Prevention and Social Action

Preventing homelessness, fighting poverty and reducing food insecurity: Find out how the city and its partners are taking concrete steps to help vulnerable constituents.

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  • Cannabis, also known as marijuana, has been legal in Canada since 2018, but it is banned in public places.

  • Montréal and its partners offer various resources to support and guide people experiencing homelessness. Here’s an overview of what’s available.

  • Neighbourhood round tablesbring together local stakeholders (residents, merchants, workers, community organizations, associations, institutions, boroughs, SPVM, etc.) that want to actively improve the quality of life and conditions in a neighbourhood. There are about 30 of these councils in Montréal.

  • In order to promote citizen participation and community engagement, the city helps non-profit organizations (NPOs) that wish to carry out projects by offering multiple forms of support.

  • The Access to city services without fear policy is geared to persons without legal status or awaiting legal status. This policy allows them to receive various services free of charge and in a confidential manner, without having to worry about being reported to the authorities.

  • Social innovation is among the keys to Montréal’s development. The city provides guidance and financial assistance to social economy businesses that contribute to the economic and social vitality of its communities.