Ministère du Travail, de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale.

Fonds québécois d'initiatives sociales

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Launched in June 2010, the Government Action Plan for Solidarity and Social Inclusion 2010-2015: Québec’s Combat Against Poverty (Document PDF., 2.72 MB) sets out four main objectives, the first of which is to review our processes and procedures and bring decision-making closer to the local and regional levels. The measures announced to implement this objective include an increased budget for the Fonds québécois d’initiatives sociales (FQIS) and creation of the Groupe des partenaires pour la solidarité (GPS).

The FQIS was established under the Act to combat poverty and social exclusion Link to external site. to support various initiatives to combat poverty and social exclusion. The Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity was designated as the minister responsible for the Act’s administration.

The mission of the GPS is to advise the Minister on how best to allocate the available budget among the national and regional levels and designated Aboriginal organizations, and to make recommendations concerning the funding of national measures to fight poverty. Accordingly, the GPS recommended that the budget be allocated as follows: 90% to the regional component, 7% to the national component and 3% to the “First Nations” component.

Support for regional and Aboriginal projects

The vast majority (93%) of funding goes to the regional councils of elected representatives (CREs), to the city of Montréal and to the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission. Since the Cree Nation and Inuit occupy territories governed by regional governments, the Cree Nation Government and the Kativik Regional Government are recognized as CREs, and initiatives originating in these communities are funded out of the regional budget.

Regarding the regional component, the Solidarity Alliances signed by the Minister and the CREs along with the city of Montréal will assist with the coordination, planning and execution of developmental measures to fight poverty and social exclusion. In accordance with FQIS orientations and standards (Fichier PDF., 33 KB), the CREs are responsible for managing the funds granted.

Support for projects with a national scope

In keeping with FQIS orientations and standards, the budget devoted to the national component (7%) must allow for the implementation of initiatives, projects or measures with a national scope, the development and testing of new approaches to fight poverty and social exclusion, and the funding of research supporting the objectives of the National Strategy to Combat Poverty and Social Exclusion.

To be retained, projects with a national scope must be innovative, concerted and/or exportable.

  • Innovative projects are initiatives and efforts involving the development and testing of new approaches with the same objectives as the National Strategy to Combat Poverty and Social Exclusion. They must add value to existing efforts, propose a new way of doing things or be based on proven experience in Québec or elsewhere.
  • Concerted projects:
    • are projects championed by more than one player;
    • flow from an intersectoral approach; or
    • are based on concerted efforts by various players.
  • Exportable projects are designed for testing in more than one CRE territory. The project activities must be recorded during deployment so that they can be reproduced during a subsequent phase.

Projects are not being accepted for 2015-2016 under the Fonds québécois d’initiatives sociales.

Financial statements

FQIS financial statements are presented for information purposes.

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