ELAN Quebec thrilled with Government of Canada’s $7.5 million investment in arts and culture micro-grants for official language minority schools

Montreal – September 25, 2018 – ELAN Quebec is proud to support the Government of Canada’s new Community Cultural Action Micro-Grant Program for Minority Schools that will fund artistic and cultural activities in 1000 official language minority schools throughout the country.

“Providing students in Quebec schools with opportunities to explore their identity through the arts contributes to developing creativity and a sense of belonging,” said Christie Huff, ELAN’s ACE (Arts, Communities, Education) Initiative Project Manager.

The new micro-grants are made possible by an investment of up to $7.5 million over four years starting April 1, 2019, announced today by the honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie. The investment falls under the Government of Canada’s Action Plan for Official Languages 2018-2023: Investing in Our Future. For complete press release:

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QCGN to Pay Tribute to Four Remarkable Community Leaders at 10th Anniversary Community Awards Gala

John Rae, Murielle Parkes & Olga Melikoff, and Hayley Campbell to be honoured

MONTREAL, September 24, 2018 – Four inspirational leaders of the English-speaking community are being celebrated by the Quebec Community Groups Network, with this year’s 10th anniversary of its Community Awards. Murielle Parkes and Olga Melikoff, known to many as the mothers of French immersion, and businessman John Rae are being honoured with QCGN’s 10th annual Sheila and Victor Goldbloom Community Service Award. Hayley Campbell has been chosen for the fourth annual Young Quebecers Leading the Way Award.

“The leadership, vision and other qualities provided by these award winners have provided an enduring positive impact across our Community of Communities,” QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers said. “As with every QCGN award winner, their individual dedication, persistence and hard work has served to sustain, strengthen and empower us all.”

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Community-Based Process Results in Strong Watchdog Committee for English Health and Social Services

Montreal – August 14, 2018 – The Quebec Community Groups Network is pleased with the appointment of 11 committed community leaders to the Provincial Committee for the Provision of Health and Social Services in the English Language.  The announcement was made Tuesday afternoon by Health Minister Gaétan Barrette and Kathleen Weil, the Minister Responsible for Relations with English-speaking Quebecers.

These members were appointed following a new selection process outlined in amendments to the Provincial Regulation Respecting the Provincial Committee on the Dispensing of Health and Social Services in the English language, also known as the Provincial Access Committee. Candidates were recommended by the QCGN and the Community Health and Social Services Network (CHSSN).

“We are pleased that this process led to a strong committee made up of English-speaking Quebecers who will be able to advocate forcefully in favour of the real and pressing need for English-speaking Quebecers to have proper access to health and social services in our own language,” said QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers, who was vice-chair of the selection committee that reviewed applicants.

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QCGN Advocates a More Community-Driven Process for Provincial Funding

Montreal – August 14, 2018 – The government of Quebec has committed $6.9 million over three years in funding to community groups across the province, but the Quebec Community Groups Network would like other vulnerable communities and populations to eventually benefit from similar support. An additional $4.9 million is also being made available to support other organizations providing services to English-speaking Quebecers.

“The money is considerably less than what the community requires, but who can be against our community getting much needed funding to support English-speaking Quebecers?” said QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers. “These are all deserving groups that are all doing excellent work in the community, but the allocation process was not transparent and the QCGN is concerned about how the remaining funds will be distributed.”

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Cabinet Shuffle Blurs Roles and Could Delay Implementation of Action Plan for Official Languages

Montreal – July 18, 2018 – The Quebec Community Groups Network congratulates Minister Mélanie Joly, who moves to Tourism, maintains the Official Languages file, and was assigned responsibility for La Francophonie. We also commend Pablo Rodriguez, the new Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism. However, the QCGN is concerned that the cabinet shuffle blurs roles and may create confusion about who is responsible and accountable for Official Languages.

