Dealing with the crisis
From the start of the lockdown, Greater Montreal’s crisis cells emerged almost organically. These regional and neighbourhood bodies ensure that action in the field comes together quickly so that people who need help can get it as soon as possible.
On the ground thanks to the crisis cells
Discover some initiatives launched by the crisis cells in Laval, Ahuntsic and Verdun.
A strategy to reach Laval parents who don’t speak the language
When the Commission scolaire de Laval was planning for the opening of its primary schools in mid-May, it surveyed parents about whether they intended to send their children back to school.
The Laval crisis cell became concerned that very few parents from schools with the highest deprivation indices responded to the survey. Since these schools also serve more children from diverse backgrounds, they wondered whether language was a barrier.
Schools, family agencies and resources for immigrants and refugees mobilized to try and communicate with these parents more directly.