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Innergex: Project Development is Accelerating

  • Revenues up 4% to $150.5 million in Q2 2020 compared with Q2 2019.
  • Revenues Proportionate up 9% to $192.0 million in Q2 2020 compared with Q2 2019.
  • Adjusted EBITDA stable at $105.3 million in Q2 2020 compared with Q2 2019.
  • Adjusted EBITDA Proportionate up 10% to $140.0 million in Q2 2020 compared with Q2 2019.
  • On May 14, 2020, Innergex completed the acquisition of a 68 MW solar farm in Chile.
  • On July 15, 2020, Innergex completed the acquisition of six wind farms in Idaho, United States totalling 138 MW.
  • Eight projects at an advanced development stage, including the new 225.6 MW wind project in Texas and a stand-alone 9 MWh battery storage project in France.

LONGUEUIL, Quebec, August 4, 2020 – Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. (TSX: INE) (“Innergex” or the “Corporation”) today released its operating and financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2020. The recent commissionings in the wind and solar segments contributed to posting increased results this quarter compared to the same period last year, despite the curtailment imposed by BC Hydro in the hydroelectric power generation segment.

“Along with the continued construction of Hillcrest and the good news that work resumed at Innavik, the past months were also very exciting in terms of development, with significant progress for our prospective and development projects,” said Michel Letellier, President and Chief executive Officer of Innergex. “We made huge strides with our Griffin Trail wind project in Texas following the extension of the Production Tax Credit program. We also qualified two new solar and battery projects in the second Hawaii RFP, and we are rapidly progressing with multiple other promising projects in the Northeast and other parts of the United States. Our development efforts in France are beginning to pay off with the construction of the Yonne II wind farm, the development of our first stand-alone battery storage project and the advancement of other prospective projects. We are very optimistic for our future, which will combine our own development efforts with strategic acquisitions that will further solidify our balanced portfolio of assets. We recently completed two acquisitions that should have a positive impact on cash available for distribution and reduce pressure on our payout ratio.”

Update on COVID-19

Innergex took numerous measures to protect employees, suppliers and business partners from COVID-19.

Power production activities have continued in all segments as they have been deemed essential service in every region where we operate.

BC Hydro sent curtailment notices for some hydro facilities for the period from May 22, 2020 and to July 20, 2020. BC Hydro cites the current COVID-19 pandemic and related governmental measures taken in response to it as constituting a “force majeure” event under the electricity purchase agreements (“EPAs”), and resulting in a situation in which BC Hydro is unable to accept or purchase energy under the EPAs. Innergex disputes that the current pandemic and related governmental measures in any way prevent BC Hydro from fulfilling its obligations to accept and purchase energy under the EPAs or enable it to invoke “force majeure” provisions under the EPAs to suspend these obligations. Innergex complied with BC Hydro’s curtailment request, but did so under protest and will seek to enforce its rights under the EPAs.

Our renewable power production is sold mainly through power purchase agreements, which include sufficient protection to prevent for material reduction in demand, to solid counterparts and no credit issues are anticipated. As such, we do not intend to make any changes to our workforce and we intend to maintain salaries and benefits.

Construction activities at our Hillcrest solar project continued without interruption while construction activities for the Innavik hydro project and Yonne II wind project have resumed in July 2020.

Support to Surrounding Communities

To support communities surrounding our facilities and projects in all segments, the Corporation launched the “Time for Solidarity” campaign in March 2020.

The Corporation distributed $255,000 in total to local charities such as food banks, women shelters and relief organizations to alleviate the effects of the COVID-19 crisis. Employees were also invited to make personal donations to these charities and proudly raised $37,225. Such relief organizations included Centraide United Way, Ressort Gaspésie-Iles-de-la-Madeleine, BC First Nations Health Authority, BC Society of Transition Houses, Women in Need, BCAAFC – British Columbia Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres, Moisson Montréal and Regroupement des centres d’amitié autochtones du Québec in Canada, the Wichita Falls Feeding America Food Bank, United Way and Hope Emergency Services in the United States, Restos du Coeur in France, and Red de Alimentos and Banco de Alimentos Bìobìo Solidario in Chile.


