Job Posting: Communications Assistant

Start Date: May 2, 2022 End date: August 19, 2022 Salary: $39,000 per annum The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) is seeking a bilingual, dynamic, tech savvy communication assistant to provide communications, media scanning and social media support. The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) is an incorporated not-for-profit organization that identifies, explores and addresses strategic […]

“Too much stick, not enough carrot”: Panelists express concerns about Bill 96

The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) explored Bill 96 from all angles at a webinar on the evening of Jan. 20. The wide-ranging, controversial legislation was first tabled in May 2021. Although it technically died on the order paper when Premier François Legault prorogued the National Assembly in October, the government has asserted its intention […]

QCGN Language Rights Webinar: André Pratte & Christopher Curtis

As opposition and concern grows over Bill 96, An Act respecting French, the official and common language of Québec, the QCGN continues its series of webinars helping Quebecers understand the implications of language legislation. In this webinar, former senator and journalist André Pratte and independent journalist Christopher Curtis will review the Bill’s progress through the […]

Job Offer: Junior Policy Analyst

ABOUT THE QCGN Founded in 1995, the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) gives voice to Canada’s English linguistic minority communities, known collectively as the English-speaking Community of Quebec (ESCQ). It advocates on behalf of this community, promoting its views, positions and interests, ensuring the respect and evolution of its rights, and contributing to its growth […]

Community Group Says Bill 96 Limits the Rights of Anglophones

In an open letter written by Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) to Premier Legault, QCGN states that the government definition of “English Eligible” is limiting and minority groups, under international norms, should define themselves. The current definition of English Eligible excludes between 300,000 and 500,000 English-speaking Quebecers, making the category far from inclusive and limiting […]

Health access committee reform concerns advocates

A regulation changing the composition of the Provincial Access Committee (PAC), the review body which oversees programs developed by regional health authorities to ensure access to English-language health services, was quietly adopted in late December. “It’s difficult to see the effect of this reform on the care provided to individuals, but it doesn’t make it […]

Event registration: QCGN Language Rights Webinar, January 20, 2022

Join us for a Zoom Webinar to hear from the Honourable André Pratte and Christopher Curtis as they discuss the progress of Quebec’s Bill 96, An Act respecting French, and provide their insights on some of the legislation’s more controversial elements. Register here

English-speaking Quebecers concerned government will limit health services

Questions are being raised about whether Quebec will reduce health services in English. The government has insisted on several occasions this is not its intention, but last month, it dissolved a committee that had spent years working to improve access to English services. “It was a surprise that the minister was changing the rules of what […]

Health ministry seeks new English access committee members after firing the last ones

The Provincial Government has issued a call for expressions of interest and applications to be on the Provincial committee on the dispensing of health and social services in the English language after having dismissed the entirety of the previous committee through a regulation change in the latter half of 2021. The Quebec Community Groups Network […]

Quietly Adopted Regulation Could Hurt Quality of Health Care for English-speaking Quebecers

Despite strong objections from the English-speaking community that included a 4,500-name petition tabled in the National Assembly, the Quebec government has eviscerated the Provincial Committee for the Provision of Health Services and Social Services in the English Language. The government is now recruiting replacement members. “Two days before the petition was tabled in the National […]

COVID-19: Some Quebec high school students falling through rapid testing cracks

Parents and students in Quebec are preparing to head back to school in one week amid a wave of Omicron cases. Adding to that stress, some parents of 12- and 13 year-old students say that, when it comes to the distribution of rapid test kits, they’ve fallen through the cracks. “I feel like what’s happened […]

Le monde des affaires sur ses gardes

Many continue to speak out against Quebec’s Bill 96, including businesspeople, community organizations, and politicians. English-speaking Quebecers fear that the bill would further marginalize their community, and that other minority groups, such as immigrants and Indigenous peoples, will also be penalized by various measures in the bill, says Sylvia Martin-Laforge, the QCGN’s director general. Read […]

Tutoring services getting ready to support students for another round of online learning

Requests for tutoring services since the beginning of the pandemic have spiked, and the people at Phelps Helps in the Eastern Townships are getting ready to support students in this latest period of distance learning. Katie Lowry, programs director at Phelps Helps, discusses the uptick in an interview with CBC Breakaway’s Kim Garritty.  Read more

Alexander Reford nommé Membre de l’Ordre du Canada

Alexander Reford, manager of the internationally renowned Reford Gardens (Jardins de Métis)  and president of Heritage Lower St-Lawrence has been named a Member of the Order of Canada.  Read more

Quebec accused of launching ‘culture war’ on English with strict French language law

The Daily Telegraph reports: “[Quebec’s] ruling nationalist party, Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) says tough measures are ‘urgently required’ for the survival of the French language… but critics say it will penalise bilingualism.” “It’s nothing against English Quebecers,” says Premier François Legault: “It’s about protecting French.” Read more