Recreation companion program for people with functional limitations

Last updated February 23, 2023

Does your organization offer recreation activities for people with one or more functional limitations? The city offers financial assistance to cover part of the wages paid to companion staff.



This program promotes access to recreation activities for children and adults who have a functional limitation and require the presence of a companion.

Eligible recreation activities and sectors

Must be offered between April 1, 2023 and March 31, 2025. The eligible recreation sectors include cultural activities, outdoor recreation, social and educational activities, scientific and technological activities, community activities, and tourism activities.

Ineligible activities

  • Recreation with lodging
  • Rehabilitation activities
  • Activities financed by a Centre de ressources éducatives et pédagogiques
  • (CREP)

  • Respite activities
  • Awareness activities
  • Vacation camps (please see the government of Québec’s Program of financial assistance for access to vacation camps
  • Occasional events, i.e., events held fewer than five times per year


Eligible organizations

Non-profit organizations 

  • Be a legally constituted Montréal-based NPO (non-profit organization).
  • Have head offices within Montréal city limits or offer activities in Montréal.
  • Have a recognized recreation mission and an offer of services in Montréal.
  • Offer recreation services to people with a disability living within Montréal’s city limits.
  • Be in good standing with various government authorities and the city. 
  • Have a democratic mode of operation: Annual general meeting, activity report and financial report produced and approved at the meeting, active members and an elected board of directors, etc.


  • Offer a companion service for people with functional limitations so that they can practice a recreation activity.

Financial assistance

A total budget of $928,600 over two years will be distributed to organizations deemed eligible based on their programming. 

Details on the assistance that you could receive:

  • Maximum of $20,000 per year remitted per point of service for each organization. 
  • Financial assistance per companion calculated at an average hourly rate of $18/hour. 
  • In the case of a day camp, the eligible activities must correspond with 35 hours per week.

Payment of financial assistance

Your organization must be registered with the city’s Fichier des fournisseurs and its grant management and follow-up system (GSS). You must use the organization’s legal name and ensure that the information is updated on a regular basis. Registering to receive a direct deposit is recommended.

Required documents

Administrative documents 

  • Financial report for the most recent financial year.
  • Declaration for the year in progress with the Registraire des entreprises du Québec, including the updated list of members of your BD.
  • Third-party liability insurance policy (with minimum coverage of $2 million for bodily injuries, material damages, harms and rider).
  • Letters patent of your organization.
  • Resolution from your board of directors designating a person empowered to sign the agreement found in the complementary form. It must be dated within the previous 12 months.
  • Programming of activities covering the period of your application. It must include the list of activities, their frequency, the number of hours per week, and the number of eligible participants.
  • Evaluation form on participants’ needs (if available).
  • Any other document relevant to the review of your application.

Submit an application

Applications must be submitted via the GSS by no later than March 31, 2023.

Use of the GSS platform

Applicants who have never used the application submission platform can view the following document for instructions:

Apply for financial support for a social development project

Contact us

Have questions concerning the program? Please write to us