Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

May 24, 2005 16:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Alliance des Communautes Culturelles pour l'egalite dans la sante et les services sociaux

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - May 24, 2005) - The Honourable Pierre Pettigrew, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Member of Parliament (Papineau), on behalf of the Honourable Raymond Chan, Minister of State (Multiculturalism), today announced $20,000 in funding for the Alliance des communautes culturelles pour l'egalite dans la sante et les services sociaux (ACCESSS). This investment brings total federal government funding for this organization this year to $71,931 to help it reach a greater number of ethnocultural communities.

"ACCESSS does outstanding work within ethnocultural communities," said Minister Pettigrew. "I am pleased to support this organization, which informs members of ethnocultural communities about how our healthcare system works and defends their interests to decision-making bodies."

"Supporting organizations that help members of ethnocultural communities participate in Canadien society is one of our Government's priorities," said Minister of State Chan. "We must ensure that all Canadians have access to quality services that meet their needs."

Funding announced today will enable ACCESSS to carry out a project to better equip organizations that work with cultural communities in Quebec. The Alliance will organize workshops on various topics, including health and work safety, in Montreal and other parts of the province. As part of the project, ACCESSS will also examine its work with various public health and social services agencies. ACCESSS comprises more than 60 member organizations operating in various cities and regions in Quebec.

Financial assistance is provided by the Department of Canadian Heritage through its Multiculturalism Program. Canada equals s Multiculturalism Policy, which falls under the Canadian Multiculturalism Act, promotes full and equitable participation from people of all origins in Canadian society, as well as interaction between diverse individuals and communities. It also encourages public institutions to respect and promote Canada's multicultural character.

Funding for this initiative was provided for in the February 2005 federal Budget.

This news release is available on the Internet at under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of State (Multiculturalism)
    Roy Bornmann
    (819) 997-9900
    Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs
    Sebastien Theberge
    Director of Communications
    (613) 995-1851
    Canadian Heritage-Quebec Region
    Veronick Raymond
    Director, Public Affairs
    (514) 283-7698