Centraide is reviewing its
investment strategy

Before determining which agencies and collective actions to support, Centraide establishes an investment strategy with broad guidelines on the use of the donations it receives, i.e. funding level and duration, distribution throughout the territory and among different needs (food security, mental health, seniors, youth). 

We began reviewing our investment strategy in fall 2019. Although the pandemic interrupted this work, the major and lasting social and financial effects of the health crisis impelled us to continue the process at the end of summer 2020. Centraide wants to ensure it remains as relevant as possible to counter the lasting impacts of the pandemic and help strengthen Greater Montreal’s communities.

Keep up with our progress leading up to the deployment of our new investment strategy on April 1, 2022 and don’t hesitate to send us your comments: allocations@centraide-mtl.org

Information for agencies

Webinars

Better understand the review process and ask questions.

Newsletters

Stay informed about our progress with the new strategy.

Additional documents

Enhance your understanding.

Find here the webinars to help you better understand the main aspects of our new investment strategy.

Webinar on December 6, 2021

Centraide of Greater Montreal’s investment strategy: View

Webinar on March 17, 2021

Centraide of Greater Montreal’s investment strategy: View

Webinar on October 29, 2020

Centraide of Greater Montreal’s investment strategy: View
Q&A: Download

Find here the newsletters that have been sent to you.

Newsletter from April 22, 2022

Investments contracts and confirmations, Direct support and DATAide. Download

Newsletter from March 22, 2022

Campaign results, launch of DATAide, launch of Projet Réussite Jeunesse and Investment strategy. Download

Newsletter from February 21, 2022

Support for the demands of the community. Download

Newsletter from December 15, 2021

Feedback on the webinar and offers from agencies and other partners. Download

Newsletter from November 16, 2021

Invitation to webinars, President and Executive Director tour of agencies and 2021 Centraide annual campaign. Download

Newsletter from October 25, 2021

An invitation to a webinar, new investments, an announcement from de President and Executive Director. Download

Newsletter from September 15, 2021

Towards Centraide’s new investment strategy. Download

Newsletter from June 29, 2021

Highlights of the financial results as of March 31, 2021. Download

Newsletter from June 9, 2021

Accumulated surplus and free training courses. Download

Newsletter from May 25, 2021

New web page about new investment strategy and revision of the reporting form. Download

Newsletter from April 29, 2021

Deployment of the investment strategy and evaluation process. Download

Newsletter from April 7, 2021

Additional information following the webinar on March 17. Download

Newsletter from February 22, 2021

New investment strategy highlights: Webinar invite. Download

Newsletter from February 4, 2021

A unique context, an unrivaled campaign: Solidarity in Greater Montreal! Download

Find here all additonal documents that have been sent to you.

Q&A #1 as of February 17, 2022: Download

Summary of the investment strategy: Download

Q&A #1 as of April 7, 2021: Download

Equipping those who help with mental health training

Mental health has been a focus for us for many years and especially since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The community agencies we support have been quick to identify new phenomena around this issue. The people we help can thus find personalized support to face this difficult period which will leave after-effects for some of them.

But what about the people who help? This is the question answered by Simon Mérienne, business development, sales and partnerships manager at the Association Québécoise des Parents et Amis de la Personne Atteinte de Maladie Mentale (AQPAMM), a community organization supported by Centraide of Greater Montreal.

“In a year and a half, we’ve seen a 45% increase in burnout cases in community settings.”

– Simon Mérienne

“Community workers deal with complex human issues that are often not addressed by the public and private sectors. Exposed to heavy cases with significant emotional burdens, they often do not have the necessary means to adequately deal with the situation.

Another characteristic of community workers is that they invest a great deal in their work in order to help the people who use their services. This investment, coupled with the emotional burden of their work and limited resources, is a potentially dangerous mix for an individual’s mental health.

The observation is unequivocal: these kind-hearted workers evolve in environments that are more conducive to the development of mental health problems and, currently, their psychological health is caught in a negative spiral that is accelerating… “


“In a context of labor shortage and increasing psychological difficulties at work, these skills are more important than ever.” —Simon Mérienne


Faced with this unprecedented situation, the AQPAMM has set up a series of training sessions to remedy the problem. As Simon Mérienne explains, the organization “wants to provide knowledge, tools, practices and support to community workers so that they can develop a work environment and professional relationships that will be a protective factor in the face of the current situation.

With the generous collaboration of Centraide of Greater Montreal, the AQPAMM will offer a series of free training sessions to address these issues. Each training session will provide participants with knowledge, tips and concrete tools to equip them to deal with the difficulties they, or their colleagues, may encounter.”

To register:

Understanding Mental Health and its Issues

The objectives of this workshop are to:

  • Développer les conn
  • Develop participants’ mental health knowledge
  • Enable participants to become aware of mental health issues
  • Enable participants to identify risk and protective factors for a balanced mental health

It will be facilitated by Anne-Marie Pelletier.

Dates:

January 28, 2022, February 18, 2022, March 8, 2022 and April 5, 2022

Intervening in a context exacerbated by the impacts of the pandemic

The objectives of this workshop are to:

  • Develop participants’ knowledge of the psychological impacts of the pandemic on clients;
  • Recognize the signs of psychological distress in a client;
  • Develop strategies to take care of oneself and maintain one’s balance as a caregiver in the current pandemic context.

It will be facilitated by Marielle Boudreault.

Dates: January 26, 2022, February 16, 2022, March 8th 2022 and April 8, 2022

Burnout in the Community: Helping Without Getting Burned

The objectives of this workshop are to:

  • Understand burnout
  • Demystify preconceived ideas on the subject
  • Identify the manifestations of burnout at work
  • To allow discussion and reflection on possible solutions at the individual, organizational and collective levels

It will be facilitated by Arnaud Lamy-Brunelle.

Dates: January 27, 2022, February 16, 2022, March 11th 2022 and April 4th 2022