A new federal program to help English-speaking youth, seniors, and immigrants to Quebec could result in up to $3 million in spending — but it all depends on finding two-thirds of it from the private sector.
Under the formula announced last month, the Quebec Community Groups Network, an umbrella of 48 English-language community organizations across Quebec, will get up to $1.4 million from a new federal Community Innovation Fund.
It will use $400,000 of that amount to hire a coordinator, outside consultant, create a website and promote the program, which is pegged on private-sector participation. The QCGN will use these resources to help not-for-profit groups identify private sector partners and develop projects that can qualify for funding, QCGN director general Sylvia Martin-Laforge told reporters.
For every $1 contributed by a private sector partner to an approved project the fund will provide $2. If all the projected federal funding of $1 million is spent, private parties will have injected $2 million.
The federal government funds come from the Social Developments Partnership of Official Language Minority Communities, intended to address their social and economic needs.
Examples of projects that might profit from the program, cited by QCGN spokesperson Rita Legault: An industry, such as one in aeronautics, seeking new hires that may lack sufficient language skills might agree to fund industry-specific language course offered by a community group such as Youth Employments Services.
A pharmacy might want to provide funding for regular yoga classes for seniors offered by a community group, Legault said.