the occasion of the Centennial of Canada’s Confederation on July 1, 1967.

The Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris was officially opened on April 2, 1970, at 5 rue de Constantine opposite the Esplanade des Invalides in the presence of Mitchell Sharp, secretary of state for External Affairs and its first director, Guy Viau.



In April 2013, the Canadian Cultural Centre made official the donation and transfer of its documentation to the universities of the Pôle de Recherche et d’Enseignement Supérieur (PRES) Limousin Poitou-Charentes, thus marking the success of a transition aiming to promote and ensure the continued existence of this collection of Canadian documentation.

On the basis of close collaboration, the universities of La Rochelle, Limoges and Poitiers proceeded to divide this collection of nearly 18,000 books and 200 periodicals in French and English on literature, history, law and the arts in Canada according to their main centres of interest.

For many years, the universities of the PRES Limousin Poitou-Charentes distinguished themselves through their teaching and research activities focussing on Canada and the mutual founding of a chair of Canadian studies. The choice of this French university centre of excellence has not only reinforced and enhanced the strong ties uniting them to Canada, but also to facilitate access to the collection to all students and researchers.

As it has entered the libraries of these three universities, the collection will now be documented on the national catalogue of the French university library network (SUDoc) and on the portal of the Institut des Amériques, which will available to the French and international academic community.


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