Driving our action
for lasting impact

For over 20 years, Centraide has focused on community development to guide its response to local needs. Community development is a holistic, integrated approach in which social, economic, cultural, and environmental dimensions are addressed in an interconnected way without emphasizing one area over the others.

Community development requires concerted collective action and inspires innovation in practices. It fosters the empowerment of local people and stakeholders by encouraging them to actively identify needs, find solutions, and implement actions to solve problems. It aims to strengthen the social fabric and promote social inclusion.

Community development involves the cooperation of citizens, community agencies, institutions (municipal, health, education), companies, and other stakeholders involved in these issues. These partnerships mobilize resources and expertise to meet community needs and implement initiatives related to housing, food, neighbourhood revitalization, academic success and more.

The foundations of community development at Centraide: