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The Foundation of Greater Montréal rolls out its 2020 Vital Signs of Greater Montréal report



Montréal, June 9, 2020 – To mark its 20th anniversary, and in conjunction with a virtual conference organized by the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montréal, the Foundation of Greater Montréal (FGM) today launched a special edition of its Vital Signs of Greater Montréal series of reports. The report, produced this year by the Institut du Québec, paints a portrait of 20 years of evolution (2000-2019) in the life of Greater Montréal, using the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework for analysis. At a time when the COVID-19 crisis has brought to light several urgent social needs, this report gives us an in-depth perspective on the strengths and weaknesses of the Greater Montréal community, and on the challenges is it going to have to meet in the coming years.

"There are several key conclusions we can draw from this new edition of the Vital Signs," stated FGM's President and CEO, Yvan Gauthier. "One of the most significant, certainly, is Greater Montréal’s impressive economic recovery over the last few years, which, among other things, pushed the unemployment rate to its lowest level in decades. Major investments have been made in our public infrastructure, especially in transportation and in hospitals."

"On the other hand, if we look at Montréal’s evolution through the prism of the Sustainable Development Goals, we see that this economic growth has unfortunately not allowed us to alleviate the significant social problems in our community in any major way, for example those that stem from food insecurity, poverty, housing, violence against women, or the school dropout rate in vulnerable neighbourhoods. We haven’t been able to bring about the social transformation needed to build the resilience that we lack today, in this time of crisis. There has been some progress, but there’s still a lot left to do in terms of supporting the most vulnerable populations ― the ones that, right now, are hardest hit by the impacts of COVID-19," Mr. Gauthier added.

The Vital Signs of Greater Montréal report series, which FGM has been producing since 2006, aims to draw attention to the most important issues facing Montréal, so that its population is better informed about the state of the community, which in turn will help in working towards a more resilient society. "That is also the thrust of the second part of the report, in which we’ve asked future leaders of our community – who in their own way are working to achieve the SDGs in their respective sectors – to give us their perspectives on the decade to come," concluded the FGM’s President and CEO.

The Foundation would like to thank all of its partners, the members of the Vital Signs strategic committee, and the Institut du Québec for their contributions. "The Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation is very proud to have supported the production of Vital Signs of Greater Montréal 2020. It’s a document that is going to be vital in stimulating discussion on issues and priorities we have in common not only with FGM and other charitable organizations, but with the entire community," stated its president, Jean-Marc Chouinard.

The 2020 Vital Signs of Greater Montréal report is available on FGM’s website at fgmtl.org/en/signesvitaux, and the key findings are gathered in this document. You can also watch this overview of the 2020 Vital Signs report process and main conclusions, or the complete speech and discussion of June 9, with Mr. Gauthier (in French).
 
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Source : Foundation of Greater Montréal
For more information : Simon Delorme, Project Manager for Communications -
(514) 866-0808 local 107, simon.delorme@fgmtl.org

About the Foundation of Greater Montréal
The Foundation of Greater Montréal (FGM) helps individuals, families and organizations to get involved and support their community by creating funds for selected causes in all sectors. In addition to publishing the Vital Signs of Greater Montréal report, FGM manages the assets of over 650 funds, guides donors and supports community organizations. A member of the Community Foundations of Canada, a network of 191 community foundations, FGM encourages philanthropy as a major driver for well-being in Greater Montréal.