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How we are responding to the situation

Page updated July 16, 2020

In response to the urgency of the current situation, the Chagnon Foundation has taken immediate action to participate in the wave of solidarity across Québec, focusing particularly on the most vulnerable members of society. The Foundation has the intention of being present right now, but also later once the crisis has abated, when Québec society will need a fresh stimulus to launch its recovery.

Organizations interested in submitting a one-time request

Organizations with which we are not already in contact may submit a request for funding an initiative aimed at meeting needs directly caused by the pandemic. Please write to us at, indicating “covid” in the subject line.

In order to obtain funding, your initiative must comply with certain guidelines.

  • It must be consistent with our mission and our values. Funding requested must be a complement to government funding.
  • It must be focused on improving conditions in disadvantaged areas with large numbers of underprivileged families.
  • It must help children, youth and families who are vulnerable or marginalized.
  • It must meet fundamental needs that are directly caused by the current situation (related to food, housing, etc.).

What we are doing to help the initiatives we support

During the week of March 16, 2020, we contacted over 100 of the organizations and initiatives that we support to provide reassurance and to work with them to identify the solutions that were most appropriate for their situation. We have taken steps to give them the possibility to redirect millions of dollars in response to the emergency. These measures will also help to ensure that many people will keep their jobs, especially in community organizations. We have also reached out to government authorities and philanthropic associations with an offer to collaborate in any pertinent, useful and complementary action.

Message to our partners:

The person (Partner Relations officer) with whom you are used to working with at the Foundation will continue to be available to help you identify the best possible solutions for your situation.

We are committed to:

  • respecting all of our agreements

  • making all disbursements as planned, even if resources are allocated to other activities dictated by the emergency

  • accepting, if necessary, the postponement of certain activities, delays in submitting certain reports or the need to provide additional financial support.

Additional financial support

Amount granted to date: more than $5,400,000.

UQAM - Faculté des sciences de l’éducation 
(Faculty of Educational Sciences)


This summer, several professors in the Faculty of Educational Sciences at the Université du Québec à Montréal have joined forces to propose two projects—two responses to the possible effects of confinement on learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Education support project for students at risk of experiencing a difficult transition to the neighbourhood high school in Pointe-St-Charles, in partnership with local organization Share the Warmth (Partageons l’espoir). (June 22, 2020)
  • Remedial learning project to provide support for primary students going back to school in Montréal’s Centre-Sud neighbourhood, in collaboration with La Relance, focusing on basic reading, writing and arithmetic skills. (June 29, 2020)

Association des enseignants immigrants du Québec (June 22, 2020) 
(Québec association of immigrant teachers)


During the current confinement, access to online learning resources has become essential for students’ academic success. In response to this situation, the Québec association of immigrant teachers (Association des enseignants immigrants du Québec or AEIQ), in partnership with several other organizations, set up the Online Saturday school to provide additional support for children and teens in preschools, primary schools and high schools in disadvantaged neighbourhoods. Many families expressed interest in the school staying “open” during the summer holidays. The Foundation’s contribution will enable some 100 students to benefit from the Online summer school review courses in French, math and English.

Literacy Foundation (June 10, 2020)


The Literacy Foundation will be using our support for the following purposes:

  • Conduct an awareness and promotion campaign in the fall of 2020 focusing on the importance of continued efforts to become a fully literate society and, consequently, promoting the Foundation’s programs and services.
  • Revise the various processes involved in the Gift of Reading program: how books are distributed to children, communications related to the program and delivery of virtual books online.

The Literacy Foundation website

Fondation de l’Office municipal d’habitation Montréal (OMHM Foundation) – June 10, 2020


Every year, the OMHM Foundation works at encouraging students whose families live in subsidized housing to stay in school by funding homework assistance projects run by youth organizations that are active in low-rent housing developments. The Chagnon Foundation’s contribution will help to ensure that these activities continue to help vulnerable families that are already severely affected by the pandemic, encourage social inclusion and mobilize community resources.

Ensemble Caprice (May 28, 2020)


Determined to help alleviate the negative effects of confinement on the social and mental health of families and children in Montréal and Laval, the baroque music ensemble Caprice has decided to create and organize some 3,000 outdoor “mini-concerts santé” in six disadvantaged neighbourhoods throughout Montréal and Laval. The concerts, which the ensemble hopes will reach up to 10,000 people, will feature instrumentalists and singers who perform regularly with 20 well-known classical music groups, including Ensemble Caprice, Ensemble vocal Arts-Québec, Orchestre classique de Montréal, I Musici, Festival Montréal Baroque, Orchestre symphonique de Laval and Orchestre de l’Agora.

Conseil du système alimentaire montréalais (May 25, 2020) 
(Montréal food system council)


The current health crisis has placed a great strain on Québec’s food system. During the coming economic recovery, the council recommends that the Montréal community seize the opportunity to build a food system that is socially, economically and ecologically resilient. This project proposes a way to learn from the crisis in order to rapidly develop sustainable solutions aimed at bridging the gaps in Montréal’s food system.

Community Health and Social Services Network - CHSSN (May 19, 2020)


The arrival of the pandemic confronted the English-speaking community—already dealing with other issues—with an increased need for food security. The Foundation’s contribution will enable the CHSSN to provide support for nine organizations in its network and improve food security services in the Anglophone community. Some of these organizations already operate food banks, others have taken on their management in the absence of volunteers who are no longer able to work, and still others transfer funds directly to those in the first two categories in order to meet the growing need.

