French Language Study Program: Immigration and Education Officials Need to Find Solution, Not Cast Aspersions on Students and English School Boards

Montreal – April 18, 2017 – It’s unacceptable that the future of hundreds of immigration candidates is in limbo despite graduating from French courses that were approved by Quebec’s Ministry of Education. It is up to the provincial Ministries of Immigration and Education to find a remedy rather than sacrificing the future of would-be Quebecers […]

Access to Justice in Both Official Languages

On April 11, the QCGN presented to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Official Languages for a study on the Full Implementation of the Official Languages Act in the Canadian Justice System. Accompanied by Michael Bergman of the Association of English-speaking Jurists of Quebec, QCGN expressed support for a Supreme Court of Canada appointment […]

Setback for Agape’s ‘Wellness Centre’

“A bit of a setback was announced at Agape NPI Partners’ latest meeting. Agape Inc., the founding player in the Networking Partnership Initiative group, saw its application for $100,000 in funding from Ottawa for a new English Speaking Seniors’ Wellness Centre in Laval turned down recently.” The Laval News reports on a NPI’s meeting where […]

The 7 Keys to Cracking the Quebec Code

Who are the Québécois, French and English-speaking? What makes them tick? What are their values and preferences? Produced by Léger Research Intelligence Group, and written by pollster Jean-Marc Léger, marketing professor Jacques Nantel and journalist Pierre Duhamel, Cracking the Quebec Code draws on extensive data to reveal who we are. Part social study, part marketing […]

Impératif français thanks Claude Dubois; QCGN awarded Lemon Prize (FR)

“Impératif français a lancé ses fleurs au chanteur-compositeur-interprète Claude Dubois et a tiré le pot à la Ville de Gatineau, dimanche, lors de la cérémonie de remise des ses prix d’excellence et Citron à l’occasion de la Francofête 2017.” During a celebration made by Impératif Français, a French-speaking defense group, they has awarded their Prix Citron […]

Trudeau should have answered in French and English (FR)

“Dans son rapport préliminaire d’enquête, dont #ONfr a obtenu copie, la commissaire aux langues officielles du Canada, Ghislaine Saikaley, juge fondées les plaintes à l’encontre du gouvernement de Justin Trudeau pour les manques observés en matière de langues officielles pendant la tournée pancanadienne du premier ministre.” A preliminary report from the Office of the Commissioner […]

QCGN Hopeful About Opportunities for Official Language Minority Communities in Federal Budget

Montreal – March 23, 2017 – The Quebec Community Groups Network is cautiously optimistic about opportunities for Quebec’s English-speaking Community contained in this week’s federal budget. “The budget’s emphasis on skills development, innovation, and job growth are a good fit to our community’s strategic development goals of economic prosperity,” commented QCGN President James Shea. “We […]

Community Innovation Fund announces shortlisted projects

Montreal – March 21, 2017 – The independent selection committee for the Community Innovation Fund (CIF) met last week and has come up with a shortlist of organizations that will be invited to submit a full application. The selection committee, chaired by Grace Hogg, Grants Coordinator of the George Hogg Family Foundation, has shortlisted 11 […]

Anglophones are helping English-speaking newcomers integrate and that’s good for Quebec: QCGN

“Efforts by Quebec’s anglophone communities and institutions to help English-speaking newcomers successfully integrate into Quebec society should be financially and politically supported by the Quebec government, the director general of the Quebec Community Groups Network said Wednesday.” English-speakers are seen like the poster children of integration in Quebec by Sylvia Martin-Laforge, director general of the QCGN. […]

Fight for your democracy, says NDP’s Tom Mulcair

“The leader of Canada’s New Democrats chuckled when asked for his thoughts about democracy in Canada.” During the Young Quebecers Leading the way forum, Mike de Souza asked a few questions to NPD leader Thomas Mulcair, who was there to speak about politics and democracy to a crowd of young Quebecers. Thomas Mulcair answered questions […]

QCGN to Host Conference on Community Engagement and the Integration of Newcomers

Montreal – March 13, 2017 –  On March 15, 2017, the Quebec Community Groups Network will be hosting a one-day conference entitled Community Engagement and the Successful Integration of Newcomers. The one-day event on the eve of the National Metropolis Conference will bring together dozens of representatives from various sectors and regions to discuss how […]

Final Youth Forum in National Capital Region

Montreal, March 13 –  This past weekend dozens of Quebec youth gathered in Gatineau/Ottawa for the third and final Young Quebecers Leading the Way forum. Young delegates spent the weekend meeting with experts including politicians, journalists and others on six themes including Economy, Canadian identity, Indigenous peoples, Politics and Democracy, Social issues and the Environment […]

Bilingual Young Quebecers Leading the Way to Canada’s Future

Montreal – March 10, 2017 – This year marks the 150th anniversary of Confederation. What does that mean to Quebec’s youth? What are the hot issues for youth with regards to Canadian identity, social issues, the environment, the economy, Canada’s role in the world? How do they see the future of this country and their […]

Quebec scraps plan to eliminate Manon Massé’s riding after protests

“Quebec is scrapping a plan to eliminate the Montreal riding of Sainte-Marie–Saint-Jacques, which is currently represented by Québec Solidaire MNA Manon Massé.” The decision was announced on Thursday March 2 by the Directeur général des élections du Québec. MNA Manon Massé called the decision a victory for the people living in the riding. The chief […]

Anglophones frustrated with lack of English on borough websites

“The Quebec Community Groups Network, representing Quebec’s English-speaking communities, says it’s time the websites for Montreal’s boroughs be translated into English. Currently, only five of Montreal’s 19 boroughs have an English website.” Two others have partially translated their websites. Sylvia Martin-Laforge says that it is a problem of services, of access to information. Some residents […]