Community Sets Priorities for 2015-2016
The Priority Setting Steering Committee (PSSC) of the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) has completed its annual survey to identify annual priorities of the Quebec’s English-speaking community. The survey was distributed to the organizations that are engaged in the Strategic Priorities Forum process and sent to more than a dozen new community sector partners.
The annual survey (click on A time for Renewal to read the 2015 – 2016 Priorities of the English-speaking Community of Quebec and Annual Report of the Priority Setting Steering Committee final report) looked at how organizations are linking to the high level priorities established by the English-speaking community during the Community Priority Setting Conference of the Strategic Priorities Forum in March 2012 (click here to read the Declaration of Community Priorities). The survey also sought to identify current program and project priorities of the community sector supporting our communities. To consult the list, click on 2015 – 2016 Community Priorities of the English-speaking Community of Quebec. To ensure collective impact for our communities, we strongly encourage community sector groups to attach to these annual priorities in their funding applications for all levels of government.
The Department of Canadian Heritage, for one, is committed to using these priorities for the next fiscal year to allocate resources and to identify development opportunities as well as interdepartmental and intradepartmental initiatives. We recently met with department officials to review the final distribution of funds within the Cooperation with the Community Sector program and the Cultural Development Fund that were approved by the Minister for the previous fiscal period (read here). As you can see by the list of projects that received funding, our efforts to determine and communicate the priorities of our community have paid off. We also shared the community’s common priorities for action collated through the survey.
We want to thank all of the groups that took the time to help us identify priorities through the annual survey of the Strategic Priorities Forum. As we continue to advocate for policies and programs that will help us achieve a more vital and sustainable community with federal departments, provincial ministries and other potential funders and stakeholders, we will continue to convey the priorities you have identified.
Dan Lamoureux, QCGN President
NB - The 2015-2016 call for program and project funding from Canadian Heritage is linked here. Applications for funding must be able to demonstrate how they meet one or more of the community priorities.