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COVID - 19 | Montréal will contribute to Centraide's emergency fund intended for the most vulnerable people in Greater Montréal

24 mars 2020

Montréal, le 24 mars 2020 - Mayor Valérie Plante, with Lili-Anna Pere?a,president and executive director of Centraide of Greater Montréal,announced today that the city and certain boroughs will contribute to theemergency fund launched by Centraide. The fund will enable Centraide toquickly implement measures to help isolated and vulnerable people inGreater Montréal, who are even more so since lockdown measures wereintroduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The emergency fund will support, as a priority, both local and regionalresources that meet basic needs, such as food assistance. The fund willalso reinforce listening support and referral services. The city, as well asthe Ville-Marie borough, will contribute $150,000. The boroughs ofMercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Le Sud-Ouest, Ahuntsic-Cartierville,Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie, Le Plateau-Mont-Royal, Anjou andVilleray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension will each contribute $100,000.Outremont and Montréal-Nord will make a $40,000 contribution,respectively, Verdun, $35,000 and Lachine, $25,000. This brings the city'sfinancial contribution to $1,140,000, to date.

“Requests received by community organizations have really soared since thestart of the pandemic. These organizations play a fundamental role in meetingthe basic needs of the most vulnerable people, to reduce their isolation andimprove their quality of life. Centraide's emergency fund, to which the city andits boroughs will contribute, will enable the implementation of exceptional andflexible measures that can quickly be put in place. The fund will relieve thepressure on the community sector,” said Mayor Valérie Plante.

“I wish to sincerely thank Mayor Valérie Plante, the city, the boroughs, as wellas the staff for their generous contribution. With the amounts raised, we will beable to help eligible front line community organizations, not only those fundedby Centraide, offer essential services to those most in need. We have also puta mechanism in place to accelerate the distribution of 100% of emergency funddonations to organizations. Together, we will help the most vulnerable peopleto overcome the COVID-19 crisis,” said Lili-Anna Pere?a, president andexecutive director of Centraide of Greater Montréal.

Note that city employees are currently assisting community organizations on avolunteer basis. They have also been asked to make a donation to Centraide'semergency fund.

For more information on the measures put in place by the city in response toCOVID-19, please visit

To contribute to Centraide's emergency fund, Montrealers are invited to go to or text 80100, and type COVID.