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Funding of independent community action organizations

Petition text

WHEREAS cutbacks in public services and social programs leave the population vulnerable, have repercussions on the respect for social rights and heighten inequalities;

WHEREAS organisations engaged in independent community action face an increase in demands for support as a result of these cutbacks;

WHEREAS the missions of these organisations consist of aiding members of the population to defend their own rights and improve their living conditions;

WHEREAS the positive contributions of these organisations to Québec’s society, especially pertaining to civic participation, and their role as agents of social progress for the past 50 years;

WHEREAS these organisations are non-profit, created and governed by members of the community, and their boards of directors are independent from the public sector, constituting as such the basis of their autonomy;

WHEREAS an insufficient or lack of financial indexation for the past 15 years has been impoverishing organisations who cannot absorb increases in operational costs;

WHEREAS underfunding results in suspension of activities and temporary or definitive closing of organisations;

We, the undersigned, ask the Québec Government to commit to the community sector and to social justice through:

  • an increase of 475 million dollars, per year, of mission-based funding for the 4000 organisations engaged in independent community action, including those who are awaiting funding;
  • an annual indexation of grants;
  • the respect of their autonomy;
  • a reinvestment in public services and social programs.

The signing period for this petition is over.

Signing deadline : February 4, 2018

Number of signatures : 6157

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