$3 million has been allocated to Centraide of Greater Montreal, which is being supported by the Table de concertation des organismes au service des personnes réfugiées et immigrantes (TCRI). This emergency funding is a first step towards alleviating the current crisis situation at community agencies.
To be eligible for emergency funding, community agencies must be:
- -supported by the Quebec government
- -very active with newcomers in vulnerable situations
- -located in the Greater Montreal area
- -in a crisis situation because the growing needs of people in vulnerable situations are affecting their capacity to offer their clients quality services and support
The fund is intended to address the following immediate needs:
- -assisting asylum seekers with the refugee application process
- -shelter and housing
- -clothing assistance
- -food assistance
- -material assistance
- -family support
To respond to this emergency situation, key community agencies involved in supporting newcomers have been identified and prioritized, in collaboration with the relevant ministries, the TCRI and other stakeholders, to enable them to quickly provide new immigrants in vulnerable situations with emergency assistance.
The first $1,550,000 block will be distributed to the following agencies:
|Accueil aux immigrants de l'Est de Montréal (AIEM)||$75,000.00|
|Bureau de la communauté haïtienne de Montréal (BCHM)||$75,000.00|
|Centre d'appui aux communautés immigrantes à Montréal (CACI)||$75,000.00|
|Carrefour d'aide aux nouveaux arrivants (CANA)||$75,000.00|
|Carrefour Le Moutier||$75,000.00|
|Centre humanitaire d'organisation, de ressources et de référence d'Anjou (CHORRA)||$75,000.00|
|Entre Mamans et Papas||$100,000.00|
|Foyer du Monde||$75,000.00|
|Service d’interprète d’aide et de référence aux immigrants (SIARI)||$75,000.00|
|Community Relay of Laval||$75,000.00|
|Entre-Parents Montréal de Montréal-Nord||$75,000.00|
|Centre social d'aide aux immigrants (CSAI)||$75,000.00|
|MIRS - South Shore International House||$75,000.00|
|COPSI - centre d'orientation paralégale et sociale pour immigrants||$75,000.00|
Centraide is a major actor in the fight against poverty and exclusion in Greater Montreal. It supports a network of 350 community agencies and projects, as well as collective actions in communities in Laval, the Island of Montreal, and part of the South Shore that help people living in poverty and social exclusion.
Centraide's expertise is based on an in-depth understanding of communities and their needs, established through strong connections with neighbourhood roundtables, community agencies, and public health, education, and municipal institutions.
This approach allows Centraide to establish priorities for action and identify the agencies that are best placed to implement them, with the consistent aim of attaining maximum impact with people facing difficulty.
Beyond the calibre and sustainability of their actions and solutions, all agencies supported by Centraide are leaders in their respective milieus. These agencies exercise sound management and effective governance, and are equipped with the means to evaluate and report their results.
A second group of community agencies severely affected by the crisis was identified by Centraide's social development team in collaboration with the Bureau d’intégration des nouveaux arrivants de la Ville de Montréal (BINAM) and TCRI. Funding allocation recommendations were ratified by the government and Centraide's usual governance mechanisms where the followed. The funds will be disbursed by March 23.
A total of $1,425,000 will be distributed to the following agencies:
|La Croisée de Longueuil||$75,000|
|Centre des Femmes Interculturel Claire||$75,000|
|Fondation de la Visite||$100,000|
|Centre communautaire Bon Courage de la place Benoit||$100,000|
|Maison des Familles de Saint-Léonard||$75,000|
|CIL - Carrefour d'interculture de Laval||$75,000|
|Montreal Diet Dispensary||$75,000|
|Centre de services et d'intégration des minorités culturelles||$75,000|
|L'organisme pour l'Intégration, la Citoyenneté et l'Inclusion (L'OICI)||$75,000|
|ALAC - Alliance pour l’accueil et l’intégration des immigrants||$75,000|
|Centre des travailleurs et travailleuses immigrants||$75,000|
|Centre d'aide aux familles Latino-Américaines (CAFLA)||$75,000|
|Droit à l'emploi - "L'Ancre"||$75,000|
|Action Nouvelle Vie||$100,000|
No. Given the urgency of the situation, the money is not being disbursed through a call for projects, which would have caused significant delays and would not have allowed for rapid delivery of assistance on the ground. The selected agencies will be contacted in the coming weeks.
The assistance is enough to give organizations in crisis situations a significant boost and allow them to have a real impact on newcomers in precarious situations. The number of organizations supported is therefore limited. The distribution of the funds is not targeted but an effort is being made to ensure equity within the whole of Greater Montreal, taking into account the areas most affected by the issue.
In addition to increased funding for the addition of human and material resources, an analysis will be conducted and action taken to provide the agencies with coaching and training, and we are aiming for more significant linkages between the focus areas (food security, homelessness, etc.).
At Centraide, the Planned Giving Program complements our annual fundraising campaigns to ensure future revenues. In fact, once Centraide receives the gift, it is invested in the Generations’ Fund which ensures annual revenue to Centraide of Greater Montreal's mission and will benefit future generations.
While bequests are one of the simplest, most impactful and most popular ways to make a planned gift, there are other ways to do so, including gifts of life insurance policies, gifts of registered retirement savings plan and endowment funds. Read more about our planned gift program.
There is no minimum amount for a gift in your will. Each contribution states your generosity to the Greater Montreal community. Centraide is happy to accept all donations.
It is a fund that provides community agencies that assist newcomers in vulnerable situations with emergency financial support to enable them to continue their work at a time of mounting needs. It is a response to an exceptional situation in which agencies must quickly be given the resources to help people in need.