The figures presented in this press release are for the continuing operations unless otherwise indicated.

Free Cash Flow and Payout Ratio

The following table summarizes elements to add or subtract to derive a normalized Free Cash Flow and Payout Ratio:

Trailing twelve months ended June 30, 2020

(in millions of Canadian dollars) Free Cash Flow Dividends Payout Ratio
Free Cash Flow and Payout Ratio 74 111 150 %
Add (subtract) the following items:
BC Hydro curtailment 11
Timing of interest payments 13
Decrease in corporate revolving facilities interest payment (5)
Hydro-Québec additional dividend (13)
Free Cash Flow and Payout Ratio – Normalized 93 98 105 %

The Corporation considers the $73.8 million Free Cash Flow not to represent the current cash-generating capacity of its operations.

For the trailing twelve months ended June 30, 2020, the dividends on common shares declared by the Corporation amounted to 150% of Free Cash Flow, compared with 79% for the corresponding period last year. When normalizing for unfavourable one-off or non-recurrent items and timing of certain interest payments, the Corporation estimates its Payout Ratio to be 105% of its generated Free Cash Flow. These items include an unfavourable impact on the Adjusted EBITDA Proportionate stemming from the BC Hydro imposed curtailment during 2020, the timing of certain project loan interest payments which resulted in the Corporation having made 5 quarterly payments during the trailing four quarters, and an increase in quarterly dividends mainly related to the issuance of 34,636,823 common shares to Hydro-Québec under the private placement, while a large portion of the funds have yet to be invested in cash generating projects, or have been used towards recent acquisitions whose contributions to the Corporation’s Free Cash Flow has not yet fully materialized. These items were partly offset by a concurrent decrease in the corporate revolving facilities interest expense related to the private placement by Hydro-Québec.

For the trailing twelve months ended June 30, 2020, the Corporation generated Free Cash Flow of $73.8 million, compared with $115.7 million for the corresponding period last year. The unfavourable variance in Free Cash Flow is due mainly to a decrease in Free Cash Flow attributable to discontinued operations, including the recovery of maintenance capital expenditures, following the sale of HS Orka in the second quarter of 2019, an unfavourable impact to Adjusted EBITDA Proportionate stemming from the BC Hydro imposed curtailment during 2020, timing of certain project loan interest payments which resulted in the Corporation having made 5 quarterly payments during the trailing four quarters and lower generation due to unfavourable weather conditions. These items were partly offset by the Free Cash Flow contribution of recently acquired and commissioned projects and lower interest payment on the corporate revolving facilities concurrent with the Hydro-Québec Private Placement.

On a forward-looking basis, when taking into account a full-year contribution of the two recently announced acquisitions, the full effect of the annualized dividend following the Hydro-Québec Private Placement and adding back the above described normalized items, the Corporation anticipates the Payout Ratio for the next twelve months to be around 100%.

“Considering the current outlook of the Corporation and the additional cash-generating capacity to be unlocked from our growth strategy combining acquisitions and project development using the untapped funds from the private placement of Hydro-Québec and current excess cash capacity, we are confident to attain a Payout Ratio below 100% in a near future,” said Michel Letellier.

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Kanesatake confirms its first 5 cases of COVID-19 – CBC

‘We’re hoping people understand this pandemic hasn’t gone away,’ says Robert Bonspiel

Aug 04, 2020

Six months into the coronavirus pandemic in Canada, Kanesatake’s Emergency Response Unit (ERU) announced its first confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Mohawk community northwest of Montreal this week.

On Saturday, ERU spokesperson Robert Bonspiel announced over Facebook live that Quebec public health officials had informed the ERU that two residents tested positive. Three more cases have since been confirmed for a total of five active cases.

“We want people to take this message seriously,” Bonspiel told CBC News.

“We want people to wash their hands; we want people to wear masks; we want people to not gather.”

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Phoenix sophomore wants to inspire future Indigenous hockey players – Sherbrooke Record

Israel Mianscum was left speechless last week when he watched Edmonton Oilers defenseman Ethan Bear sporting a name bar in Cree syllabics during a National Hockey League (NHL) exhibition game.

“It meant a lot to see him on a stage like that, especially that there aren’t many Cree players in the NHL and to just wear his name and represent who he is, words can’t describe what it meant to me,” Mianscum said in a phone interview with The Record.

The 17-year-old plays for the Sherbrooke Phoenix in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The Phoenix selected him 10th overall in the QMJHL draft in 2019. The young forward is also born and raised in Mistissini, a Cree community of around 4,000 people.

“Growing up it’s really hard to play hockey here because you’re so limited from everything and like just to lead the way and doing that was just amazing to see,” he said, adding that it was a positive step forward for hockey in general.

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First Nations Health Managers Association (FNHMA) Releases Pandemic Planning Tool For First Nations

August 4, 2020 For Immediate Release


Ottawa, ON

The First Nations Health Managers Association (FNHMA) is pleased to announce the Pandemic Planning Tool for First Nations Communities. This tool is available to all First Nations communities, free of charge, to help create their own personalized pandemic plan efficiently and effectively.

COVID-19 has caused much stress and anxiety for First Nations health managers. At FNHMA, we are dedicated to supporting the work that all First Nations health managers do in their communities, especially during this unprecedented and difficult time. The creation of the Pandemic Planning Tool for First Nations Communities would not have been possible without the input and support from so many different First Nations health organizations and the Assembly of First Nations (AFN)” Marion Crowe, CEO, FNHMA.

COVID-19 has caused much uncertainty about how everyone can help protect our communities from contagious and infectious diseases now and in the future. FNHMA hopes that this new tool will help First Nations communities plan their pandemic responses.

The Pandemic Planning Tool for First Nations Communities includes the essentials of developing a Community Pandemic Plan and can complement what communities may already have in place. The tool is based on the belief that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. That is why this tool focuses on identifying risks and planning to avoid or mitigate them.

A Community Pandemic Plan is usually part of an overall Community Emergency Plan, and as such, supports a more coordinated approach.

The Pandemic Planning Tool for First Nations Communities is available for download on the FNHMA website at

This tool will serve health directors, program managers and community health representatives alike; not only to enhance their knowledge, but to hone their skills and abilities, as well as to help them continue to drive change and build healthier communities.

Get your copy today!


For more information, please contact: Kelsey Thompson
FNHMA Executive Coordinator
Tel: (343) 961-5620


Government of Canada announces investment in women’s organizations in the Outaouais region

From: Women and Gender Equality Canada

August 3, 2020 – Gatineau, Quebec – Women and Gender Equality Canada

Women’s organizations provide vital services in our communities, supporting women and girls to be financially secure, free from violence, and able to fully participate in all aspects of our economy and society. Yet for far too long they have been chronically underfunded, underestimated and undermined.

That’s why today, the parliamentary secretaries to the Minister of Seniors and to the President of the Treasury Board and to the Minister of Digital Government, and Members of Parliament for Argenteuil—La Petite-Nation and for Hull—Aylmer, Stéphane Lauzon et Greg Fergus, on behalf of the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development, announced an investment of $259,256 for two projects supporting women and girls in the Outaouais region.

Both projects are addressing the capacity needs of the organizations receiving funding, and are helping them to continue to promote social and systemic changes towards gender equality:

  • The Maison d’Hébergement Pour Elles Des Deux Vallées in the Vallée-de-la-Lièvre and Petite-Nation region received $46,112 to enhance their organizational capacity, specifically in the areas of human resources management, strategic planning and diversification of funding sources; and
  • Accompagnement des femmes immigrantes de l’Outaouais (AFIO) in Gatineau received $213,144 to enhance their organizational capacity, to support human resources management, board governance, partnership development, collaboration and networking, as well as develop an advocacy strategy, and support the application of Gender-Based Analysis Plus.

These are among the more than 250 women’s organizations and Indigenous organizations serving women across Canada receiving funding under Women and Gender Equality Canada’s Capacity-building Fund. This investment stems from the Budget 2018 announcement of $100 million over five years to support a viable and sustainable women’s movement across the country.


