Briefing on the Action Plan for Official Languages – 2018-2023: Investing in Our Future
In 2016, English-speaking Quebec participated in historic levels of consultations that led up to the recently launched Government of Canada Action Plan for Official Languages. We were heard! With more than $400 million in new investments including a dedicated $5.3 million fund to support initiatives of the Quebec’s English-speaking community. Canadian Heritage’s Official Languages Branch, and other federal Action Plan institutional leaders were on hand to explain the new Action Plan and the opportunities it creates for our community.
Our Community’s Take on Modernization of the Official Languages
The Official Languages Act is turning 50 next year! This milestone has generated a national reflection on the Act, and how it might be changed to adapt to current and future challenges faced by Canada’s official languages. The Senate Standing Committee on Official Languages and the Commissioner of Official Languages are leading this reflection, and continue to seek input from the QCGN, its members and community stakeholders. In response the QCGN commissioned Powers Law to produce a study on with recommendations on the English-speaking community of Quebec and the modernization of the Official Languages Act. Marion Sandilands, the study’s lead author, was on hand to deliver the results.
SPEED-DATING WITH FEDRAL/PROVINCIAL INSTITUTIONS & AGENCIES
Back by popular demand. Last year’s speed dating event came back – bigger and better than ever! Sponsored by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, this year’s matchmaking event included federal and provincial partners. This was a unique opportunity for Quebec’s English-speaking community to connect with government institutions and learn about programs and services they could benefit from. Community representatives were broken into teams of which rotated until everyone had a chance to get to know each other. Cards were exchanged, opportunities were identified, follow-up meetings were arranged – it was great!
Participating Institutions and Agencies
English-speaking Quebecers in Evolution
The QCGN teamed up with the Association of Canadian Studies to take the pulse of English-and French-speaking Quebecers in the lead up to this year’s provincial election. The always entertaining and engaging Jack Jedwab presented the survey’s findings to kick off the day!
Presentation by Jack Jedwab and Jean-Phillipe Warren: Bonjour Hi: What French and English Quebecers think about each other and about key issues
Community Development Priorities
Presentation by Nathan Joyal and Matthew Aronson – Quebec Community Groups Network: Access to Justice in English in Quebec
Jayme Marrotte from Phelps Helps and Bonnie Zehavi from DESTA were on hand to speak on how their organizations have benefited since becoming involved in the Community Innovation Fund.
Provincial Election Engagement Strategy
On October 1, 2018, Quebecers will go to the polls to elect the next government. Between now and then, English-speaking Quebec has a lot of work to do to ensure that our specific needs are identified and effectively communicated to the main political parties. The QCGN, with input from a number of its members and stakeholders, has been hard at work over the last couple of months compiling a list of priorities and developing a strategy for our community to actively participate in the upcoming election.
QCGN Vice-President Geoffrey Chambers, who has been leading this effort along with a cohort of energetic volunteers, presented recommendations for endorsement during the Annual General Meeting.
Presentation on English-speaking Quebec and the Provincial 2018 Election
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
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The QCGN is moving towards a more socially responsible policy regarding printing. Therefore limited copies of documents will be available at the annual meeting. Not only will this be an environmentally friendly initiative considerably reducing our carbon footprint, it will also allow us to save on printing costs and re-invest those considerable savings in content.
As we enter this new era, all of our Annual Meeting documentation are available below electronically. During the meeting you can access these documents via your laptops, tablets and other devices. As usual, there will be Wi-Fi access throughout the event.