Montreal – Lachine

About the Lachine Community

Located in South-West Montreal, along Lake St. Louis just west of downtown, Lachine was founded in 1667 and is home to one of Montreal's first three parishes. In this historical community bordering the St. Lawrence River, you’ll find the Lachine rapids, the Lachine Canal (built to allow navigation of the rapids), and a museum where you can learn about the history of the fur trade.  Today, Remembrance Highway (Highway 20) divides the area into its two distinct sectors. West Lachine, a more well-to-do neighbourhood, and East Lachine, a disadvantaged area that includes the enclosed Duff-Court neighbourhood, home to Pathways Lachine. The borough is 20 km2 with a population of 41,000.

Duff-Court is the second largest low-rent housing complex in Quebec. Composed of buildings with 8-16 units, the complex has over 400 homes. These low-rent housing units are surrounded by private apartment buildings that represent an additional 400 homes. Duff-Court is one of the most vulnerable areas in Montreal.

In nearly a third of the Lachine homes, over 30 per cent of tenants’ income goes to paying rent. The majority of the households are single-parent families, with 25 per cent of the families headed by single fathers.

Why Duff-Court?

In addition to being an enclosed and strongly disadvantaged neighbourhood, only 20 per cent of the youth from the area obtain vocational training five years after they enter high school. For students from the Paul-Jarry elementary school (Duff-Court), the dropout rate at the Dalbé-Viau high school was nearly 95 per cent in 2011-2012.

Pathways to Education in Lachine

In April of 2014, a partnership was formed between Carrefour jeunesse-emploi de Marquette, the Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys, the Réseau Réussite Montréal, and Pathways to Education with the goal of offering the Program to young students in the Duff-Court area. The Pathways Lachine partnership constitutes the seventh site in Quebec and the first that is fully funded by the community.

Carrefour jeunesse-emploi de Marquette is a leading organization in its community that offers several innovative programs adapted to the evolving needs of young adults. Since it opened in 1997, the CJE de Marquette implemented a number of projects, such as Passage primaire secondaire, Raccrochage scolaire, Rabaska, Projets d’entrepreneuriat jeunesse, Équi T-É, etc.

Host Agency:

Carrefour jeunesse-emploi de Marquette

735, rue Notre-Dame, Lachine (Québec) H8S 2B5

CJE, General Manager: Yves Picard

Pathways to Education, Program Director: Luc Mantha

Catchment Area: Eligible students must live between Highway 20 and Victoria Street and between the 10th and 24th Avenues.

*Students must be attending a CSMB school.