“Survivors of domestic violence deserve not only to be protected, but also to be able to develop and reach their full potential. I am pleased to make this announcement today, as this investment from the Government of Canada enables the Maison d’Hébergement Pour Elles Des Deux Vallées to pilot a project to support victims of gender-based violence in the Outaouais region.”

Stéphane Lauzon
Member of Parliament for Argenteuil—La Petite-Nation

“I am proud that the Government of Canada is supporting organizations that are working hard to empower women and to ensure that their rights and interests are respected. The organization Accompagnement des femmes immigrantes de l’Outaouais is receiving funding today because it is standing out for its dynamism and for its dedication towards gender equality. The funding for this project is making a real difference in the lives of immigrant women in the Outaouais region.”

Greg Fergus
Member of Parliament for Hull—Aylmer

“The Maison d’Hébergement Pour Elles Des Deux Vallées is greatly appreciative for this federal funding, which is allowing us to improve our ability to safely and effectively deliver our services and continue to offer safe housing focused on the unconditional acceptance of women and children who are escaping domestic violence in the Vallée-de-la-Lièvre and Petite-Nation region.”

Annick Brazeau, Director

Maison d’Hébergement Pour Elles Des Deux Vallées

Accompagnement des femmes immigrantes de l’Outaouais is proud to receive this funding from the Government of Canada. Greater organizational capacity allows us to continue to better meet the needs of newcomer women in the Outaouais and to ensure that even more of them feel at home and at ease.”

Bettyna Bélizaire, Executive Director

Accompagnement des femmes immigrantes de l’Outaouais (AFIO)

Quick facts

  • As part of the COVID-19 response, the Government of Canada is investing $350 million in the Emergency Community Support Fund to support charities and non-profit organizations requiring financial assistance to address the pandemic.
  • As part of the COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, $50 million was allocated to support organizations providing services to women and their families fleeing violence, $40 million of which was allocated by Women and Gender Equality Canada. Through the first phase of this funding, $30 million was directly delivered to nearly 700 women’s shelters and organizations serving survivors of sexual assault. Through the second phase, the remaining $10 million is being distributed to other organizations that provide important services to those experiencing gender-based violence. Through both phases of this funding, the federal government is supporting nearly 1000 organizations across the country.
  • Budget 2018 announced $100 million over five years to support a viable and sustainable women’s movement across Canada. Adding to this historic investment, Budget 2019 invested a further $160 million over five years, starting in 2019–20, in Women and Gender Equality Canada’s Women’s Program. This means that in 2023–24, the Women’s Program, which supports eligible organizations to carry out projects to advance equality by addressing systemic barriers, will total $100 million.
  • This funding will enable women’s organizations and Indigenous organizations serving women to tackle systemic barriers impeding women’s progress, while recognizing and addressing the diverse experiences of gender and inequality across the country.

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Marie-Pier Baril
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development

Media Relations
Women and Gender Equality Canada


Bonterra Receives Approval and Plans to Increase the Bulk Sample at Moroy

Val-d’Or, QC – July 30, 2020: Bonterra Resources Inc. (TSX-V: BTR, OTCQX: BONXF, FSE: 9BR2) (the “Company” or “Bonterra”) is pleased to announce an increase of 5,000 tonnes to its now 10,000 tonnes bulk sample currently underway at the Moroy Project.

In December 2019, the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources (“MERN”) gave approval to extract 5,000 tonnes of mineralized material from the Moroy zone. This week, the MERN authorized an additional 5,000 tonnes, bringing the total to 10,000 tonnes to be extracted in the Moroy zone bulk sample program. Bonterra requested this increase following initial long-hole drilling results indicating the mineralized zone was thicker than initially expected.

The bulk sample program at the Moroy project is being undertaken in order to verify the grade continuity within the mineralized structure and reconcile the resource grade to the recovered ounces following processing.

The bulk sample is focused on the M1 shear zone on level 11, 440 metres (“m”) below surface. The plan is to mine the zone from an existing exploration drift starting from the Bachelor shaft 900 m to the north of the Moroy zone. The M1 structure is sub-vertical and the company plans to extract it via a sub-level long-hole stoping method at 15 m intervals.

