Federal funds for the upgrade of the building of the Resilience Montreal organization
The REM under construction above of the Lachine Canal./Josie Desmarais/Metro
In order to make the facilities of the organization Résilience Montréal more energy efficient, the federal government announced, on Friday, funding of more than $3.8 million.
The work will allow the organization Résilience Montreal, which provides daily assistance and care to homeless Aboriginal people, to optimize the scope of its services while respecting Aboriginal values and traditions. Thanks to this project, Resilience Montreal will be able to help 150 homeless people every day.
“ Homelessness remains a reality in our major urban centres. This initiative responds to the call of our frontline health and public safety workers to provide important and culturally sensitive daytime services for those in need,” said, in a press release, the Honorable Marc  ;Garneau, MP for Notre-Dame-de-Grâce–Westmount.
The work includes repairing the roof, insulating the building, certain windows, stairs and emergency exits, as well as installing a sprinkler system. This work will reduce the building's greenhouse gas emissions by 93%.
“ We are excited to begin the healing process by developing an innovative space of support and empowerment for our community. Our clientele is made up of people who have experienced trauma, many of whom are first or second generation survivors of residential schools,” said David Chapman, Executive Director of Resilience Montreal.