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$1.1 million Fund to Address Needs of Vulnerable English-speaking Youth and Seniors

Montreal – November 12, 2019 – Quebec’s English-speaking youth and seniors will benefit from $1.1 million to learn new skills, find jobs, and fight isolation thanks to the renewal of the Community Innovation Fund (CIF).  This second round of financing will help community organizations across the province pilot socially innovative projects supporting youth and seniors between 2020 and 2023.

“The first round of CIF funding, which ran from 2016 to 2019, injected a total of $1 million into 10 innovative projects that truly transformed the lives of many individual English-speaking Quebecers,” said John Buck, Project Advisory Committee Chair and CEO of the Community Economic Development and Employability Corporation (CEDEC). “Targeting the particular priorities of our community’s youth, seniors, and caregivers as well as newcomers, the Fund empowered community groups to tackle pressing social issues more effectively.”

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Project Coordinator, Community Innovation Fund

The QCGN is seeking a bilingual, dynamic, results-oriented individual with proven experience in  project management, a strong background in community development and a demonstrated commitment to community engagement, to manage the Community Innovation Fund Project, a social financing initiative funded by Economic Social Development Canada (ESDC) that will inject up to $1.1 million in leveraged funds on a 2:1 ratio of private-to-government funding over a 4-year period into the English-speaking Community of Quebec (ESCQ). The QCGN, acting as an intermediary between the ESCQ and the ESDC has overarching responsibility for the stewardship of the Community Innovation Fund (CIF). The Project Coordinator will administer the project and ensure that project proposals submitted to the CIF Project for funding meet the needs and priorities of the ESCQ. Candidates must thoroughly understand the vision, mission and mandate of QCGN and the ESDC, as the Project Coordinator’s activities and communications must be aligned with the QCGN’s and ESDC’s position on issues and policies.

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Providing job opportunities for English youth in rural Quebec

Assisting young people by enhancing their education with practical training and getting at-risk youth local work can strengthen their well-being and enrich Quebec’s English-speaking communities.

These goals are at the heart of two projects, supported by the federal government’s $1 million Social Partnership Development Program. They provide educational and work opportunities for youth in the Magdalen Islands and Quebec City.

They have been awarded grants from Community Innovation Fund, managed by the Quebec Community Groups Network. The Magdalen Islands, a five-hour ferry ride from PEI, is home to one of the most isolated English-speaking communities in Quebec. It has 675 residents who in the 2016 Census gave English as their mother tongue, 5.7 per cent of the total population.

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Phelps Helps PowerPoint presentation

Powerpoint presentation given by Phelps Helps, as part of the presentation on the Community Innovation Fund project. The presentation was given on Saturday, June 16 2018 at QCGN’s 23rd Annual General Meeting.

Quebec Anglophone community groups get $1M in federal funding

“The Quebec Community Groups Network, an Anglophone umbrella group, has chosen 10 organizations to receive $1 million in federal funding.”

The Community Innovation Fund is supporting the projects to create opportunities for youth, newcomers and seniors. Many Montreal organizations will receive funding from May 2017 until March 2019 which could go a long way for the communities they help support.

Read the full article on Global Montreal website

Ten projects selected to help vulnerable Quebec anglophones

“Ten projects that will improve the prospects and quality of life of vulnerable English-speaking youth, seniors and newcomers have been selected among 43 project proposals vying for $1 million in federal funding over the next two years”

The Quebec Community Groups Network was chosen to solicit and select projects and to distribute the $1 million from the federal government’s Community Innovation Fund.

Read more in the Montreal Gazette

Social Initiatives to Address Needs of Vulnerable English-speaking Youth, Seniors and Newcomers

Montreal, April 27, 2017 – The Quebec Community Groups Network today announced the selection of 10 projects that will improve employability or secure basic socioeconomic security for vulnerable youth, seniors/caregivers or newcomers in Quebec’s English-language communities.

These projects will be financed under the Community Innovation Fund (CIF), which will invest $1 million in federal funds between May 2017 and March 2019 for social initiatives  that build job skills and develop partnerships across the non-profit and private sectors.

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Government of Canada helps seniors and families through new community projects across country

“Improving the lives of people in our society is why we were elected. I know that our work with the Quebec Community Groups Network will improve the lives of Canadians by developing stronger partnerships among communities.”

Member of Parliament for Ville-Marie–Le Sud-Ouest–Île-des-Soeurs Marc Miller, on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, announced a new partnership with stakeholders through the Social Partnership Initiative in Official Language Minority Communities (OLMC).

Marking the beginning of now called Community Innovation Fund, this new partnership was made as part of the Roadmap for Canada’s Official Languages 2013–2018: Education, Immigration, Communities, and funded through the Social Development Partnerships Program (SDPP). The Fund is managed by the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) which will receive $1.4 million to pool expertise and resources to fund innovative projects in OLMCs that address community priorities.

Read the full press release on the Government of Canada website

English-­speaking Quebecers to Benefit from Investment Fund for Official Language Minority Communities

Montreal – April 28, 2016

The Quebec Community Groups Network as well as its members and stakeholders were thrilled to announce that community sector organizations that provide direct support to more than 1 million English-­speaking Quebecers could soon benefit from up to $3 million to finance innovative projects that address the needs and priorities of English-­speaking youth, seniors, and newcomers.

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