The company began the bulk sample program in January with long-hole drilling. Drilling was underway when Bonterra ceased all activities due to the advent of the Covid-19 global pandemic. Work officially resumed on July 15th, with blasting set to begin in the next few days. The broken material will be transported on level 11 to the Bachelor shaft. Once at surface, the mineralized material will be processed onsite at the Bachelor mill under the supervision of a third-party engineering firm. The results of the completed bulk sample program are expected to be announced in Q4 2020.

Qualified Person

Pascal Hamelin, P.Eng. Interim CEO, has approved the information contained in this release. Mr. Hamelin is a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI-43-101”).


Pascal Hamelin, Interim CEO and VP Operations

2872 Sullivan Road, Suite 2, Val d’Or, Quebec J9P 0B9
819-825-8676 | Website:


Chief Darcy Responds to Mini Bubble

July 30, 2020

The Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government is encouraged with the outcome of discussions held between Premier Blaine Higgs and Chief Darcy Gray. Effective August 1, 2020, Listuguj community members and residents will once again be able to reunite with their families, access affordable food options, and access our traditional and ancestral lands.

“Regaining access is a positive first step. I’m happy with the outcome of the discussions held between myself, the Premier and his office over the course of the past few weeks. I’m optimistic that moving forward our governments will continue to work collaboratively on issues that adversely impact Listugujewaq, including access to our traditional and ancestral lands,” says Chief Darcy Gray.

From the outset, our government has been committed to doing things differently. Communications, relationship building and open dialogue is our foundation. We look forward to working collaboratively with the rest of the region, and are encouraged by the dialogue and efforts already happening to ensure a safe transition for our students attending Sugarloaf Senior High School in the Fall.

For more details, please contact:

Hilary Barnaby

Communications Manager


LMG: LETE Sneaker and School Supplies Notice

2020-2021 Sneaker and School Supplies
Reimbursement Program

The Listuguj Education Directorate Sneaker and School Supplies Reimbursement Program will begin on Tuesday, August 4th and will end on Wednesday, September 30, 2020.

Because of Covid 19 and the restrictions put in place, we will be not issuing vouchers, instead reimbursements will be made for purchases. AGS students will be reimbursed for sneakers only. Students in Provincial schools will be reimbursed for both.

The criteria for eligible students remain the same. Students must be enrolled in elementary or secondary schools full time, reside in Listuguj and be listed on the schools Confirmation of Enrollment (Nominal Roll). Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) requires that all students’ files include an updated report card and if required, an updated valid ID (medicare, birth certificate, status card or drivers license). Students attending Provincial schools who have not provided report cards or updated ID’s are still required do so.

The Reimbursement form can be found on the LMG website here and at the Education Complex. You can scan and email your receipts to Should you prefer to bring in your receipts, call the front desk to make an appointment.

Once the required receipts and documents are received, cheques will be issued and mailed. Take note that we reserve the right to disallow items that are not considered as school supplies. The chart below shows the maximum amount that will be reimbursed based on child’s grade.



These procedures shall be reviewed annually and may be amended from time to time.
The amendments shall be approved by the Director of Education.

Reimbursement form:

Click here to download the reimbursement form


Start of the school year in Nunavik and measures that apply to school board employees traveling to Nunavik for work purposes

As of July 22, 2020, Nunavik is COVID-19 free. However, the situation and applicable public health guidelines may evolve rapidly.

With the objective of reducing to a maximum the risks of spreading the COVID-19 infection to Nunavik, the school board has planned a gradual start of the school year in the youth and adult sectors that will be spread over 4 weeks.

The reopening of schools and adult education centres entails the movement of an important number of employees. Over the past weeks, Kativik Ilisarniliriniq has planned these operations carefully with the goal of ensuring the protection of Nunavimmiut.

The school board is requiring all its employees traveling to Nunavik to quarantine upon arrival in the community where they will be working. For the start of the school year, the arrival of employees in Nunavik has been spread out over 4 weeks. The travel dates have been adjusted to accommodate the pre-departure COVID-19 test measures announced by the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services on July 17, 2020.

