Government of Canada

Government of Canada

June 09, 2006 12:23 ET

$13.5 Million Cooperation Agreement Signed with Quebec Community Groups Network

GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - June 9, 2006) - Minister of International Cooperation and Minister for La Francophonie and Official Languages Josee Verner today announced the signing of a cooperation agreement with the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN). Under this agreement, the English-speaking communities of Quebec, represented by the QCGN, will receive an increase in funding of 11 percent, for a total of 13.5 million dollars for 2005-2009.

"The Government of Canada recognizes that linguistic duality is one of the most unique characteristics of Canada's history and heritage," said Minister Verner. "I am delighted that this new framework of cooperation between the Quebec Community Groups Network and the Department of Canadian Heritage provides the foundation for enhanced efforts within the English-speaking communities of Quebec to ensure their long-term vitality.

The agreement defines the values, principles, and rationale for cooperation between the Department of Canadian Heritage and the QCGN. This agreement describes the implementation mechanisms and the responsibilities of each party, as well as the results anticipated by both the organization and the Department in supporting the development of Quebec's English-speaking communities and meeting their particular needs.

The QCGN is an incorporated, non-profit organization representing 24 English community organizations in Quebec. It supports the ongoing development and enhanced vitality of English minority-language communities. The QCGN promotes a coordinated approach in carrying out its community-development initiatives.

Funding is provided by the Department of Canadian Heritage under the Development of Official-Language Communities Program, which seeks to foster the vitality of English and French minority-language communities and to help them participate fully in all aspects of Canadian life.

This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of International Cooperation
    and Minister for La Francophonie
    and Official Languages
    Pascale St-Pierre
    (819) 953-6238
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Quebec Region
    Marie-Claude Cadorette
    Communications Manager
    (514) 283-4027
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations
    (819) 997-9314