Saint-Léonard

  • 75,705 people
  • 3rd step in process
  • $1,262,121 invested

About Saint-Léonard

HELPING IMMIGRANT FAMILIES SUCCEED

With over 75,000 inhabitants, Saint-Léonard is by far the most populated sector in Montreal’s east end. Nearly 50% of its population is from an immigrant background, and many are families with children. How can we help these immigrant families integrate into Quebec society? How can we ensure that neighbourhood life meets the needs of these new residents?

Together, neighbourhood stakeholders are tackling challenges surrounding the education and academic success of young people, job market integration, and accessibility to housing for all.

Informing, supporting and interacting with families lets stakeholders better understand the experience of these communities while making their members more aware of the resources at their disposal. Above all, these initiatives create deeper connections in the neighbourhood itself.

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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

Vivace-PIC: a vision for the citizen space project

Vivace-PIC’s support in Saint-Léonard helped the neighbourhood create a vision for its own citizen space.



People who worked on the project were therefore able to:
  • clarify uses
  • illustrate their vision
  • plan the development phases for the space
  • evaluate citizen engagement, which is essential to bring the project to life

FALL 2020

Vivace PIC - Citizen Space

Vivace-PIC Support in Saint-Léonard will go toward creating a business model to develop a Citizen Space in the neighbourhood, plan the steps to develop the site, and determine how to engage citizens, which is essential to bring the project to life.

June 2020

Saint-Léonard during COVID-19

From the first week of the lockdown, the six officers from the School-Family-Community project have stayed active, on alert, and interconnected.

March 2020 READ MORE

School-Family-Community project : what is it?

On Wednesday, February 19, the event sharing the impacts of the School-Family-Community project took place in Saint-Léonard. 90 participants attended the meeting, including neighborhood organizations, citizens, donors, representatives of institutions, all the schools in the neighborhood, as well as collaborators from other school boards and neighborhood stakeholders.

February 19, 2020

More social housing for families

In Saint-Léonard, the data paint a worrying picture about access to social housing for residents experiencing poverty. Thanks to support from the CIP, the Comité Promoteur du Logement Social (CPLS) de Saint-Léonard has been more active this past year to promote the development of social housing, particularly for families.

Autumn 2019 Learn more

The School-Family-Community Project Expands

Inspired by this model developed by community stakeholders in Saint-Léonard, the Commission scolaire de la Pointe-de-l’Île decided to expand the project across the entire Montréal-Est territory.

Spring 2019 Read more

Strengthening the social fabric for immigrant parents

Three school-family-community counsellors have been helping families and children in Saint-Léonard.

June 2018 Read more

The neighbourhood takes the first step in its action plan

After major planning work, the first round of CIP funding will go to education through the School-Family-Community project.

January 2018 Read more

Resident get involved in the neighbourhood plan

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August 2017 Read the article (In French)

The neighbourhood plan's 4 priority issues

  1. Education for children and youth in the Francophone sector.
  2. Access to employment for educated and qualified immigrants.
  3. Availability of adequate housing for families.
  4. A safe environment for active transportation.

Winter 2017

Major preparation steps

  1. Preparatory meeting with the agencies that will take action
  2. Day of collective work on the neighbourhood plan
  3. Adoption of the neighbourhood plan by the community
  4. Training on the evaluation of the neighbourhood plan
  5. Tracking of actions and evaluation

Winter-Spring 2017

Planning brainstorming

The main community, municipal, health, and social services partners attend a meeting to develop an initial scenario to implement and evaluate the neighbourhood plan.

January 2017

Measuring progress right from the start

The neighbourhood receives support from Dynamo (French website) to implement a participatory evaluation process. Neighbourhood stakeholders can adjust actions as needed and better communicate results related to reducing poverty and social exclusion.

May 2016

Saint-Léonard is chosen

Saint-Léonard is chosen to receive intensive CIP support to continue its strategic planning process that started in fall 2015, develop its neighbourhood plan, and implement related projects. The neighbourhood has identified four priority areas: employment, education, housing, and urban development.

March 2016

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Saint-Léonard during COVID-19

Partners who know each other, have learned to work together, and can react quickly and with agility in a crisis situation.

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Urgent needs for social housing in Saint-Léonard

Saint-Léonard wants to improve access to adequate housing for families—particularly families with 3 or more children that have to spend over 30% of their income on housing—to reach at least 25% of the 2,100 social housing units needed.

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School-Family-Community Project Expands

Inspired by this model developed by community stakeholders in Saint-Léonard, the Commission scolaire de la Pointe-de-l’Île decided to expand the project across the entire Montréal-Est territory.

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School-Family-Community project

This project aims to increase opportunities to engage parents in their child’s academic environment and give these children better tools to transition to their new schools.

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On the road to school success

This pilot project aims to improve the social and community fabric for immigrant parents so that they can fully play a role in their children’s academic success.

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