In official languages, the fact that it is community organizations that provide services is already one very common way of proceeding, regardless of whether funding comes from Canadian Heritage or another department. However, that is not universal. We have previously issued calls for tender that were open to all those interested in providing services. There were cases in which various departments, such as Employment and Social Development Canada, Health Canada, and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, which we just discussed, asked groups with some bilingual capacity to provide services to the minority community.
Some are exceptions, and we should not generalize. In the majority of cases, it is minority organizations that have the mandate to provide services to their community. However, that is not a principle. It is the result of the activities of our programs, and that means something.
We have discussed this issue in interdepartmental committees. We share our experience, which enables us to reflect on the concept of “by and for.” We are sensitive to that issue and we our reflecting on it.
Should more resources be allocated to that? This somehow takes us back to the question that was asked earlier about the roadmap. The amount set forth is an actual amount. Those resources are in fact disbursed every year. That funding could not be increased very much. There is a little here and there. It depends on the departments and programs, but there is not a lot.
We are already using all current resources, which are nevertheless significant, to carry out our activities. Every department will determine, based on circumstances, whether it can move resources around in order to allocate them to emerging priorities rather than continue funding something in the same way it has been funded for several years. This is how we are thinking in the context of the regular management of these programs.