- 55,570 people
- 3rd step in process
- $2,730,937 invested
Where strength and inspiration meet generosity
The history of Saint-Michel symbolizes the strength and potential for transformation.
Known for the former Miron and Francon quarries that cover a large part of its territory, Saint-Michel stands out with its high numbers of families with children. As half its population are immigrants, Saint-Michel is a large mosaic of cultures. Saint-Michel has also been an engaged neighbourhood for 25 years and has been actively carrying out an urban revitalization plan for over 10 years. Its vision: make Saint-Michel a flagship neighbourhood that is inspiring, shows solidarity, is proud of its diversity, has strong collective action, and becomes a place where people want to live, succeed and grow.
With its focus on food, housing, mobility and educational success, Saint-Michel is working hard to rethink and reappropriate its collective spaces to turn them into places of social transformation and empowerment for citizens and agencies.
Discover the collective reappropriation projects of Saint-Michel
More healthy and affordable food
Some good news and some great visibility for Saint-Michel and its food system!
The neighbourhood’s project was one of seven chosen for the City of Montreal's participatory budget initiative. A four-season greenhouse and an outdoor garden will be used year-round to produce fresh, pesticide-free, and affordable fruit and vegetables in the neighbourhood and will welcome groups of students and local residents.
Radio-Canada also did a report on the Environnement agriculture urbaine (EAU) program at the École Louis-Joseph-Papineau high school. This new educational program is now fully integrated into the neighbourhood food system, and we hope it lasts as long as possible! It is very inspiring to see these young people, who are now in their second year of the program, share what they have learned and put their energy into the project.SUMMER 2021
Vivace PIC - 1PAKT
The 1PAKT project creates inclusivity in public spaces related to people’s social, cultural and working lives and is continuing its social reappropriation work in George-Vernot Park and Ovila-Légaré Park. By making these spaces an active part of the community, the project will engage more residents in issues that affect them, such as the future development of the Francon Quarry and how people get around the neighbourhood.June 2020
A productive year for collective action
For many years now, and on a more sustained basis since the launch of the CIP, Saint-Michel has been working on large-scale social development projects. These include building a local food system, developing a neighbourhood core in the Francon quarry, and requalifying an obsolete building as a community centre.Winter 2020 Read more
A delegation from VSMS attends the Future Cities Canada Summit
From November 7 to 9, a delegation of eight people from Saint-Michel went to Toronto on a study tour. Their goal was to learn about the local revitalization project for the former Evergreen Brick Works and attend the Future Cities Canada Summit to present their development project for the Francon Quarry.November 2018 Read the article
Jardins des Patriotes : un immense potager pour unir tout un quartier!
« En plus d’alimenter les habitants du quartier avec des aliments frais et abordables, le projet des Jardins des patriotes est très fédérateur. Tous les organismes partagent une vision commune et travaillent ensemble dans l’intérêt des citoyens. » – Pape Dione, PARI Saint-MichelNovember 2, 2018 Read the article
News report on the Brigade verte
Meet the young people from the École Louis-Joseph-Papineau who are taking part in the food self-sufficiency project. A report by Jean-Sébastien Cloutier that was broadcast on Ici Radio-Canada’s “Téléjournal 18 h.”
Grâce à l'argent récolté, Centraide pourrait aider 350 organismes pour lutter contre la pauvreté.Voici l'exemple de l'un des projets financés par Centraide, Les jardins des Patriotes.
Posted by Le Téléjournal 18 h on Tuesday, June 5, 2018
June 5, 2018
A flurry of ideas for Francon’s futureMarch 2017
Create working committees
Working committees have been created to develop concrete projects that will receive CIP funding. More to come!January 2017 Committees work
CIP morning meetings
Three CIP morning meetings are organized to bring together neighbourhood stakeholders and residents. People ask about the levers that could give momentum to the neighbourhood plan. They work out the projects to focus on. Small groups then concentrate on individual priorities.April to November 2016 Results from the CIP morning meetings (in French only)
How to create a neighbourhood plan
Watch the four videos (in French only) to learn about the four major steps in the process to create a neighbourhood plan.
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-Michel is chosen
Saint-Michel is chosen to receive intensive CIP support to give new momentum to its collective approach to fight poverty. This approach is based on the neighbourhood’s 2014-2018 plan, which has six priorities: housing, urban development and safety, culture, academic success, skills and employment, and food. The CIP morning meetings have brought neighbourhood stakeholders and citizens together to earmark projects for CIP support.March 2016
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1PAKT: a new space to meet and interactDiscover this project
A productive year for collective action
For many years now, and on a more sustained basis since the launch of the CIP, Saint-Michel has been working on large-scale social development projects.Discover this project
"La boîte à tout le monde" community centre
The new purpose for the Georges-Vernot swimming pool, located near the Francon Quarry, has inspired Saint-Michel residents to renew these spaces and create a multipurpose community centre.Discover this project
A Plan for Food Self-Sufficiency
Saint-Michel's food self-sufficiency plan includes two production gardens in the schoolyard of the École Louis-Joseph-Papineau.Discover this project
Three projects to fight poverty
Three projects from Saint-Michel’s plan will be included in the Collective Impact Project. These projects will focus on neighbourhood’s major issues.Discover this project
Re-imagining Francon to open up Saint-Michel
The neighbourhood has been working on a plan to transform the Francon quarry as one of many solutions to open up the Saint-Michel neighbourhood.Discover this project