The Community Innovation Fund was designed to help Quebec’s English-speaking communities put social innovation in action to address the needs of vulnerable English-speaking Quebecers. Financed by the Government of Canada’s Social Development Partnerships Program – Children and Families Component, and managed by the Quebec Community Groups Network, the Fund invested more than $1 million in social initiatives while building partnerships to increase funds that are injected into our communities.
The Fund supported 10 innovative projects that truly transformed the lives of individual English-speaking Quebecers. Targeting the particular priorities of our community’s youth, seniors and caregivers as well as newcomers, the Fund made it possible for community groups to address social issues more effectively. Almost 2,000 vulnerable seniors, youth and newcomers received new services to help them find jobs, fight isolation or learn new skills. By this measure alone, the Fund generated a tremendous return. Furthermore, a core goal of the Community Innovation Fund – that all these projects be sustained into the future – was realized.