Invest wisely
and receive significant results

$59.1 million was invested in 2021-2022 in the communities of Greater Montreal through 350 agencies and community projects. These investments were structured around four areas of action.

Support
youth success

32%

of our investments

$18.9M

invested

175

agencies supported including the CIP


In Montreal, nearly one in four children grows up in poverty

Growing up in poverty increases the risk of cumulative difficulties throughout life. Children born into poor families start life at a disadvantage. Poverty has a serious impact on their well-being, development, academic success, lifestyle, behaviour, and health. Disadvantaged children are at a higher risk of starting school late and dropping out before graduation. Without a high-school diploma, they are more likely to earn lower incomes, live in poor conditions, and repeat a cycle of poverty that will be difficult for their children to avoid. 

Our approach

Accompany youth throughout their journey to adulthood so they can develop to their full potential, find their way, and become accomplished adults who are involved in their community.

Our strategies

  • Stimulate early childhood development
  • Encourage academic perseverance
  • Support parents and families
  • Prevent homelessness

In the field

At the Dolphin Children’s House in Laval, 103 young children and 57 families participated in over 300 activities during the year. 

In the past 20 years, Mères avec pouvoir has supported over 200 single mothers with their social, professional or housing goals. 

95,000 elementary and high school students and their parents are helped by programs designed to promote academic perseverance within our network of agencies. 

Take care
of the essentials

19%

of our investments

$11.2M

invested

140

agencies supported including the CIP


In Greater Montreal, one in every three renter household live in poor housing conditions

A home is not just an address. It’s where you should be able to settle down and feel safe enough to build a rewarding life. A dwelling is considered inadequate when it’s too small, isolated, or unsanitary, and when it costs more than 30% of household income. When income is low, it’s impossible to avoid exceeding this ratio. When rent payments take priority over all other expenses, households are forced to cut back on other basic needs such as food, clothing, transportation, education, and activities.

Our approach

Provide sufficient access to adequate and affordable housing and focus on sustainable solutions that lead to the food autonomy of individuals, families, and communities. 

Our strategies

  • Facilitate access to housing
  • Ensure food security

In the field

This year, the Comité logement de Montréal-Nord deployed a point of service in the neighbourhood’s northeast sector, a ghettoized area where over 90% of households are renters and 43% of people live on a low-income. 

Towards Green Togetherness is a welcoming, safe, nurturing and educational island of freshness and biodiversity that was visited 482 times by activity participants in 2021. 

This year, the Association coopérative d’économie familiale de la Rive-Sud carried out 264 individual budget consultations with individuals and families who want to improve their budget management skills. 

Break
social isolation

27%

of our investments

$16M

invested

199

agencies supported including the CIP


In Greater Montreal, more than half of recent immigrants live in poverty

Certain population groups face a higher risk of experiencing poverty and social exclusion, either because they are going through a difficult situation (job loss, family upheaval, mental health issues, difficult immigration experiences, etc.) or because of other factors (sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, ethnocultural background, etc.).

Our approach

Build diverse living environments that recognize, respect, and appreciate the diversity of each person’s experiences, values, and opinions and encourage the participation and contribution of all members of society.

Our strategies

  • Break the social isolation of seniors
  • Promote the social inclusion of people with disabilities
  • Support the integration of immigrants and refugees
  • Help people experiencing a crisis

In the field

The community outreach service of CATAL (Comité d’animation du troisième âge de Laval) helped seniors over 650 times. 

10 young children under the age of five with special needs due to an intellectual disability or autism spectrum disorder benefited from stimulation classes run by the West Island Association for the Intellectually Handicapped – WIAIH. 

Over the past year, Accueil aux Immigrants de l’Est de Montréal – AIEM has supported asylum seekers with their housing searches. The agency helped individuals and families in highly vulnerable situations sign 473 leases.  

The Centre des femmes d’ici et d’ailleurs organized over 75 walk-and-talks with women in difficulty (experiencing domestic violence, mental health problems, parenting difficulties) in the outdoor location of their choice (public place, park, street). 

Build
caring communities

22%

of our investments

$13M

invested

169

agencies supported including the CIP


More than 350 community agencies and collective projects are active in more than 80 communities across Greater Montreal because of our support

Community agencies play a leading role in the fight against poverty and social exclusion. Not only do they provide immediate frontline support to vulnerable people, but they also improve living conditions in the long-term and bring neighbourhoods to life. The environments they work in are constantly changing and becoming more complex, calling for a multitude of new strategies, skills, and abilities. 

Our approach

Strengthen the agencies’ capacity to accomplish their missions and increase their ability to take action, which will help them have a greater impact on reducing poverty. 

Our strategies

In the field

Spring 2022 marked the return of neighbourhood tours organized by the Comité de développement local de Chomedey (CDLC) for newcomers who are settling into their new society and taking French language courses. The bus tour includes visits to local agencies and facilities (libraries, recreation centres) and meetings with agency staff.  

In the past year, 120,000 people were helped by Centraide-supported agencies and volunteer programs located in many areas of Greater Montreal. 

The Leadership rassembleur™ program offered by Dynamo – Ressource en mobilisation des collectivités welcomed its thirteenth cohort this year. Overall, 230 community stakeholders were able to develop their leadership skills since the program’s inception in 2008.