Forum after consultations between English-speakers and Quebec government

Forum after consultations between English-speakers and Quebec government

MONTREALFeb. 16, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ – The Minister responsible for Relations with English-speaking Quebecers and Minister responsible for Access to Information and the Reform of Democratic Institutions, Kathleen Weil, hosted a forum Friday to conclude weeks of consultations. Present at the forum were over forty community organizations, institutions and stakeholders who have vast experience and expertise in different societal sectors.

Over the past months the Minister has been active on the ground conducting town hall meetings and hosting round table discussions with community organizations, institutions and citizens to hear their concerns about the community and discuss best practices moving forward. In the past two weeks the Minister and her Associate Deputy Minister William Floch conducted over sixteen hours of consultations with over sixty-five community groups and stakeholder to ensure the voices of English-speaking Quebecers from all regions of the province, with different expertise, were heard in the consultations.

Throughout this process certain themes emerged. The community is concerned about: youth retention in the regions and Montreal, access to government employment services and programs, and access to health and social services, better access to French Second Language training and better support for English-speaking Quebecers living in poverty. With the additional input from the Forum the government will work towards an action plan to bring forward concrete measures to address these challenges in the coming months.

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