West Island

  • 235,000 people
  • 3rd step in process
  • $591,541 invested

About West Island

COLLECTIVE EFFECTIVENESS TO TACKLE HIDDEN POVERTY

With 12 communities and over 235,000 inhabitants over a vast territory that occupies a third of the island of Montreal, the West Island conceals vulnerable environments and major social problems. Active transportation, food security, housing, and service accessibility issues are some of its core concerns. The West Island is often thought of as an affluent territory, but many people don’t realize that 85% of the population lives in a food desert and that one in ten people have to turn to food assistance.

Brought together under unifying leadership, all stakeholders in the territory have pooled their energy and resources to generate innovative solutions to this hidden poverty. In this very large and complex territory, local partners are maximizing their effectiveness by working together and sharing the lessons they learn.

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Progress

  1. Involvement
    and exploration
  2. Idea turned
    into action
  3. Implementation
    and experiments
  4. Initiative
    scale-up
  5. Support
    and renewal
  1. Involvement
    and exploration
  2. Idea turned
    into action
  3. Implementation
    and experiments
  4. Initiative
    scale-up
  5. Support
    and renewal

Timeline

Food security lab

In the West Island, two laboratories have launched to lay solid foundations to help the neighbourhood work better together. The first lab on food security, whose aim is to raise awareness about the territory’s food security issues, mobilized partners during the CIP’s first three years. The second will focus on housing and build on the practices and lessons learned from the first lab.

Hiver 2020 Read more

Hidden Hunger in the West Island

The first collective action “lab experiment” in the West Island has been a campaign to raise awareness about food insecurity. The campaign includes a video of powerful testimonials from all sorts of people who have struggled to put food on the table.

Winter 2019 See the video

Poverty and Food Security in the West Island

December 2017

Awareness campaign for food security

2017-09-12-session-de-planification-en

September 2017

Two ways to take action

  1. Learning to work together
  2. Creating developmental projects

Summer 2017 Learn more

How will the CIP take shape in the West Island?

2017-08-presentation-la-double-spirale

Summer 2017

The neighbourhood's target project: “Interconnected Community Development”

The goal of this project is to improve collaboration between the two neighbourhood roundtables and the agencies throughout the West Island’s vast territory.  The goal of this first “lab experiment” is to improve food security for residents who are experiencing poverty and social exclusion.

February 2017

The West Island is chosen

The West Island is chosen to receive moderate CIP support to implement a specific project from its neighbourhood plan. This project will produce concrete results to reduce poverty and social exclusion.

March 2016

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Food security lab

In the West Island, two laboratories have launched to lay solid foundations to help the neighbourhood work better together.

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Hidden Hunger in the West Island

The West Island's first collective action “lab experiment” has been a campaign to raise awareness about food insecurity. The campaign includes a video of powerful testimonials.

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Two ways to take action

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