Study underway to look at effects of COVID-19 on community organizations

Record Staff

The Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity and Minister responsible for the Mauricie region, Mr. Jean Boulet, announced Monday that financial assistance of $175,000 has been awarded to the Réseau québécois de l’action communautaire autonome (RQ-ACA) to study the short-, medium- and long-term effects, both positive and negative, of the COVID-19 crisis on community organizations.
The Table nationale des Corporations de développement communautaire (TNCDC) will partner in the project.
The aim is to define the challenges created by the pandemic so that organizations can adapt their actions to pursue their mission with the populations they serve. By providing them with a better understanding of the economic and social consequences of the health crisis, the study will enable them to participate fully in rebuilding their social safety net.
“Although the COVID-19 crisis is having a major impact on society as a whole, it is particularly disruptive to the lives of the most vulnerable people. Community organizations are important actors for social progress,” Boulet said in a press release. “By enabling them to continue to stimulate citizen participation and community life, we are helping to build a more just society.”
According to Caroline Toupin, Coordinator of the RQ-ATA, there is very little data and research produced by and for independent community action. “In a context where Minister Jean Boulet has undertaken a major project to better support community organizations, it is essential to clearly describe the impact of the crisis on these organizations so that future government measures can take their new reality into account,” Toupin commented.

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