The Conseil québécois du loisir (Quebec Leisure Council, also referred to as the CQL) contributes, through leisure, to the social, cultural and economic development of Quebec.
This global mission is supported by four founding principles:
- Represent national leisure organizations;
- Regroup and support cooperation between leisure employees;
- Defend the right to leisure and free time;
- Promote leisure accessibility.
Quebec as a benchmark society in leisure matters, and one who recognizes and supports the positive return specifi cally of leisure and free time as essential elements in the quality of life of individuals, families and communities, as well as their cultural, social, economic and environmental contributions.
The 45 national leisure organizations and their network of individual and collective members testify of the social commitment to leisure of thousands of citizens who, backed by devoted workers, voluntarily consecrate their free time to a cause. The driving force behind this vast citizen take-over of leisure organization is ensuring the accessibility of leisure activities for every individual.
National organizations, regional sport and leisure associations, municipalities, institutions, as well as local and regional organizations, and individual persons are members of the Council.
Moreover, the CQL invites representatives from associative, regional, municipal, institutional and governmental circles to participate in the achievement of major events such as the Forum québécois du loisir (Quebec Leisure Forum), and the follow-up of the World Leisure Congress Quebec 2008, as well as the [Journalism Award for Leisure.] They also participate in the Quebec Leisure and Sports Leadership Training Program; the Cooperative Mechanism for Preserving and Developing Trails, Leisure and Outdoor Recreational Areas; as well as in the Quebec Training Resource Network.
The organization became known as the Quebec Leisure Council in 1995, and was established as an entity in its own right in 1998, after having been a sub-organization of the umbrella group, the Association of National Leisure Organizations of Quebec (Regroupement des organismes nationaux de loisir du Québec), better known as the Quebec Leisure Association (Regroupement Loisir Québec). It was subsequent to the adoption of the proposals contained in the report from the 1997 task force concerning Governmental Involvement in the Sectors of Sports and Leisure that the new organization was formed and incorporated, thereby ensuring its recognition and financial support from the Government of Quebec.
The Council initially existed as part of the umbrella Association under the banners Inter-departmental Commission for Consultation (Commission de concertation intersectorielle) (1980), President's Commission (Commission des presidents) (1988), and the National Council of Leisure Associations (Conseil national du loisir associatif) (1991). Its mandate included the areas of representation and consultation for national leisure organizations, as well as supervising leisure development in the context of its association's own mission.
As to the origins of the Quebec Leisure Association, they can be traced to the White Paper on Leisure Activities (1979), which resulted in the Quebec Outdoor Activities Federation (Fédération québécoise du plein air) (1972) and the Quebec Leisure Confederation (Confédération des loisirs du Québec) (1969) -- whose own origins extend back to the Provincial Otejist Confederation (1946) -- uniting to form one new body.
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