The Quebec Community Groups Network traces its roots back to 1994 when the 15 Quebec-based regional and sectoral organizations that were funded under the federal Official Language Communities Program were brought together by Canadian Heritage to better manage program and funding priorities. A year later, that ad-hoc group founded the Quebec Community Groups Network.
By the turn of the second millennium, the QCGN had grown to 19 members that banded together to accomplish collectively what individual member organizations could not do on their own. The Network received its first operational budget from the federal government allowing it to establish an office in the provincial capital in 2000.
In 2005, following consultations throughout the province, the QCGN launched a Community Development Plan with strategies to revitalize English-minority language communities around seven sectors including Arts and Culture, Education and Training, Employment, Health and Social Services, Media, Youth, and Visibility and Leadership.
In 2006, the QCGN was recognized by the Government of Canada and the Department of Canadian Heritage as the official representative and interlocutor of Quebec’s English-speaking community – one of Canada’s two national linguistic minority communities. At that time, the QCGN broadened its membership and adopted a new governance structure with a representative board. In 2007, our headquarters moved to Montreal.
In 2009, the QCGN launched celebrations for its 15th anniversary concurrently with the 40th anniversary of the Official Languages Act. The Network inaugurated the Sheila and Victor Goldbloom Distinguished Community Service Award to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to strengthening the English-speaking community and to building bridges of understanding between Quebecers of different backgrounds.
In 2011-2012, the QCGN oversaw the creation of a new Community Development Plan following province-wide consultations that culminated with the Community Priority Setting Conference in March 2012. At the conference more than 150 representatives of community sector organizations from across all regions and all sectors of English-speaking Quebec adopted a Declaration of Community Priorities validating the high-level priorities of the community.
In 2015, the QCGN celebrated its 20th anniversary, inaugurating it’s Young Quebecer Leading the Way Award.
In 2016, the QCGN launched the Community Innovation Fund. Financed by the Government of Canada’s Social Development Partnerships Program – Children and Families Component, and managed by the QCGN, CIF was designed to help Quebec’s English-speaking communities put social innovation in action to address the needs of vulnerable English-speaking Quebecers.
In 2020, the QCGN celebrated it 25th anniversary. The network now counts more than three dozen organizations that play a pivotal role in promoting the vitality of English-speaking Quebec and its communities.