Réseau québécois de l’action communautaire autonome - RQ-ACA (May 11, 2020)
(Québec network for independent community action)


The RQ-ACA has taken the initiative to launch the Observatoire de l’action communautaire autonome—an observatory on independent community action—in collaboration with the Table nationale des corporations de développement communautaire (provincial round table for Community Development Corporations – CDCs). The objective of this project is to document the short-, medium- and long-term impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on organizations that promote independent community action. The Observatoire will document how the pandemic has affected these groups in terms of their organization, political actions, and ability to achieve their social transformation goals.

Observatoire estrien du développement des communautés (May 8, 2020) 
(Eastern Townships community development watch)


In response to a call from several actors in the region to analyze and learn from their handling of the crisis in order to better prepare for re-opening and transformation, the Observatoire estrien du développement des communautés will be doing a case study to:

  • establish current responses to the crisis (strategies, mechanisms, best practices)
  • identify factors for community resilience in the seven MRC territories in the Estrie region
  • support decision-makers and actors involved in inter-sector activities in their efforts to strengthen the resilience of their communities.

Comité sectoriel de la main-d'œuvre - Économie sociale / Action Communautaire (May 8, 2020)
(Sectoral labour committee – Social economy / Community action) 


In response to the growing psychological distress in workers and volunteers in the community action and social economy sectors in Québec, the Comité sectoriel de la main-d'œuvre de l’Économie sociale et de l’Action communautaire has created a free listening and support service that will be available for a few months during the COVID-19 crisis.

Union des consommateurs (May 8, 2020)
(Québec consumer advocacy group)


The Associations coopératives d’économie familiale (ACEF) continue to help people who use their services to better understand and manage their financial situation during the pandemic. The Foundation’s contribution will help to raise awareness of these services within the various ACEFs that are members of the Union des consommateurs.

The Lighthouse – Children and Families (May 4, 2020)


Thanks to this exceptional contribution to its emergency fund, The Lighthouse organization will be able to continue providing services via telepresence to families whose children require palliative care and to offer them the support they need during this period of confinement.

Centraides of Quebec - Project to support youth (April 29, 2020)


This funding will help youth agencies reach isolated and marginalized young people and give them educational and psychosocial support so that they can continue their studies and go back to school in 2020-2021 with the best chances of success. The ultimate goal of this project is to ensure that all young people can still develop their full potential. This funding will be allocated to agencies supported by the Centraides of Quebec and may go beyond this network depending on the specific realities and needs of each region.

Press Release

Centraide of Greater Montréal – Radar, a collaborative digital tool (April 27, 2020)


Radar is a collaborative digital tool that provides the public and local stakeholders with a map of all food assistance agencies in the Montreal Metropolitan Community that are open or closed during the crisis. This map can be used not only to align a neighbourhood’s needs with the agencies that can meet these needs but also to effectively share information about agencies with the public, funding partners and decision-makers. Sociodemographic variables and technical features will be added as the tool is developed in order to refine analyses of issues related to poverty and social exclusion.

Press Release

Fondation Olo (April 22, 2020)


Fondation Olo is extremely concerned about the possible effects of the current crisis on unborn babies and their families. The foundation is anticipating a rise in poverty among pregnant women and, consequently, an increase in requests for Olo’s personalized follow-up service and food vouchers. In order to reduce food insecurity, alleviate families’ stress and reinforce their social safety net, Olo has implemented some exceptional measures to upgrade its services.

Press Release (in French)

Table nationale des corporations de développement communautaire (TNCDC) (April 22, 2020)


Community development corporations have been particularly challenged during the current public health crisis. Several have spoken to the TNCDC about the difficulties they are experiencing in finding appropriate responses to emerging issues: declining funding revenues, longer working hours, projects terminated or suspended for lack of financing, the need to purchase the necessary technological equipment to allow employees to work from home, etc.

Socioeconomic Summit for the Development of Black Communities (April 16, 2020)


In addition to facilitating Internet access and providing families of four or more in disadvantaged neighbourhoods with computer equipment, the Summit and its partners have developed online activities that focus on the heritage of various black communities.

Press Release (in French)

Doctors of the World (April 16, 2020)


Our contribution to this emergency fund will help Doctors of the World to continue providing medical care to migrants with precarious status. It will also support them in their ongoing efforts to raise awareness among various partners and coordinate the implementation of government measures aimed at helping this highly vulnerable population.

Fédération québécoise des organismes communautaires famille (FQOCF) and LigneParents (March 31, 2020)


These two organizations will be working together to support parents who request assistance during the coming days and weeks.

Press Release (in French)

Centraides of Quebec - COVID-19 Emergency Fund (March 27, 2020)


This donation applies to all regions of Québec. We have asked Centraide to distribute funds to areas where the needs of vulnerable groups or communities are receiving the least financial support.

Contributions by Chagnon Foundation projects

Naître et grandir

For the hundreds of thousands of parents and organizations that regularly consult its website, newsletter and social media posts, Naître et grandir publishes news items, other content of interest and blogs related to the present situation (pregnancy follow-ups, childbirth, children, answers to questions, lists of activities available online, etc.).

L’Observatoire des tout-petits

The Observatoire des tout-petits has created a special section on its website to report on the impact of COVID-19 and social isolation on the well-being of young children, including an analysis of the effects that the current situation is having on child maltreatment.

Our communications

APRIL 29, 2020

Newsletter: Notre contribution à l'effort collectif et notre rôle comme organisme philanthropique

MARCH 29, 2020

Press release: COVID-19 - La réponse immédiate de la Fondation Chagnon


MARCH 24, 2020

Email from the President of the Foundation sent to all our partners

WEEK OF MARCH 16, 2020

Newsletter - Maintien de nos opérations et télétravail

We contacted over 100 of the organizations and initiatives that we support to provide reassurance and work with them to identify the best solutions for their specific situation.

We also support the statement entitled We’re all in this together published by Philanthropic Foundations Canada, Environment Funders Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada.

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