MONTREAL, April 23, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ - The Quebec Community Groups Network is pleased that the new Secretariat for Relations with English-speaking Quebecers is investing $950,000 in projects to support the vitality of Quebec's English-speaking communities.
Kathleen Weil, the Minister responsible for Access to Information and the Reform of Democratic Institutions and Minister responsible for Relations with English-Speaking Quebecers, announced the funding on Monday. The money will flow through Concordia and the Quebec English-speaking Communities Research Network (QUESCREN), a collaborative network of researchers, stakeholders, educational and other institutions housed at Concordia's School of Community and Public Affairs.
In the last provincial budget, the Secretariat was granted funding of $25 million over six years to consolidate ties with English-speaking Quebecers and stimulate the vitality of our communities. This initial contribution will implement some recommendations brought forward during Minister Weil's recent consultations with representatives of English-speaking communities.
"As always, the QCGN's main goal is to strengthen the institutional, political and service infrastructures supporting English-speaking Quebec to build the capacity of our Network and Community organizations to work effectively on the issues affecting the development and vitality of our Community of Communities," said Sylvia Martin-Laforge, Director General of the QCGN. "After years of relying almost entirely on federal support to accomplish these important goals we are thrilled that the government of Quebec is stepping up to the plate to support its English-speaking minority communities."
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The Quebec Community Groups Network (www.qcgn.ca) is a not-for-profit organization bringing together 56 English-language community organizations across Quebec. As a centre of evidence-based expertise and collective action it identifies, explores and addresses strategic issues affecting the development and vitality of the English-speaking community of Quebec and encourages dialogue and collaboration among its member organizations, individuals, community groups, institutions and leaders.
SOURCE Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN)
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