In order to meet the educational needs of the population of Quebec and to improve the concrete offer on site, the Minister of Education, Jean-François Roberge, announced on June 21 an additional and recurring financial support of USD 13.2 million to the Community Action Program on Education, bringing the total envelope to over $42.7 million, effective for the year 2022-2023. This significant improvement will enable independent community action organizations (OACA) to pursue their educational mission directly with the population. This investment represents the largest funding increase in the program’s history.
Currently 14 organizations are eligible for the PACTE and are waiting for the first funding. The increase in the PACTE budget envelope for 2022-2023 will enable each of these organizations to receive initial financial support for the achievement of their overall mission.
This financial support is part of the new version of the Community action program in the field of education (PACTE). This update of the normative framework is the result of a long-standing collaboration with partner groups and aims to maintain and improve the action capacity of OACAs to:
- provide the low-skilled or low-literate adult population with the opportunity to acquire, maintain or improve their basic skills;
- act to prevent illiteracy among children;
- fight against school dropout;
- increase the return to training or practice (renewing control of the young adult through his commitment to a voluntary process of personal development and skill acquisition) of people in school or social dropout situations;
- raising people’s qualifications, in particular through continuing education;
- reduce social exclusion, increase civic participation and improve people’s living conditions and autonomy achieved by organisations;
- Provide continuing education primarily aimed at OACAs and the public by providing support in various forms, following an independent popular education approach.
Part of this record investment comes from the Government Action Plan for Community Action (PAGAC) 2022-2027. The plan relies on a total investment of $1.1 billion over five years to strengthen government funding to support the mission of civil society organizations.
“The independent civil society organizations play a vital role for all of Quebec. They offer a range of innovative solutions adapted to the realities of the communities they serve. Their interventions positively change the course of those who use their services. I am proud to support them and am delighted with the amount announced today. These organizations play a vital role in Quebec society and are essential to the completion of a strong social safety net. This financial support will enable them to continue their activities and provide them with additional tools to face the different challenges they face. †
Jean-François Robberge, Minister of Education
“I am delighted that this additional support will directly help organizations on the ground that need it most and that support vulnerable populations. They provide essential services, often using innovative approaches that contribute to improving the conditions and quality of life of people living in poverty and social exclusion. †
John Bouletminister Labour, employment and social solidarity
- The last recurring bonus for the PACTE dates back to 2016-2017.
- Specifically, the new framework will allow for the increase in the amount of the maximum grant that can be awarded to an eligible organization that has already received support for the Global Mission in the past two years to $481,000 for fiscal year 2022. -2023.
- The new framework also increases the maximum grant amount that can be awarded to an eligible organization that has never received mission support or has not received support in the past two years to $150,000 for the year 2022-2023.
- In 2021-2022, 203 organizations received recurring funding to support the achievement of their overall mission. Also, 23 organizations received financial support to carry out a one-off project.
- The services offered by the organizations and groups that receive funding in connection with the PACTE are designed to meet specific needs in the areas of literacy, combating early school leaving, early school leaving, continuing education and supporting national groups of independent community action organizations whose main mission falls within one of the four areas of activity mentioned above. These services provide an alternative to the services offered by the public network.
- In particular, the PACTE aims to publicize, promote and support independent civil society organizations whose main mission is similar to the educational mission of the Ministère de l’Éducation.