2019 Community Initiatives Program

2019 Community Initiatives Program

Application dates: From December 4, 2018 to January 29, 2019

Grants up to $15 000

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) served as a research framework for the special edition of Vital Signs 2017 report, dedicated to children and published by the Foundation of Greater Montréal. The SDGs aim to set a global agenda for development that is both equitable and sustainable socially, economically and environmentally.

The FGM intends to act locally on the major issues of Greater Montréal identified by the SDGs by focusing on the following objectives:
The FGM aims to support activities related to food security
  • In Montréal, 11% of households are challenged by “moderate or serious” food uncertainty — meaning the quality or quantity of the food they consume is compromised, primarily because of a shortage of money. This percentage is higher than the 8% observed across Québec and in the rest of Canada.
  • In Montréal as in Québec and the rest of Canada, more than one third of those who rely on food banks are young people under the age of 18.
  • 46% of Montréal high school students do not have breakfast before going to class, as compared to 38% across Québec.
The FGM aims to support activities related to children's mental health and especially anxiety
  • Among youths aged 15-19, 14% of boys and 25% of girls expressed feeling a high level of stress in their daily lives, according to a study conducted by Statistics Canada in 2013-14.
  • In Montréal, 77% of 12–19-year-olds rated their mental health as «very good» or «excellent». This percentage was higher than in Toronto (72%) and in Vancouver (69%). A higher proportion of boys than girls (82% vs. 72%) said their mental health was “very good” or “excellent”.
The FGM aims to support activities that promote academic success
  • The graduation rates among young people in Montréal who started high school in 2008 totalled 73% six years after entering school, compared to 75% across the province.
  • Five years after entering high school, the graduation rate drops to 66% in Québec and 61% in Montréal. These rates are significantly inferior to the rate in Ontario (85%) and those posted in Toronto District School Board schools in 2015.
  • The graduation rate among students deemed to be handicapped and those with social maladjustments or learning difficulties is markedly below that of “normal” students.
  • The dropout rate among public high school students in Montréal declined by 4.2 percentage points between 2008-09 and 2012-13 to reach 20.8% ; nevertheless, it remains higher than the 17.8% average rate observed across Québec.
  • Montréal young girls are more affected by school dropout than those of the rest of Québec.
The FGM aims to support activities promoting a healthy environment
  • Between 2015 and 2016, the number of days with poor air quality declined by 60% in Montréal, dropping from 64 to 29 days.
  • In children, exposure to tobacco smoke accounted for 13% of the prevalence of lifetime asthma, 7% of the prevalence of respiratory infections and 6% of the prevalence of seasonal rhinitis (or hay fever).
  • About 40% 90% of Montréal’s children live in an area whose focal point is less than one kilometer away from a sports or leisure infrastructure.
  • Montréal schools stand apart for their proximity to bicycle paths and for the pedestrian-friendliness of the city’s districts.
The FGM aims to support activities that promote inclusion and non-violence
  • Within the census metropolitan area of Montréal, 1,852 cases of domestic violence involving individuals under the age of 18 were reported to police in 2015, representing a rate of 282 cases per 100,000 among girls and 199 cases per 100,000 among boys.
    These rates are among the highest when comparing Montréal to other metropolitan regions in Canada.
  • According to the 2010–2011 Québec Health Survey of High School Students, 40% of high school students in Montréal declared they had been a victim of at least one form of violence either at school, on the way to school or through cyber bullying (compared to 36% in ).
  • Boys reported higher numbers of interpersonal violence than girls (48% vs. 33%).
  • Girls are twice as likely as boys to report having experienced emotional or sexual abuse in their romantic relationship.

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