OTTAWA, March 28, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Quebec Community Groups
Network (QCGN) is pleased with the Government of Canada's renewed
commitment to support the vitality of Quebec's English-speaking
minority community through the Roadmap for Canada's Official Languages
2013-2018 that was officially launched Thursday morning in Ottawa.
"Canada's two official languages and two minority language communities
are integral parts of this country's history and identity," said QCGN
President Dan Lamoureux. "The investments announced today will
certainly contribute to strengthening linguistic duality and the
vitality of Canada's official language minority communities -- that is
English-speaking Quebecers and our Francophone counterparts in the rest
The QCGN, as well as many of our members and stakeholders, were fully
engaged in the consultation process on the Roadmap and are pleased to
see that many of our concerns and priorities have been addressed, said
"We agree that the three pillars set out in the Roadmap - education,
immigration and communities - are major mainstays that lead to strong,
vital communities that allow them not only to survive, but to thrive,"
However, it would seem that Quebec's English speaking community was once
again left out under immigration programs, said QCGN Director General
Sylvia Martin-Laforge, pointing out that the government's Roadmap
states that "attracting immigrants and integrating them into minority
communities is a key factor to maintaining community vitality".
"While this raises delicate jurisdictional issues in Quebec, the federal
government has not been creative enough to find a solution for our
English-speaking minority communities to ensure demographic stability,"
said Martin-Laforge, recalling this significant gap for our community
was raised in recent reports from both the Senate and House of Commons
Standing Committees on Official Languages. Martin-Laforge said the
QCGN remains hopeful that the federal government and Citizenship and
Immigration can find innovative ways to ensure renewal in our
communities through other programs.
Despite that major disappointment, QCGN was pleased with renewed and new
programs in the areas of Education and Community Support.
"Educating our children in the language of Quebec's majority is the most
important factor in ensuring our youth can find jobs and remain in
Quebec," said President Dan Lamoureux, noting the Roadmap was also
applauded by QCGN members, including Youth Employment Services (YES).
"While the details of support remain to be seen, we are confident the
government will provide us with the support we need to ensure
English-speaking Quebecers and others whose first official language is
not French to find meaningful careers, start successful businesses, and
support themselves through their artistic endeavours," commented YES
president John Aylen.
Other members approved new Roadmap initiatives including the Community
Cultural Action Fund, which will allow artists and performers to reach
out to the English-speaking minority throughout the province and, most
especially, to the majority language community in Quebec; a Literacy
and Essential Skills Initiative that will help adults gain essential
skills needed to gain and maintain employment; as well as the Social
Partnership Initiative which encourages communities to find new revenue
sources to develop community based activities that address social and
economic issues that affect them.
The Quebec Community Groups Network (www.qcgn.ca) is a not-for-profit organization bringing together 41 English-language
community organizations across Quebec. Its mission is to identify,
explore and address strategic issues affecting the development and
vitality of English-speaking Quebec and to encourage dialogue and
collaboration among its member organizations, individuals, community
groups, institutions and leaders.
SOURCE: QUEBEC COMMUNITY GROUPS NETWORK (QCGN)
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Tel.: (514) 868-9044, ext. 223, Cell: (514) 912-6555