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Initiatives by topic[edit]

Cycling activism[edit]

Bixi Montreal - Vélo Québec, non-profit organization, which encourages the use of bicycles - whether for recreation, tourism or as a clean, active mode of transportation - in order to improve the environment, health and wellbeing of citizens.

Food activism[edit]

Le Potager enchanté, organic vegetable farm on a human scale

Open spaces[edit]

Les Amis du Champ des Possibles, Montreal


La Remise, Montreal

Towards sustainable economies[edit]

Worker-owned forestry enterprises in the North, paramedic coops and the sheer number of worker-owners place Québec in the company of other coop strongholds like the Basque region of Spain and Emilia-Romagna in Northern Italy. In fact, there are over 7,000 coops and nonprofit businesses in Quebec employing over 150,000 people and generating over $17 billion in sales. [1]

Chantier de l'économie sociale

The definition of Social Economy used by the Chantier de l'économie sociale in Quebec follows: The Social Economy is made up of association-based economic activities founded on values of:

  • Service to members or the community rather than only generating profits and seeking financial returns;
  • Autonomous management (not government controlled);
  • Democratic decision making;
  • Primacy of persons and work over capital;
  • Based on principles of participation, empowerment and individual and collective responsibility.

The Social Economy includes:

  • social assets (housing, childcare centres, etc.) of community organizations;
  • social enterprises including co- operatives and revenue-generating programs of non profit groups;
  • credit unions and social financing organizations like community loan funds;
  • training and skills development enterprises; and
  • sectoral and regional organizations e.g. renewal energy associations. W

News and comment[edit]


Meet Montréal’s New Wave of Activist Developers, May 30 [2]

What Quebec Can Teach Us About Creating a More Equitable Economy, Apr 11 [3]

Quebec's Vacant Church Buildings Resurrected as Community Spaces, Mar 14 [4]


Montréal's Blooming Social Economy Confronts Fiscal Pruning, September 21 [5]

People power: the secret to Montreal's success as a bike-friendly city, June 17 [6]


Community resources[edit]

Interwiki links[edit]

Wikipedia: Quebec, Quebec, Energy, Quebec, Environmental and energy policy

External links[edit]


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