“The Government of Canada has just made a major commitment to Official Languages through its Action Plan for Official Languages – 2018-2023: Investing in Our Future, so we are rightfully concerned about ensuring clear lines of accountability related to the coordination of its implementation,” said QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers. He noted that official language organizations are worried the shuffle will impede the rollout of additional resources allocated for Official Languages through Canadian Heritage.

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QCGN Set to Champion English-speaking Quebecers

Montreal – June 16, 2018 – Galvanized following an upbeat two-day meeting, members of the Quebec Community Groups Network emerged energized and ready to defend Quebec’s English-speaking community on both the federal and provincial fronts.

On the federal front, the hot topic was the new Action Plan for Official Languages 2018–2023: Investing in Our Future – Ottawa’s multi-million-dollar investment strategy to support official language minority communities, including English-speaking Quebec. The plan will provide an additional $57.37 million over five years to Canadian Heritage to boost core funding for official language minority organizations as well as a new dedicated fund of $5.3 million over five years for Quebec’s English-speaking communities.

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QCGN Applauds Priorities in Commissioner’s Annual Report

Montreal – June 12, 2018 – The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) applauds the priorities set forth in the Annual Report of Canada’s new Commissioner of Official Languages, Raymond Théberge.

In his report released this morning, the Commissioner said he plans to keep a close watch on how the government coordinates and implements initiatives described in its Action Plan for Official Languages 2018–2023: Investing in Our Future and work to ensure that official languages and linguistic duality continue to be a fundamentally Canadian value and a national priority.

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Future of English-speaking Quebecers is core element for Modernization of Official Languages Act

Ottawa –May 28, 2018 – The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) spoke up today as part of the Modernization of the Official Languages Act.

“The Act is a lifeline for English-speaking Quebec,” QCGN President Jim Shea told a hearing of the Senate Standing Committee on Official Languages. “The Act is the only language rights legislation that protects the interests of English-speaking Quebecers as a community. It sets out quasi-constitutional rights for English-speaking Quebecers, including the right to access federal services in English, the representation of English-speakers in the federal public service, and those workers’ right to work in English.

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Call for Nominations: Exceptional Candidates Sought for Provincial Access Committee

Across the province members of the English-speaking community are being invited to come forward to work for our community’s interests and help solidify our future.

In what sets a remarkable precedent, the QCGN and the CHSSN have been mandated by a newly revised Quebec Government regulation to establish a joint Selection committee.  This committee will call for and recommend candidates from our community for appointment, by the Minister of Health and Social Services, to the new Provincial committee on the dispensing of health and social services in the English language, better known as the Provincial Access Committee.   The Provincial Access Committee’s mandate is to help approve, oversee and evaluate how our health and social services are delivered in English. Note that the Access committee’s mandate includes the assessment of regional access programs.

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QCGN/Community pleased with funding from Secretariat

Montreal – April 23, 2018 – The Quebec Community Groups Network is pleased that the new Secretariat for Relations with English-speaking Quebecers is investing $950,000 in projects to support the vitality of Quebec’s English-speaking communities.

Kathleen Weil, the Minister responsible for Access to Information and the Reform of Democratic Institutions and Minister responsible for Relations with English-Speaking Quebecers, announced the funding on Monday. The money will flow through Concordia and the Quebec English-speaking Communities Research Network (QUESCREN), a collaborative network of researchers, stakeholders, educational and other institutions housed at Concordia’s School of Community and Public Affairs.

Some $350,000 will remain at QUESCREN to support research related to English-speaking communities and support outreach activities. These include the biennial forum of QUESCREN’s Inter-Level Educational Table titled “Minority Community Vitality through Education”, scheduled for the fall. A feasibility study that explores the possibility of establishing a Centre for Excellence in Social Economy will also be conducted in collaboration with Concordia’s partners.

The remaining $600,000 will be distributed to community partners including the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), which will receive $230,000 to develop and maintain expertise in public policy analysis and research in areas of provincial jurisdiction.

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