Quebec invests $1.1 billion for community organizations

Quebec is investing $1.1 billion for community organizations

UPDATE DAY

Quebec community organizations will benefit from an investment of $1.1 billion over five years from Quebec City, a measure welcomed, but still deemed insufficient by the principals concerned.

The Minister of Labour, Jean Boulet, unveiled the Government Action Plan for Community Action on Saturday morning, thus promising stable funding that takes into account the various missions of these organizations.

A first sum $888.1 million will be paid by 2026-2027, in particular for the creation of new support programs for organizations.

“The community sector contributes significantly to the cohesion and vitality of Quebec society by intervening in a host of areas and, in particular, with the most vulnerable among us,” said Minister Boulet in a press release. /p>

If the organizations were already receiving funding, it was offered per mission carried out and not on a long-term basis, making their survival more difficult.

With this plan, community action could be strengthened by improving working conditions, training staff and helping to manage human resources.

“By providing new bases for this action, by by promoting predictability in the funding for the mission offered to the thousands of organizations dedicated to it and by increasing it significantly, we recognize the work of the community sector and its contribution to the development of Quebec,” added Mr. Boulet.

But if it is a “step forward”, the work is not yet finished, according to the Quebec Network of Autonomous Community Action (RQ-ACA).

“The problem is that there is not enough money for the overall mission and there are areas that are being left behind. This is why many are disappointed and even angry, because the situation is critical on the ground,” said Caroline Toupin, RQ-ACA coordinator.

The health and environment sectors would be mainly neglected, the former only receiving on average an additional $13,000 per organization, while the latter will not benefit from this ongoing funding, according to the RQ-ACA.

However, Ms. Toupin acknowledged that the plan is “structuring”. “It strengthens funding for the global mission, one of the fundamental principles of autonomous community action, since 90% of investments are devoted to it.”

This investment was announced in the last provincial budget and decided after consultation with community circles since 2019.

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