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Quebec anglophone communities to receive up to $3M in federal funding

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WATCH ABOVE: The federal Liberals are offering up new money to help support Quebec's English-speaking community. As Global's Sarah Volstad reports, $3 million has been earmarked as part of a Canada-wide move to support minority language communities in each province – Apr 28, 2016

MONTREAL – The Quebec Community Groups Networks (QCGN), an anglophone umbrella organization, announced Thursday they could be receiving up to $3 million to finance their activities.

The federal Liberals are contributing $1.4 million as part of their commitment to language minority communities across Canada.

The balance will come from private sector contributions.

“This funding will help QCGN create partnerships and fund programs to support English-speaking minority communities in Quebec,” said Liberal MP Marc Miller.

This social funding initiative will target the specific needs of roughly one million Quebecers with a special focus on youth, seniors and newcomers.

Community groups in Montreal are welcoming these extra funds with open arms.

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One of them is Youth Employment Services (YES), who pointed out young anglophones in Quebec face additional obstacles in an already dire economy.

“The anglophone community in Quebec has additional challenges,” said YES Executive Director Iris Unger.

“A lot of them are new arrivals whose first language is English, so they have the issues that new arrivals face with the language on top of it.”

The QCGN will begin working on these projects in the coming months.

If all goes according to plan, the first of these projects will materialize by the end of the year.