Works in Canada

Home Works Works in Canada

An Active Presence in our Society

Faithful to their mission of compassion, the Sisters of Providence continue to respond to the needs of the elderly and destitute, the sick, youth, women, drug addicts and immigrants through community and individual ministry works, depending on community requirements at the time.

Today, Émilie-Gamelin Province works are focused in Montreal, Saint-Lin, Louiseville, Lanoraie, Chandler, Winooski (Vermont), Egypt and Haiti.

Works in Canada

In Canada, Émilie-Gamelin Province inherited specific works related to the Congregation’s charism.

Providence Residences

Providence residences are private residences for seniors. They offer a peaceful, harmonious, dynamic living environment tailored to residents’ needs. In addition, they provide services and programs that allow residents to live at their own pace, in a secure and affordable space.

Providence residences are managed by Phare Providence, a corporation created in 2010 by the Sisters of Providence. Phare Providence’s mission is to help support these works through a Board of Directors, and provide services and the necessary staff, while ensuring respect and compassion for the vulnerable clientele that the Province has agreed to serve. Members of the Board of Directors work in collaboration with members of the provincial council, to whom they are accountable.

Phare Providence manages three residences: Havre Providence, located in old Boucherville, Providence Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, located in NDG, and Providence Saint-Dominique, located on Plateau-Mont-Royal. The residences are designed to accommodate seniors who are independent or require light care.

Carrefour Providence

In January 2004, nursing, accommodation and other services provided at the Sisters of Providence’s Mother House were assigned to a corporation known as Carrefour Providence.

The Sisters of Providence’s Mother House is the welcome and service hub for the entire Providence religious family. Through its various programs and services, it promotes the principles of unity and solidarity, justice and compassion. These principles provide the backdrop for the evangelical message that they want to convey as the fundamental goal of their existence.

The main activities of Carrefour Providence are to administer:

  • the community home, namely the accommodation of the Sisters of Providence
  • the residence, namely the accommodation of sisters from other communities
  • the infirmary, known as Pavillon Providence, for long-term care and assistance.

CHSLD Providence Notre-Dame de Lourdes

The Centre d’hébergement et de soins de longue durée (CHSLD) Providence Notre-Dame de Lourdes is a private institution under agreement located in Montreal’s Hochelaga-Maisonneuve neighbourhood. It accommodates seniors experiencing a loss of independence.

The centre offers its residents a temporary or permanent alternative living environment. It provides health and social services, including pharmaceutical and nursing care, and psychosocial, rehabilitation, accommodation, support and supervision services.

CHSLD Providence–Saint-Joseph

The Sisters of Providence acquired the Centre d’hébergement de la Maison-Saint-Joseph in September 2011. Renamed CHSLD Providence–Saint-Joseph in January 2016, the centre is a private institution under agreement at the heart of Montreal’s Rosemont Petite-Patrie neighbourhood. It accommodates seniors experiencing a severe loss of independence.

The centre offers a living environment and services tailored to the needs of seniors, including medical, pharmaceutical, dietary, rehabilitation, recreational and pastoral needs. Through these services, the institution makes a concrete commitment to ensuring personal wellness and development.

Cartier Émilie

Founded in 1981 under the name Comptoir Gamelin at the Sisters of Providence’s Mother House, Cartier Émilie operates a thrift shop in support of newcomers and the economically vulnerable in Montreal’s Ahuntsic-Cartierville neighbourhood. Citizens’ donations are sorted and returned to the community free of charge or through low-price sales.

The organization also provides other types of support to youth and adults through community and compensatory work programs. Volunteers of all ages are involved in the community through internships and ad hoc projects.


Works Sponsored by Émilie-Gamelin Province

Émilie-Gamelin Province also sponsors works founded by the Sisters of Providence, but that are no longer administered by the community. Although they are managed by independent bodies, these works still benefit from the Congregation’s financial and administrative support.

  • Chez Émilie, an organization that offers support to poor people in Montreal’s Centre-Sud neighbourhood, and helps fight poverty and social exclusion
  • La Corbeille Bordeaux-Cartierville, which provides food assistance and a social and vocational integration program in response to the needs of the poor and newcomers to the neighbourhood
  • L’Escale Notre-Dame Inc., a treatment centre that welcomes young men aged 18 to 35 dealing with alcohol and substance abuse and other addictions
  • La Maison l’Exode, a rehabilitation and social reintegration centre for people with addiction issues
  • Répit Providence, an organization in Montreal’s Hochelaga-Maisonneuve neighbourhood that offers respite and accommodation for families in vulnerable situations and food assistance for their children

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