Be Part of the Official Language Conversation

cross-canada language consultationsPan-Canadian consultations for the renewal of the federal Official Languages strategy were recently launched by Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly, who invites all Canadians to share their opinions or comments on the role of English and French in Canadian society. The Government of Canada is committed to developing a new official languages plan to support English linguistic minority communities. The QCGN is taking a leadership role for Quebec’s English-speaking community’s participation in this key opportunity, providing members, community and supporting stakeholders with their strategic development priorities and expectations regarding the federal government’s new official languages plan. We strongly encourage you to complete the online questionnaire. Read the Minister’s news release here. More details on the consultation and the link to the online questionnaire here.

Free Career Services, wherever you are in Quebec. Get online career counselling with YES Montreal!

Looking for a job in Quebec City?  Your job searching techniques can mean the difference between frustration and success. Whether you’re looking for part-time work or a full-time career, YES offers free personalized career development and job search services for individuals up to 35 years old to help you jump-start your career.

Career Counselling is offered online to Quebecers and workshops are accessible free of charge. Call 1-888-614-9788 ext. 320 to make your appointment now or register online at


I Volunteer / Je m’implique

This new project aims to promote bilingualism and foster the establishment of stronger links between the two linguistic communities in the Quebec City region. This will be achieved by creating a database of volunteering opportunities in the English and French sectors which aims to find French-speaking volunteering opportunities for English speakers with very limited French and English-speaking volunteering opportunities for French speakers with limited English. Ultimately, our goal is for participants to feel more confident in their capacity to live, volunteer and work in both languages. Generously funded through the Promotion of Linguistic Duality, Enhancement of Official Languages Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

For more information, contact Daniel Potter at (418) 683-2366 ext 222




VEQ’s Annual General meeting

Over 60 people attended Voice of English-speaking Québec’s 35th Annual General Meeting held on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at Centre des Loisirs St-Sacrement. Members had the chance to hear about VEQ’s successes of the past year and learn about the many exciting new initiatives for 2016-2017.

This year, VEQ was fortunate to have a number of community members wishing to join the Board of Directors. VEQ welcomed 4 new board members, and 2 board members were re-elected for a second term.

VEQ wishes to thank Bill Donnelly, Master of Ceremonies and Meeting Chair, and Richard Walling, Electoral Officer, for their contribution to the evening.

After the meeting, VEQ staff and community members had the opportunity to mingle while enjoying refreshments and hors d’oeuvre. Many thanks to Ted and Louise Gunn for providing wine that was enjoyed by members.

VEQ is pleased to welcome its 2016-2017 Board of Directors:

Warren Thomson, President
Brian A. Garneau, Vice-President
Philip Almaguer, Treasurer
Véronique Hunter, Corporate Secretary
Laine LePage, Member-at-large

Members: Rebecca Boucher, Jeanne Grégoire, John Karkosak, Ann Martell, Ed Sweeney, Fabrice Vanegas, Marie White and Hoffman Wolff



Thank you to everyone for your continued support. We look forward to an exciting year ahead!


Youth Voices: Community Talks Employment

Voice of English-speaking Québec is hosting a traveling video booth for YES Montreal. This booth is aimed at hearing stories of employment, underemployment and unemployment of English-speaking youth in various Québec regions. This event is for individuals aged 20-35. If you are interested in partaking in this event please contact or call 418-683-2366 ext 225.

Jean-Sébastien J. Gignac to step down as Executive Director of Voice of English-speaking Québec

Québec, 22 July 2015 – The Board of Directors of Voice of English-speaking Québec today announced the resignation of Executive Director, Jean-Sébastien Gignac. Jean-Sébastien has been with the organization since 2005, first as a Project Coordinator and as Executive Director since 2008. He has worked skillfully and tirelessly during his tenure at VEQ, creating countless new projects and partnerships, and increasing funding by more than double.