Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

February 29, 2008 19:30 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Quebec Community Groups Network

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Feb. 29, 2008) - On behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, Pierre Lemieux, Member of Parliament (Glengarry-Prescott-Russell), today announced funding for the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN).

Funding of $558,250 will help the QCGN implement two projects, Building Sustainable Research Capacity in Quebec's English-speaking Communities - Phase 1 and the QCGN Youth Project.

The QCGN, in partnership with the Community Health and Social Services Network and the Quebec Community Newspaper Association, will develop and implement the project Building Sustainable Research Capacity in Quebec's English-speaking Communities - Phase 1. This project consists of two initiatives to build research capacity for the English-speaking communities of Quebec. The first initiative seeks to create "The Hub," a new Internet-based interregional, intersectoral, and multidisciplinary directory for the English-speaking communities in Quebec. The second initiative will develop a community research network in partnership with the university sector.

The QCGN Youth Project is an initiative to identify and develop leadership among young people in the English-speaking communities of Quebec. It will address issues related to youth migration and retention in urban and rural areas of the province. Activities will include youth-oriented regional consultations in nine key regions of Quebec and a provincial forum for young people who are most affected by migration.

"The Government of Canada's mission with regard to official languages is clear: to promote and strengthen linguistic duality, which is at the heart of our identity. Our young people, the builders of tomorrow, will benefit from the advantages that the legacy of this identity provides, enabling them to live and flourish in their own language," said Minister Verner.

"Our Government wants to reiterate its willingness to work together with key partners to support the development of the English-speaking communities of Quebec and advance linguistic duality, which is a genuine economic, social, and cultural asset for all Canadians," said Mr. Lemieux.

"This is an important event for the English-speaking communities of Quebec. It will allow us to increase awareness of issues facing the English-speaking communities of Quebec, to strengthen community vitality, to mobilize our leadership, and to develop courses of action together. We are grateful to the Department of Canadian Heritage for its support and for making this event possible," said Robert Donnelly, President of the QCGN.

The QCGN is a not-for-profit organization that brings together 29 organizations representing English-speaking communities from across Quebec. It promotes consultation between its member organizations and government bodies with respect to policy and program development and implementation, facilitates a coordinated approach to community development based on strategic analysis, and represents community interests with federal institutions at the national level.

The Government of Canada has provided this funding through the Department of Canadian Heritage as part of an additional $30 million over two years, as announced in the 2007 Budget. This investment is to be used to increase the financial resources of the Department's official languages support programs.

This news release can also be found on the Internet at www.patrimoinecanadien.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    or
    Office of the Member of Parliament
    Glengarry-Prescott-Russell
    Francis Levesque
    Legislative Secretary
    613-996-2909
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Marie-Claude Cadorette
    Regional Communications Manager
    Quebec Region
    514-283-4027