The funding will go to the university’s Quebec English-Speaking Communities Research Network (QUESCREN), which “provides opportunities to promote the understanding and vitality of Quebec’s English-language minority communities through research, training, knowledge mobilization, networking and outreach.”
The provincial government is promising to give five English groups $950,000 over the next two years.
Kathleen Weil, the minister responsible for Relations with English-Speaking Quebecers, made the announcement Monday at Concordia University.
She said the funding comes out of the Anglophone Secretariat’s budget, and will go toward expanding school programs, improving tourism, and more.
Community organizations are starting to see some of the money budgeted for Quebec’s new Anglophone Affairs Secretariat with the minister responsible Kathleen Weil promising more to come.
Weil announced $950,000 over two years will go towards five groups that help support English-speaking communities in the province, specifically for projects to deal with issues raised during recent public consultations:
• $350,000 for Concordia University’s Quebec English-speaking Communities Research Network (QUESCREN);
• $230,000 for umbrella group Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN);
• $230,000 for English-Language Arts Network (ELAN)
• $80,000 for the Council for Anglophone Magdalen Islanders (CAMI);
• $60,000 for the Eastern Townships Resource Centre (ETRC).
The Montreal Gazette
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Re: “Anglo panel sounds familiar” (Letters, April 13) In his letter, Robert Libman characterizes as unnecessary the revamped regulation announced by Health Minister Gaétan Barrette to oversee the creation of access plans that guarantee the delivery of health and social services in English to our community.
As a former MNA, Libman should know that rights obtained by Alliance Quebec in negotiations with the government in 1986 only guarantee services where plans are in place that actually define those services.
As a result of massive reforms in the health-care system, many of those plans are either out of date or out of service. Over the past few years, we have received frequent complaints about the lack of access to services in English, a recurring problem throughout the province.
QCGN Vice-President was interviewed on Breakfast Television, to discuss revamped regulations that will ensure English-speaking Quebecers have a voice in the accessibility and quality of health and social services in their own language.
Quebec Health Minister Gaétan Barrette and Kathleen Weil, the minister responsible for relations with English-speaking Quebecers, announced new regulations creating a provincial access committee.
Barrette said problems for English speakers in health care existed long before he enacted Bill 10, which abolished local boards at various institutions.
“I’m announcing a solution to a problem that already existed,” he said. “I understood that the community wanted to have a voice in one, clearly established way, through a provincial committee on access.”
How much money will be set aside for the committee will be made public at a later date, Barrette said.
Maldoff said the rights of English speakers cannot depend on the good will of the government.
Quebec’s health minister was at the Lakeshore General Hospital on Monday to unveil a new regulation that aims to improve access to healthcare for the province’s English-speaking minority.
The regulation creating a provincial access committee is the product of a three-year collaboration between English-language rights advocates and the health minister.
“At the end of the day, the only rights you ultimately have is if it’s written in an access plan you can sue on it because it’s a real right,” lawyer Eric Madoff said.
Maldoff heads the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) Health and Social Services Committee, one of the two groups who helped draft the new regulation.
QCGN Health and Social Services Committee Chair, Eric Maldoff, comments on newly revamped regulations that will ensure English-speaking Quebecers have a voice in the accessibility and quality of health and social services in their own language. The regulation was announced by Health Minister Gaétan Barrette, and Kathleen Weil, the Minister Responsible for Relations with English-speaking Quebecers on Monday.
Quebec Health Minister Gaétan Barrette has announced plans to adopt new regulation in the hopes of improving access to health care services for English-speaking Quebecers.
Global’s Anne Leclair reports.
Quebec’s English-speaking communities are one step closer to having more of a say on access to healthcare services in English.
The Quebec government announced that it’s greenlighted the creation of a revamped provincial advisory committee that will monitor healthcare services in English and provide recommendations on how what’s needed and where.
The revised committee was held up by the merger nearly three years ago of health care agencies overseeing services in different regions in the province.
English-speaking Quebecers will now have more of a voice when it comes to health and social services for the Anglophone community.
Quebec’s health minister announced a new regulation on Monday aimed at addressing concerns that were raised three years ago with the introduction of Bill 10.
The 2015 bill massively reorganized Quebec’s healthcare and social services system, sparking an outcry from the English-speaking community that they would lose a voice due to the elimination of health boards and patients’ committees.
On Monday, several prominent English-rights advocates said they’ve been working closely with Health Minister Gaetan Barrette to address those concerns.
The newly announced regulation will create both a provincial access committee and several regional committees.
“What’s changed here is the provincial advisory committee is now a committee of our community,” said Eric Maldoff, head of the health and social services committee of the Quebec Community Groups Network.
The federal government’s announcement of $500 million in new spending for official-language minority communities was heartily welcomed by groups representing English-speaking communities in Quebec Wednesday.
The new spending brings the total investment of the federal government to $2.7 billion, the largest-ever commitment to official languages.
“The government of Canada has increased its investment in official languages by $500 million — a remarkable increase — and it has put English-speaking Quebec front and centre,” said James Shea, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), a coalition representing 56 English-language community organizations across Quebec.
The Quebec Community Groups Network says its members are happy Anglophones were mentioned in the 2018-2019 Quebec budget.
They say overall, they are pleased with the $25 million going to support English-speaking Quebecers.
Part of that money is going to scientific research, focused on anglophone communities, which the QCGN says is objective third-party research into minority issues.
QUEBEC — Following years of complaints that the needs and concerns of the province’s English-speaking minority have gone largely unheeded, Quebec announced it will invest $24.5 million over the next six years to support community institutions and work to keep young anglo Quebecers in the province.
The money will go toward the secretariat of anglophone affairs created last November, with Minister Kathleen Weil at its helm. To date, the bureau within Quebec’s civil service designed to ensure the needs of the community are reflected in government policy, had received $1 million in funding and counted five employees. Tuesday’s budget marked the first time a firm dollar figure had been connected to the secretariat.
The ambitious budget is raining money on health care, education, small businesses and more.
There will be $24.5 million of Quebec’s economic plan over the next five years given to the Department for Relations with English-speaking Quebecers to ensure the “vitality” of the province’s anglophone community.
This comes after Leitao met with several anglophone group at the beginning of March as part of the consultation process for the budget, including Youth Employment Services (YES), the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) and the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN).
At the time, the QCGN insisted there was a need to establish committees to serve Montreal’s English hospitals and create organizations to act as access points for the English-speaking community.