Dates for the start of the school year in Nunavik

The reopening of schools and adult education centres, schedules and size of classes has been planned by each school and centre taking into consideration their local realities, building, number of students and directives from the:

  • Nunavik authorities
  • Quebec Ministry of Education (MEES)
  • Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST).

Communications from the school board will follow in August, detailing the specific health and safety measures that will apply at schools and adult education centres.

In this context, the start of the school year in the youth sector will follow this calendar:

  • Schools will open gradually to students starting on August 31 until September 14.
  • The grade levels reopening first will vary from school to school, depending on how each school planned the arrival of its teachers.
  • Parents have to listen to the local FM radio and check their school’s Facebook page for information on which grade starts when and what type of schedule will apply.
  • By September 14 all grades in the youth sector will have started the school year.
  • Note that due to school renovation currently in progress, the start of the school year will be delayed in the communities of Quaqtaq, Kangiqsujuaq and Salluit (Ikusik School). Interim solutions are currently being developed for students in these communities.

In the adult sector, the start of the school year will follow this calendar:

  • Adult Education Centers and Residences will open gradually to students starting on August 31.
  • Students enrolled in a program offered by their local adult education centre communities will be informed of the exact start date of their courses by August 24.
  • Students enrolled in a program offered by an adult education centre from another community will informed of their courses start date prior to traveling from their home village.

Health and safety measures that apply to Kativik Ilisarniliriniq employees traveling to Nunavik

Here is a summary of measures that apply to employees of the school board traveling to Nunavik for work purposes as of July 22, 2020:

  • With the objective of reducing to a maximum the risks of spreading the COVID-19 infection to Nunavik, the school board has planned a start of the school year in the youth and adult sectors that will be spread out over 4 weeks.
  • Each week during the month of August, a small group of employees will arrive in Nunavik communities.
  • There will be 4 groups in total, arriving between August 1 and August 29, 2020.
  • On a weekly basis during August, there will be an average of 8 individuals (employees, spouse and relatives) at a time arriving in each of the 14 Nunavik communities. In the three larger Nunavik communities some of these group may reach up to 25 individuals.
  • In order to be authorized by the school board to travel, and until further notice, all employees of the school board are requested to comply with the public health measures detailed below.

Pre-departure COVID-19 test and negative test result

  • The school board is organizing pre-departure testing for all its employees and their dependants (spouse and children).
  • After being tested for COVID-19, employees will be lodged by the school board at facilities where they will quarantine until they receive their test result.
  • Employees must have tested negative for COVID-19 in order to be authorized to board the plane. The COVID-19 test must be conducted 96-hours or less prior to departure.

Travel to Nunavik

  • Wearing a facemask at all time during travel to Nunavik is mandatory, including for example in taxi, car, truck or bus, at the airport(s), on the plane and during transit to the assigned Nunavik residence.

Arrival in Nunavik communities

  • Safety measures will be in place to avoid unprotected contacts with members of the community upon arrival and transit to staff residences.

14-day quarantine

  • A 14-day quarantine upon arrival in Nunavik is mandatory for all employees of the school board. At the moment, the school board does not endorse the option of pre-departure quarantine for any of its employees, nor does it endorse a quarantine period split between Nunavik and locations outside Nunavik.
  • During quarantine, employees must stay home at all time.
  • During quarantine employees are only allowed to go outdoors to take health walks. During these walks, they can only be accompanied by family members that are quarantined with them. Contacts with members of the community are forbidden at all time. The school board strongly suggests that you wear a facemask during your health walks, so as to send a clear message to local residents. Social distancing is mandatory at all time during health walks (2 meters).

After quarantine while living in the community

  • Employees must wear a facemask in all indoor public places. Since July 18, 2020, wearing a facemask in all indoor public spaces is mandatory in Quebec. This applies in Nunavik.

