Council of the Federation

On December 5, 2003, Canada’s Premiers announced the creation of the Council of the Federation (COF), a new institution for a new era in collaborative intergovernmental relations. The COF was created by Premiers because they believe it is important for provinces and territories to play a leadership role in revitalizing the Canadian Federation and building a more constructive and cooperative federal system.

The COF objectives are to:

  • Promote interprovincial-territorial cooperation and closer ties between members of the Council, to ultimately strengthen Canada;
  • Foster meaningful relations between governments based on respect for the Constitution and recognition of the diversity within the federation;
  • Show leadership on issues important to all Canadians.

The COF meets at least twice a year. There is an annual summer conference held in the jurisdiction of the Chair, which rotates annually, and at least one other meeting at a location determined by the Council. The Council also meets via teleconference periodically throughout the year.

Please visit the Council of the Federation  website for important information regarding: