Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages

Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages

June 13, 2008 13:00 ET

Health Services and Youth: Two Priority Sectors for Quebec Anglophone Communities, According to Studies by the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - June 13, 2008) - Health services and community support for youth are key sectors of development for Quebec Anglophone communities, according to studies released today by the Commissioner of Official Languages, Graham Fraser.

The studies, entitled Vitality Indicators for Official Language Minority Communities 2: Three Quebec Anglophone Communities draws a portrait of priority sectors for the vitality of the Anglophone communities in Quebec City, the Eastern Townships and the Lower North Shore. The studies provide an overview of the current knowledge of community vitality and the ideas and concerns of community representatives. "Communities' understanding of themselves, their environment and their ability to measure progress are key to being able to taking charge of their own destiny. To achieve genuine vitality, communities must be able to clearly identify priority objectives and measure progress using indicators," said Commissioner Fraser.

According to the Commissioner, "communities will be able to use these studies to implement new initiatives that will have a positive impact on their vitality." Mr. Fraser went on to say that "Quebec's English-speaking communities have always contributed to the well-being of all Quebecers. Our study findings show that they still have a lot to contribute."

Mr. Fraser added, "In light of the federal government's intention to renew the Action Plan for Official Languages, the time is right to establish partnerships between Anglophone communities and federal institutions. These partnerships could help address the communities' needs and concerns in priority sectors."

These studies are very timely because the Official Languages Act was strengthened in 2005. Mr. Fraser added, "These studies will help federal departments and agencies better understand their role and how they can work with their partners more effectively."

This news release and the studies are posted on our Web site at www.officiallanguages.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages
    Robin Cantin - Manager, Media Relations
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    robin.cantin@ocol-clo.gc.ca