English-speaking Quebecers fear COVID-19 more than francophones, poll suggests

Anxiety levels surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic vary based not just on where people live in Quebec, but also on their mother tongue, a web survey conducted by Léger Marketing has found.

Allophone and anglophone respondents are much more likely to fear that they or somebody in their immediate family will catch the disease than francophones are, the survey found.

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COVID-19 Survey on the Perceptions of English-speaking Quebecers

The Quebec Community Groups Network and the Association for Canadian Studies commissioned Léger Marketing to conduct a Web survey on COVID-19 and the perceptions of English-speaking Quebecers.

Results indicate that English-speaking Quebecers are more afraid of getting the virus than their francophone counterparts and more likely to be afraid of an immediate family member getting the virus.

English-speaking Quebecers have the highest rate of fear in Canada of contracting COVID-19 while English-speaking Montrealers are most afraid of contracting the coronavirus. That may be due to the fact that English-speaking Quebecers were far more likely than their francophone neighbours to know someone who has COVID-19, the survey showed.

On that backdrop, Anglophones are more likely to want to slow down the pace of return to normal activities than Francophones.

The survey also shows that Quebecers are satisfied with the work of community organizations in the fight against COVID-19.

Meanwhile English-speaking Quebecers are somewhat more likely to volunteer or donate to charity in these difficult times. Most are giving to health and local community services.

The web poll was conducted from May 1 to May 6, 2020. Some 1,638 Quebecers 18 years of age or older, randomly recruited from LEO’s online panel. The survey included some 694 English-speaking respondents. The Association for Canadian Studies is the main mover and shaker behind the COVID-19 survey.

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COVID-19 Self-care Guide distributed in French only

by Geoffrey Chambers, President of the Quebec Community Groups Network

The Government of Quebec determined it was a public health imperative that a detailed 24-page guide providing Quebecers with critical information on best practices in dealing with the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency be delivered to every household. This was done, at substantial cost, because every Quebecer needs to have this information. Unfortunately, the Guide autosoins or Self-care Guide was circulated only in French. On page two, the document notes, in French, that an English version is available online.

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Job Posting: Director of Community Development and Outreach

Start Date: as soon as possible
Term: permanent, full-time (37.5 hours/week)

The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) is looking for an experienced Director of Community Development and Outreach, with strong strategic, communications and relationship-building skills.

Reporting to the Director General, this is an opportunity to take on a leadership role to support and strengthen English-speaking communities across Quebec while helping the QCGN adapt to meet evolving community needs.

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QCGN Welcomes Wider Distribution of COVID-19 Self-care Guide to English-speaking Quebecers

MONTREAL, April 21, 2020 – Following strong advocacy efforts by the Quebec Community Groups Network and others, the Government of Quebec has taken measures to deliver its COVID-19 Self-care Guide to the majority of English-speaking Quebecers.  

The Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier for Relations with English-speaking Quebecers, Christopher Skeete, told CJAD’s Aaron Rand yesterday afternoon that the government will mail out an English-language version of the COVID-19 guide to than 800,000 Quebecers who file their tax returns with Revenue Quebec in English. Other measures include inserts in the Montreal Gazette, the Sherbrooke Record and suburban newspapers; newspaper ads explaining how to obtain the English guide on the Quebec.ca website; and the distribution of ‘duo-lingual’ guides to native communities and COVID-19 evaluation clinics.  

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Quebec erred by not sending out English version of COVID guide

By Geoffrey Chambers, President of the Quebec Community Groups Network

The government of Quebec determined it was a public health imperative that a detailed 24-page guide providing Quebecers with critical information on best practices in dealing with the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency be delivered to every household. This was done, at substantial cost, because every Quebecer needs to have this information.

Unfortunately, the Guide autosoins was circulated only in French. On Page 2 the document notes, in French, that an English version is available online.

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QCGN Creates Information Hub in Response to Coronavirus Crisis

The Quebec Community Groups Network believes that during this unprecedented crisis, it is essential that members of linguistic minority communities have access to quality information in our language. In response, QCGN’s team has created an online information tool that provides access to reliable information in English from trusted sources.  Our coronavirus response hub, put together by QCGN communications and policy staffers, provides links to a wide inventory of new government programs along with access to additional resources and online tools. The QCGN thanks the members and stakeholders who provided us with a wealth of resources. The landscape is changing fast and the page will be updated regularly as new information come to light and we discover new sources of reliable information in English.

West Island’s Family Resource Centre ready to help families during COVID-19 crisis

The phone has been ringing quite a bit at the Family Resource Centre in Pierrefonds

“Over this week, I’m sure we’ve received easily over 100 calls,” said Ron Swan, executive director of the Family Resource Centre, which helps families and children dealing with behavioural issues.

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Analysis: Legault gets top marks from all sides amid COVID-19 crisis

QUEBEC — It is one of those ironies of politics that a leader can look at his or her best when things are at their worst. As the COVID-19 crisis rocks the planet, Premier François Legault finds himself in just that position. Suddenly even anglophones who did not vote for the Coalition Avenir Québec in the 2018 election — and disapprove of many of the government’s policies — think Legault is doing a good job leading the province through this sombre time.

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Quebec’s English-speaking Community and Official Languages

On March 11, the Quebec Community Groups Network hosted a conference surrounding the 50th anniversary of the Official Languages Act. This important piece of legislation that sets out constitutional rights for minority language communities across Canada is often misunderstood by English-speaking Quebecers.

To help conference participants and our community take a deeper look at the Act we prepared a number of instructional materials including an infographic on Quebec’s English-speaking Communities and Official Languages as well a special issue of Canadian Diversity entitled Shifting Landscapes: English-speaking Quebec and the Official Languages Act. We also recommend ACS’s winter issues of Canadian Issues dedicated to the Official Languages Act entitled Linguistic Duality De jure and de facto.