One of the Canadian senators who visited a CLC while on a recent tour of Quebec commented that CLCs were doing so much with so little. They are bringing resources and vitality to communities scattered over an immense geographic area in English schools that have been on a demographic decline for 25 years.
At the recent strategic priority-setting forum organized by QCGN, the English-speaking community identified six priorities that were key to ensuring a more vital and sustainable future. CLCs contribute to all six of these priority areas: access to services in English, community building, economic prosperity, identity and renewal, promoting leadership development and youth engagement, and helping ensure that our institutions remain healthy and vibrant.
To better understand the transformation that is beginning to take place, the Senate report noted:
that CLCs are a model that could encourage involvement by the English-speaking communities. All witnesses, without exception, had only praise for the value and potential of the centres. The committee believes that we must encourage innovation and enable the communities to profit from their good work. The government should therefore commit to maintaining and developing the CLCs in the long term.