Enhancing Regional Community Capacity Initiative (ERCC)

Enhancing Regional Community Capacity Initiative (ERCC)

The objectives of the CHSSN-ERCC initiative are to extend the coverage of the English community organizations throughout Quebec to ensure maximum service to English-speaking communities; to strengthen the capacity of local and regional community organizations to act in the community; and to better respond to the needs and priorities of English-speaking communities with government and regional stakeholders. To achieve this, four main activities comprise the ERCC project:

  1. Creating new satellite points of contact (offices in many cases) Therefore, extending the territorial coverage of services to the province’s English-speaking communities within the existing regional organizations.
  2. Expanding into new sectors of activity other than health. Diversifying the mandate of organizations currently working in a single activity sector (health), to turn them into multipurpose organizations (employment, culture, economic development, youth development etc.)
  3. Translation of key documents; Enhancing the ability of local/regional organizations to raise awareness about their issues on the national stage required to support project development. Travel for increased representation with government stakeholders. Increase the organizations’ ability to represent their communities within regional and provincial (perhaps even national) organizations.
  4. Transfer knowledge to reinforce organizational performance and train leaders on best practices in governance, leadership, and financial management.

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“The model below was developed for the ERCC initiative and illustrates the stages and process of community capacity building and engagement with government stakeholders.”


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Region Organization Name Project Description
01: Bas-Saint-Laurent Heritage Lower Saint-Lawrence (HLSL) Increasing geographic reach by supporting the operations of a satellite location in Rimouski where close to 40% of the region’s English‐speakers reside.
02: Saguenay Lac Saint-Jean English-speaking Community of Saguenay Lac Saint-Jean (ECO-02) Project Start up in 2020.
03: La Capitale Nationale Jeffery Hale Community Partners (JHCP) Expanding mandate to support special needs of English-speaking individuals over 21 years of age, leading to improved support networks, social participation and life skills.
03: La Capitale Nationale Voice of English-speaking Quebec Increasing outreach capacity to better serve English-speakers in the northern parts of the Capitale-Nationale (such as Shannon, Valcartier, etc.), including collaboration with local partners and increased representation.
04: Mauricie-Centre-du-Québec Centre for Access to Services in English (CASE) Expanding regional mandate outside of the health sector to better service English-speaking community members particularly in the greater areas of Drummondville and Three Rivers.
05: Estrie Townshippers’ Association (TA) Extending coverage within the whole region to better support partners to improve their active service offer, advocate to government and better serve an English-speaking clientele.
06: Montréal de l’Est-de-l’Île Le Réseau de l’Est de l’Ile pour les services en anglais (REISA) Expanding mandate to better serve English-speaking youth facing conditions of risk, including the strengthening of partnerships particularly within the education sector.
06: Montréal du Nord-de-l’Île-de-Montréal Le Réseau de l’Est de l’Ile pour les services en anglais (REISA) Opening of a satellite office in Montreal North to expand REISA’s coverage and reach, including the building of relationships with local and government stakeholders.
06: Montréal Centre-Sud de-l’Île-de-Montréal African Canadian Development and Prevention Network (ACDPN) Opening of a satellite office to extend reach and scope of ACDPN’s activities into Montréal West’s black English-speaking community and building relationships and partnerships in that area including representation.
06: Montréal Centre-Sud de-l’Île-de-Montréal African Canadian Development and Prevention Network (ACDPN) Expanding mandate and capacity to better collaborate with educational partners to improve integration and support for black English-speaking children, youth and families.
06: Centre-Sud-de-l’île-de-Montréal Collective Community Services (CCS) Enhancing representation, knowledge development and partnerships within Verdun and LaSalle to better support low-income, immigrant and unilingual English-speakers.
07: Outaouais Regional Association of West Quebecers (RAWQ) Opening of a satellite office in Shawville and expanding mandate and partnerships in the arts and culture sector, including consultations with community members.
07: Outaouais Connexions Resource Centre Expanding capacity and mandate to better support and advocate for the needs of isolated English-speaking seniors particularly in lower-income areas.
08: Abitibi-Témiscamingue Neighbours Regional Association of Rouyn-Noranda Expanding efforts to engage community of the MRC of Vallee d’Or – centered in the Val d’Or area, which has 32% of the region’s English-speaking population and identify needs and priorities of the English speaking community.
09: Côte-Nord North Shore Community Association (NSCA) Expanding mandate in economic and social development initiatives, and supporting operations of satellite office to cover the MRC of Sept-Rivières (1,155 English-speakers).
09: Côte-Nord Coasters Association Opening a satellite office in Kegaska, increasing participation of government partners in social and economic development for the region and strengthen local, regional and governmental partnerships.
11: Gaspésie CASA Committee for Anglophone Social Action Opening of a satellite office in Escuminac and extending support and coverage to vulnerable English-speakers residing in the western part of the Baie des chaleurs.
11: Îles de la Madeleine Council for Anglophone Magdalen Islanders(CAMI) Expanding mandate and addressing systemic issues particularly related to high rates of high school drop-out, lack of community engagement and youth retention.
11: Gaspésie Vision Gaspé-Percé Now Opening of a satellite office in Barachois (Villages of Malbaie project) and translation of key documents to sensitize government on needs of English-speakers.
12: Chaudières Appalaches Megantic English-speaking Community Development Corporation (MCDC) Developing a satellite office in the greater Lévis area in order to reach out to stakeholders, youth and families within this territory of 2,000 English-speakers.
13: Laval The Youth and Parents AGAPE Association Inc. Increasing capacity to promote existing services offered in English in Laval while encouraging other organizations, and different levels of government to adapt their services in English.
14: Lanaudière English Community Organization of Lanaudière ECOL Building new partnerships and outreaching to community members to most of the English-speakers in the south of the region, residing in Repentigny (RCM L’Assomption), Mascouche and Terrebonne (RCM Les Moulins) the newest Satellite office in south Lanaudière.
15: Laurentides 4Korners Family Resource Centre Supporting operations of satellite locations in the MRC Pays-d’en –Haut, including expansion of mandate in the social and economic development sectors.
16: Montérégie-Centre South Shore Assistance & Referral Centre (ARC) Engaging in a new sector of activity by conducting a community needs assessment and stakeholders consultations.
16: Montérégie-Ouest Montérégie West Community Network (MWCN) Opening of a satellite office in the MRC of Vaudreuil Soulanges in order to be more visible and available to serve the English-speaking community of the area.
16: Montérégie-Est Montérégie East Partnership for the English-Speaking Community (MEPEC) Expanding mandate in the education sector including increasing awareness of MEPEC and the needs and priorities of English-speakers with government stakeholders.