About the Shawinigan Community
Shawinigan is a city located on the Saint-Maurice River in the Mauricie area in Quebec and has a population of 50,060 people. It's a small community, however, economic diversification is in the works and growing. The Pathways to Education program is located 163 km north-east of Montreal in one of the poorest areas in Quebec.
Recognizing the shared goal of fighting high school drop out rates and poverty, the Commission scolaire de l’Énergie and the Carrefour jeunesse-emploi de Shawinigan partnered with Pathways to Education in 2012 in order to implement its proven program. Shawinigan is now the second community in Quebec to offer the Pathways program. All local government bodies and representatives (including the mayor of Shawinigan, the Chamber of Commerce, and health and social services officials) agree that Shawinigan needs such a program and actively support the implementation of the Pathways program.
Finishing high school is a social priority for the region. In the province of Quebec, each of the 17 administrative regions has an IRC (Instance régionale de concertation) with a mandate to support school perseverance among students. Over several years, these organizations worked to develop neighbourhood profiles, identify initiatives and projects, build partnerships and mobilize communities.
The catchment area of the Shawinigan Pathways to Education program includes the Grand-Mère and central Shawinigan sectors, as well as St-Marc, Christ-Roy and the downtown neighbourhoods.
Carrefour jeunesse-emploi de Shawinigan
525, 3e Rue, C.P. 132, Shawinigan, Québec G9N 6T8
Pathways Program Director