Quebec will invest $1.1 billion in community work by 2027

Matthew Beckett, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL – Quebec promises better days for community organizations in the province, which have faced particularly hard times in the recent years of the pandemic due to a lack of resources accompanied by increased demand.

Legault’s government wants to help them pursue their mission and inform the community of their importance, which is why it will invest $1.1 billion over the next five years to implement the Government’s Community Action Plan 2022-2027.

The Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity, Jean Boulet, said in a press conference Saturday that this investment will be used to improve and expand the offer of community organizations, in order to help them accomplish their mission.

In particular, the plan provides for allocating $888.1 million to increase government funding to support the overall mission of community organizations, while $186.8 million will be used to improve working conditions, staff training and human resource management.

“Community action is a really necessary component of Quebec’s social and economic development,” said Minister Pollet, “particularly across the wide range of areas involved: from homelessness to persistence in school, through domestic violence, drug addiction, integration and much more.” more.

It is a coherent and universal plan that includes concrete actions. I was pleased to announce that; The minister added that we are talking about $1.1 billion over five years.

The government pledges to improve the ability of community-based organizations to operate by providing financial support consistent with its mission. So each organization will have to submit its mission to Quebec, which will then be able to provide the necessary subsidies to achieve its goals.

In an interview with The Canadian Press, Mr. Boulet emphasized that the process would remain simple: “All funding requests for community organizations that my department supports will be streamlined. We will work in collaboration with them to ensure that all aspects of the bureaucracy are reduced as much as possible.

In addition to supporting existing organizations, Quebec is offering an envelope of $9.4 million over five years to help new players establish themselves in their community.

The eternal challenge to recruit and retain

Since CBOs are not immune to labor shortages, Minister Boulet promised to set up incentives to work or volunteer with an organization.

This will notably take the form of expanding access to a retirement plan and group insurance, especially for new employees, but Mr. Boulet also emphasized the importance of proper training for people who want to work in the community.

The Minister stressed that in order to get a good start in the community work profession, it is necessary first to benefit from the appropriate training for this type of intervention. So the plan provides $4.4 million to improve the available training and make it more relevant to current realities.

It is also stated in the plan that steps must be taken to ensure that the training is better adapted to the realities of Indigenous, Aboriginal and PWD organizations.

“You have to keep young talents who want to work in the community sector, according to Mr. Boulet. So training, benefits, pension plans, group insurance, they should have access to it.”

Still work to do

The Quebec Network for Independent Community Action has welcomed Minister Boulet’s presentation of the plan, but believes that the investment for the overarching mission of independent community action organizations is very low compared to other sectors.

Mission coordinator Carolyn Toban noted that “the problem is that there are not enough funds for the global mission and that there are sectors left behind.” This is the reason for the disappointment and even anger of many, because the situation is critical on the ground, while the needs of the population are growing.

The Minister responded that the plan, although it is planned for a period of five years, is not stable and can be adapted according to the reactions of the field.

In particular, the government will establish a national schedule of community action partners to coordinate actions between the various organizations.

«Ça va leur permettre de brasser des idées, de se donner une vision de l’avenir de l’action communautaire au Québec et de voir comment on peut mieux contribuer à la vitalité de la société et de l’économie québécoise et de l’économie québécoise», a exp. Minister.

According to Mr. Boulet, the entire community of Quebec will benefit from these investments for community organizations.

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