About COVID-19

COVID-19 causes respiratory infections with symptoms of fever, cough and breathing difficulties. Kativik Ilisarniliriniq takes the situation linked to this disease very seriously. Government authorities, including the Direction de santé publique and the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services are providing the school board with all the advice and directives to deal with this virus.

Infection prevention reminder

Every individual has their part to play to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

The health recommendations below are provided by the Quebec government.

Get provincial public health updates here.

Get Nunavik public health updates here.


Old Brewery Mission: Matthew Pearce announces retirement and passes reins to James Hughes

Today, our President and CEO Matthew Pearce announced his plans to retire in September 2020 after nearly 13 years at the helm of the Mission, one of Canada’s foremost non-profit organizations on the frontline of homelessness.

Vision, Leadership and Innovation

“Since 2008, Matthew has led the Old Brewery Mission through a period of significant growth and phenomenal transformation that have inspired other organizations to adopt the Mission’s approaches to end chronic homelessness. We are all deeply grateful to Matthew for his vision, leadership, and innovative achievements and he will be missed,” said the Chair of our Board, Eric Maldoff. “Matthew, who was recently awarded Canada’s Meritorious Service Cross, leaves an impressive legacy not only on the Old Brewery Mission, but on the homeless-serving sector as a whole. He will be passing the reins over to James Hughes, who was the Mission’s Director General from 2004 until 2008,” he added.

During Matthew’s tenure, the Mission has undergone fundamental changes that include:

  • Establishing new supportive housing models and programs adapted to the needs of specific populations, e.g. Sentinels program aimed at homeless veterans—leading to increased access to permanent, affordable housing options for people experiencing homelessness.
  • Investing in the creation of a Research Department in partnership with McGill University—the first and only one of its kind in Canada—to gain greater knowledge of the root causes of homelessness, collect and share data and champion evidenced-based decision-making.
  • Opening a triage and diversion centre for first-time shelter arrivals to shorten their homelessness experience and ensure they are adequately housed and reintegrated into the community.
  • Transforming the emergency shelter into a 24/7 resource centre, allowing residents to remain onsite and fully connected to counselling staff and services that aim to help them permanently get off the street.
  • Creating multi-sector partnerships with other major homeless organizations in Montreal, the CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal, Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM), the City of Montreal, and the Service de police de Montréal—to name a few—with the goal of improving outcomes for homeless men and women through collaborative, coordinated action. Discussions held many years ago ultimately led to the opening of such services as the winter overflow unit at the old Royal-Victoria Hospital.
  • Developing innovative mental health programs in partnership with the public sector, for which Matthew received the 2017 Ella Amir Award for Innovations in Mental Health.

Steering Toward the End of Homelessness

For Matthew, the decision to retire was a bittersweet one. “I will leave the Old Brewery Mission filled with immense appreciation to have worked with an exceptional group of committed and talented professionals, both within the Mission’s walls and throughout the homeless-serving sector in Canada, on a common goal to prevent and end chronic homelessness in our lifetime. This experience has been the highlight of my career.  I’ll remember with much gratitude and admiration my time with my colleagues, our generous donors as well as the many people who have come to our doors,” he said.

James Hughes, who edited the book Beyond Shelters: Solutions to Homelessness in Canada from the Front Lines, as well as other publications centered on poverty, social inclusion and Indigenous affairs, says he is honoured to have been chosen to take the helm. “I’ve been so impressed with how the Old Brewery Mission has evolved over the last decade as a key player at the forefront of ending chronic homelessness in Canada. We will continue to challenge the status quo and work with others to find sustainable solutions to this social problem,” said James. ”I look forward to hitting the ground running and working with our teams, our donors and partners to build a more inclusive society where everyone has a place to call home.”

Eric Maldoff adds that the choice to offer James the opportunity to succeed Matthew and lead the Mission’s next phase of evolution was a natural one. “Under his watch as Director General, James planted the seeds for the Mission’s current focus on reducing homelessness permanently through long-term solutions. He has an impeccable reputation for championing social inclusion and helping to reduce poverty and end chronic homelessness in Canada. We are excited to see what this next phase will bring.”

As our leadership changes, the journey to ending homelessness continues. We look forward to you joining us in it!


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