The Collective Impact Project of Centraide of Greater Montreal

Supported by the Foundation since 2015

The Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation is one of the seven foundations that have committed to investing $21 million over five years in 17 different neighbourhoods on the Island of Montreal as part of the Collective Impact Project (CIP):

  • Foundation of Greater Montreal
  • J.W. McConnell Family Foundation
  • Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation
  • Mirella & Lino Saputo Foundation
  • Molson Foundation
  • Pathy Family Foundation
  • Silver Dollar Foundation

The partners in the Collective Impact Project share the conviction that the best results are obtained by working together at the local level.

Experimenting, innovating and finding new ways to reduce poverty

The CIP is a new form of support for community development that helps Montreal neighbourhoods make proposals, experiment, innovate and find new ways to reduce poverty. It aims to increase the impact of collective action and achieve measurable, significant outcomes.

Once the project starts, participating neighbourhoods can identify the targets for change, the focus strategies, as well as the key performance indicators for their neighbourhood action plan, which include: 


Examples: youth graduation rate, parental participation in schools, development of citizen leadership.


Examples: Level of stakeholder involvement, extent of citizen participation, quality of relationships, and collaboration dynamics.

Living conditions

Examples: Coherent development of a complete food security network, increase in number of social housing units, decrease in incivility and crime rates.

The system

Examples: Quality of collaboration between schools and the community, implementation of municipal policies, improvement to the public transit network.

Tailored support

The CIP accounts for the reality of each participating neighbourhood by providing tailored support so that each one can:

  • become more intensely engaged in its social development for the next five years in close alignment with its neighbourhood action plan (whether it has developed this plan or is starting to develop it);
  • develop or reinforce a comprehensive, integrated approach, i.e., one that gets all local stakeholder networks involved;
  • conduct an evaluation on how their collective process serves the action strategy, reinforces capacities, encourages collective learning, and continuously improves practices;
  • participate in knowledge transfer and sharing activities with other local communities;
  • receive financial support and other forms of support for the creation of a neighbourhood action plan.

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In the Ahuntsic neighborhood, the example of the "Learning Citizenship"

The "Learning Citizenship" program encourages residents to have a voice and defend their interests as citizens. The project has two main components:

  • Food security
  • Development of collective facilities

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We believe

"We believe" is a short video that uses images to illustrate our constantly renewed desire to prevent poverty for the good of future generations in Quebec.


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