NEW PROTEST AGAINST UNDERFUNDING OF QUEBEC’S COMMUNITY GROUPS
November 26, 2015
This last November 2nd and 3rd, close to 1,300 community groups closed their doors in protest against their precarious funding. The strike movement, which affected the whole of Quebec, was accompanied by demonstrations that drew attention to a funding shortfall, estimated at 250 million dollars, that has led many organisations to fear that they may be forced to close for good.
By reducing services, the government’s austerity policy deeply hurts the rights of poor, marginalised people and the community organisations that work with and for them. As people’s needs increase, they rely more and more to the organisations, whose funding, on the other hand, does not increase.
The under-funding of community groups is nothing new, but current government policies have been weakening the organisations, preventing them from fully carrying out their mission.
In this difficult situation, Fqsida takes the opportunity to thank you once again for your support and loyalty!
On 2 and 3 November, Fqsida, in solidarity with its member organisations and the community movement as a whole, made an exceptional gesture by closing its doors and interrupting its activities.