Centraide invests $43,650,000 to fight poverty in Greater Montreal

One in four persons on Montreal Island are poor
and one in ten persons in Laval and on the South Shore

MONTREAL, June 22, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - Thanks to the support of its donors, Centraide is investing $43.7 million this year to help individuals and families overcome poverty in Greater Montreal, which is home to the largest number of poor people in Quebec.

This amount is being distributed to 353 community agencies and projects that improve living conditions for children and families, support people who are excluded or marginalized, and pool their efforts to fight poverty in the neighbourhoods.

Overall, Centraide is allocating $813,500 more than last year to better support the work of the agencies in its network. Part of this increase is going towards welcoming five new agencies:

  • Centre communautaire Bon Courage de Place Benoît, which works with youth, families and isolated seniors in Place Benoît, a very disadvantaged neighbourhood in the borough of Saint-Laurent ($35,000);
  • Centre des femmes du Haut-Richelieu, which is establishing collective kitchens in the rural municipalities of  the Haut-Richelieu RCM ($40,000);
  • Comité logement de Montréal-Nord, which provides information on tenants' rights and responsibilities and promotes social housing ($50,000);
  • Complexe Le Partage de La Prairie, which helps families in the Roussillon RCM, especially by increasing their food security ($35,000);
  • Macadam Sud, which supports and provides skills to youths aged 12 to 35 in the most disadvantaged districts of Greater Longueuil so they can become engaged in improving their living condition ($50,000).

"We are stepping up our efforts to break the cycle of poverty by ensuring that youth from disadvantaged neighbourhoods will have an equal chance to succeed," explains Michèle Thibodeau-DeGuire, President and Executive Director of Centraide of Greater Montreal. "This means equipping parents to promote their children's development. It also involves supporting projects that mobilize neighbourhoods to better address local problems. Such projects help to create vibrant communities that are good places to live for all their residents." The urban and social revitalization project Vivre Saint-Michel en santé and the school dropout prevention program Pathways to Education are excellent examples.

It should be remembered that one in six children in Greater Montreal live in a poor family. About 40% of Centraide's funds go towards financing agencies and projects that help children and youth, support parents, and improve living conditions for families.

Centraide's funding choices reflect the know-how and experience of its 60 allocations committee volunteers, who spend over 2,000 hours every year studying the agencies' grant applications so as to ensure that each social investment will have the great possible long term impact. They are based on territorial profiles which provide a better understanding of local social issues and help to identify the most promising investment leads. These profiles are available on Centraide's website.

Centraide of Greater Montreal is an independent organization managed by a board of directors which is representative of the community. Over 500,000 people in difficulty receive help and comfort from the agencies and projects in its network, which is supported by 50,000 volunteers. To find out more, go to: www.centraide-mtl.org.


For further information:

Annick Gagnon, Public Relations Coordinator
Tel.: 514 288-1261, ext. 242, gagnona@centraide-mtl.org

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