WHO WE ARE
We are a not-for-profit association dedicated to serving and supporting the minority English-speaking community in the Outaouais.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
We believe in a healthy English-speaking community in a secure French-speaking Quebec. We respect the language laws of Quebec and promote bilingualism where the law permits. We believe that the English-speaking communities within the Outaouais are alive and viable and have a significant role to play within the social fabric of the Outaouais.
Our organization is comprised of two staff members and a Board of Directors consisting entirely of volunteers. We have close to 400 members and are one of eleven similar organizations in Quebec that support English-speaking communities.
As of 2006, it was reported in the Statistics Canada Census that there were more than 55,235 English speakers (i.e. those who indicated they speak English most often at home) representing more than 16% of the population. The numbers breakdown as follows;
- 30,225 representing 13% of the population of the City of Gatineau;
- 11,545 representing 28% of the population of Les Collines-de-l’Outaouais;
- 3,180 representing 16.4% of the population of the La Vallée-de-la-Gatineau;
- 9,355 representing 65% of the population of the Pontiac;
- 930 representing 4% of the population of Papineau
We play an important role in developing initiatives that support the minority English-speaking community in the Outaouais by means of:
- Providing a wide range for information to the English-speaking community on cultural and community services, community development, community events and health and social services.
- Watching for opportunities to improve the provision of services in English at all levels of government and to bring these matters to the attention of the appropriate authorities.
- Sponsoring workshops focused on young people’s needs and aimed at giving them the skill sets required to enter the workplace and to fully integrate into Quebec society.
- Distributing information regarding access to services to new English-speaking residents and referring people with questions about services to the proper sources of information.
- Partnering with other community groups to support activities of mutual interest.
- Seeking opportunities to build bridges with the Francophone community through information and dialogue.