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QCGN pleased with renewed support for English-speaking Quebecers

The Quebec Community Groups Network is pleased that in today’s provincial budget, the Coalition Avenir Québec government has invested more money in our community.

The QCGN hopes increased funding will help the Secretariat to fulfil its role better to serve as a conduit for our community to have full access to government ministries and agencies in order to counter unintended negative effects of government legislation, regulations and policies on Quebec’s English-speaking community

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Editorial: Anglo funding takes nothing away from French

Last year, the Senate’s Standing Committee on Official Languages produced an enlightened report on the state and needs of Quebec’s anglophone communities.

Titled The Vitality of Quebec’s English-Speaking Communities: From Myth to Reality, it suggested that the anglo minority in Quebec is “caught in a dynamic where it must constantly stand up for its rights, and yet is not necessarily able to promote them.” The committee noted that the anglophone minority has specific needs, and recommended that federal institutions take positive measures to enhance its vitality and support its development.

This month the federal Heritage Department followed up on that recommendation with the announcement of $4.4 million in funding for 22 projects aimed at supporting official-languages development. Of these, 17 went to anglo community groups. Most of them, though not all, centred in the Montreal area.

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Financement des langues officielles – À la défense des communautés anglophones du Québec

Le Devoir

N’en déplaise au Bloc québécois, au Nouveau Parti démocratique et au Parti québécois, le commissaire aux langues officielles estime primordial que des projets menés par la communauté anglophone du Québec reçoivent un financement fédéral.

Dans une lettre transmise au Devoir et écrite en réponse à un article publié mercredi, Graham Fraser se dit « déçu de voir la réaction de plusieurs politiciens » devant la décision du gouvernement fédéral d’octroyer un financement de 4,4 millions pour la réalisation de 22 projets, dont les trois quarts pour la communauté anglophone. Ceux-ci sont financés selon les critères des programmes Développement des communautés de langues officielles et Mise en valeur des langues officielles.

 

Harper Government Invests in Official Languages in the Greater Montréal Area

 

MONTRÉAL, July 9, 2012 – New investments in the official languages sector will help stimulate the economy and create jobs in the Greater Montréal Area. Funding for 22 projects was announced today by Jacques Gourde, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Works and Government Services, for Official Languages and for the Economic Development Agency for the Regions of Quebec, on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.  

The funding will assist a wide range of organizations and projects that share the common goal of supporting Canada’s official languages. Among the organizations and projects receiving funding are the Quebec Community Groups Network, the Youth Employment Services Foundation, and the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec.

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Anglos warm to new cultural funding

The Gaspé Spec

MONTREAL – Organizations serving English-speaking Quebec say that a new national funding program for arts, culture and heritage has the potential to nurture a cultural renaissance among official language minority communities across the country. “Recognizing the value of arts, culture and heritage opens the door to exciting new ways of strenghthening Canada’s minority language communities,” said Guy Rodgers, president of the English Language Arts Network (ELAN) following lastweek’s announcement that Ottawa will spend $3.5 million a year to help and support and strenghthen the rich cultural, artistic, and heritage expression of francophone and anglophone minorities. Read more…