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Événements 16 May 2023

The Montreal Canadiens Children's Foundation awards $943,000 in donations

The Montreal Canadiens Children's Foundation awards $943,000 in donations

The Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation announced today financial support totaling $942,983 to 65 organizations working for the well-being of children in need across Quebec. These donations, which were awarded during a cheque presentation ceremony at the Bell Centre on May 16, will enable organizations established in 13 administrative regions throughout the province to continue to promote an active lifestyle among young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. 

Youth from low-income families, for whom the costs associated with leisure activities are often one of the principal barriers to practicing sports, will benefit from these projects supported by the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation By supporting initiatives providing access to nearby quality equipment, infrastructure and programming for thousands of socioeconomically disadvantaged youths, the Foundation wishes to help reduce these inequalities and provide an additional incentive to the regular practice of physical activity. 

“We are happy to offer our support to these organizations that address the priority needs of children from vulnerable backgrounds by allowing them to take part in physical activity programs in their community, explains Pierre Boivin, Chairman of the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation’s Board of Directors. “Once again this year, we are amazed by the diversity, ingenuity and quality of the projects submitted to us, which testify to the enthusiasm of schools and community-based groups to find different ways to get local youth moving. The testimonies we heard today show all the impact that these initiatives can have, thanks to the financial assistance they received, for the future and health of these children. 

The grants awarded to these organizations will, among other things, enable the offer of free summer camp stays and day camp registrations to vulnerable groups, including children living in poverty, with disabilities or with special needs. While part of the funding will help design inclusive playgrounds, build evolutive psychomotor courses, revitalize schoolyards or restore multi-sports facilities, another portion of the funds allocated will serve to purchase various sports equipment. Several donations will also be used to organize sports, leisure, and outdoor activities for nearly 15,000 young people across the province, so that they can discover various disciplines such as softball, basketball, boxing, hockey and boardsports, and thus integrate physical activity into their daily life. 

These community grants are presented annually to charitable organizations supporting youth sports programming in low-income areas across the province. Eligible registered non-profits can apply online between September 1 and November 30 of each year. Submissions are reviewed by a selection committee and donations are awarded the following spring to projects that meet certain specific criteria, including having a direct impact on a significant number of children aged 4 to 17 and implementing preventive intervention strategies for the adoption of a healthy lifestyle through physical activity. Since its inception in 2000, the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation has donated over $20.6 million to more than 900 charities. 

2022-23 Beneficiary Organizations  

Conseil des Anicinapek de Kitcisakik 

Camp Portneuf
Fondation Ancrage Jeunesse 

Association des groupes de jeunes des Hauts-Reliefs
École primaire de la Marconi
École primaire des 2 Rivières
Polyvalente La Samarre 

Centre de pédiatrie sociale de Lévis 

Carrefour accès loisirs
Club optimiste de Saint-Ludger
École primaire LaRocque
Maison des jeunes de Waterville  

Place jeunesse Berthier 

Carrefour jeunesse Desjardins
Centre communautaire Cri du cœur
Maison des jeunes de La Minerve
Maison des jeunes de la Vallée de la Rouge 

Centre de pédiatrie sociale Laval
Maison des jeunes du Marigot 

École primaire Cardinal-Roy
Grands Frères Grandes Sœurs de Trois-Rivières 

Maison internationale de la Rive-Sud 

BGC Dawson
Camp Amy Molson
Camp Olier
Centre communautaire Bon Courage
Centre d’initiatives pour le développement communautaire l’Unité
Centre haïtien d’animation et d’intervention sociales (CHAIS)
Champions for Life Foundation
Cuisines et vie collectives St-Roch
École internationale Wilfrid-Pelletier
École primaire du Grand-Héron
École primaire Jacques-Rousseau (Fondation de la Pointe-de-l’Île)
École primaire Saint-Albert-le-Grand
École primaire Saint-Jean-Baptiste-de-la-Salle (Fondation pour les élèves de Montréal)
École secondaire Dalbé-Viau
Fondation des jeunes de la DPJ
Fondation Jasmin Roy Sophie Desmarais
Friendship Circle of Montreal
Giant Steps Foundation
HitFit Organisation
Jeunes sportifs d’Hochelaga
Loisirs communautaires Saint-Michel
Maison Caracol
Maison de la famille de Saint-Léonard
Maison des enfants de l’île de Montréal
Maison des jeunes de LaSalle
Maison des jeunes L’Escampette
Mener autrement
Montreal Community Cares Foundation
Projet Harmonie
Sun Youth
Toujours ensemble
Trevor Williams Kids Foundation
Tyndale St-Georges Community Centre 

Base de plein air Air-Eau-Bois 

Corporation les Adolescents et la Vie de Quartier de Chicoutimi
Havre du Fjord
Local Jeunes Centre-ville de Chicoutimi
Maison de l’Espoir Saguenay-Lac Saint-Jean
Maison des jeunes du Bas-Saguenay
OTJ de Petit-Saguenay