Helping Showcase Quebec’s English-Speaking Communities
Official-language minority communities are a cornerstone of our identity. The Government of Canada values their contribution, is committed to ensuring their vitality, and works to promote our two official languages in both rural and urban areas.
The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and Member of Parliament (Compton–Stanstead), today announced more than $248,500 in funding for the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN). She made the announcement at QAHN’s Eastern Townships Heritage Fair on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie.
This funding, provided through the Official Languages Funding Programs, will help showcase the unique aspects of Quebec’s English-speaking communities and give QAHN a chance to help Anglophone heritage organizations acquire and use modern communication technology.
“The Government of Canada is committed to the prosperity of official-language minority communities, and is taking clear and concrete action through funding programs and the Action Plan for Official Languages. Over the next five years, our funding will help these communities grow and reduce out-migration.” — The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie
“The Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network has worked nearly 20 years to preserve and showcase the heritage of Quebec’s English-speaking communities and has received Government of Canada funding for this purpose since 2002. The Official Languages Funding Programs give many regional organizations the support they need to meet the unique needs of their communities.” —The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and Member of Parliament (Compton–Stanstead)
“The QAHN has a long track record of managing innovative projects that provide real value to the heritage and cultural sectors of English-speaking Quebec. It will be great to highlight the contributions that our various communities have made—and continue to make—not only to our history, but also to the modern, ever-evolving society that we call Quebec.” — Matthew Farfan, Executive Director of the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network
- The QAHN was created in 2000 to promote awareness of the history and culture of Quebec’s English-speaking communities.
- The project Diversity and Achievement in Anglophone Quebec will explore the history of English-speaking communities in Quebec and their unique social and cultural aspects. The study will share its findings with the public through travelling exhibits and guided heritage tours.
- The project Heritage, Culture and Communication: Balancing Traditional and Digital Media in a Changing World will hold a series of conferences in different regions to help Anglophone non-profit organizations improve their communication, marketing, and technology infrastructure and strategies.
- An historic investment of nearly $2.7 billion over five years will provide organizations from official-language minority communities—including English-speaking communities in Quebec—with federal funding for various projects under the Action Plan for Official Languages 2018–2023: Investing in Our Future.
- The Eastern Townships Heritage Fair is a public event where heritage organizations and museums in the Eastern Townships can showcase their cultural activities and exhibits. The second annual fair, jointly organized with the Richmond County Historical Society, explores the theme of waterway preservation.