Breaking the cycle of homelessness

Towards lasting solutions

How can we resolve the deep causes of homelessness? The answer is sustainable upstream solutions. We’re convinced that, through an approach that focuses on continuous accompaniment, we can reduce the number of people experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness.

Prevention will now be one of the three key axes of the Old Brewery Mission, alongside emergency services and
rehousing. Our Emergency axis consists of meeting the basic necessities of people who are experiencing homelessness and accompanying them on a path to autonomy. Our Rehousing axis refers to our work to facilitate long-term residential stability.

To make this ambitious yet feasible threefold plan a reality, we’ve established a strategy, and we need your support to bring it to fruition. The investments required over five years come to $50M, of which we will commit $40M to existing operations and $10M to new projects. Keep in mind that the return on this investment will be even more socially impactful, as we’ll be working toward one common objective: sustainable social reaffiliation. This means breaking the cycle of homelessness once and for all!

We are inviting the entire community to mobilize. The needs of people experiencing homelessness are desperate and the health of our community is at stake. People have been left behind in the past, but we can repair the social fabric that has been frayed.

Louis Audet
Chair of the Board

James Hughes
President and CEO

The Old Brewery Mission is leading its major fundraising campaign to continue supporting vulnerable people at every stage of the intervention cycle. Find out more.

About the Old Mission Brewery
Our priorities
Campaign cabinet
Distribution of donations
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We need your support

We’re calling on you and your generosity to help us maintain our current programs and broaden our range of services.

The Mission Old Brewery

Since 1889, the Old Brewery Mission has been an invaluable resource for thousands of people facing homelessness in Montreal.

In the past, the main goal of the Old Brewery Mission was to offer a meal to get back one’s strength and a bed to keep warm for the night. However, acknowledging that this temporary fix does not adequately help support people in leaving homelessness behind, we have evolved our services to make psychosocial support our key focus.

Our objective

It’s never too early or too late to break the cycle of homelessness, and we seize each opportunity that presents itself to give new momentum to people facing homelessness.

Through our programs, we wish to create sustainable reaffiliation for the clients of our services: this means that they can renew the relationships they lost with different spheres of society. We accompany them in their progress so that they can weave a strong social safety net and leave homelessness behind for good.

Our priorities

It’s through customized services and programs that we will meet the needs and individual challenges of people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

  • Prevention

    Our prevention services aim above all to prevent people from experiencing homelessness, by reducing the risk factors that can lead to it.

    We would like to have a real impact on reducing the number of people who are homeless, or at risk of becoming so.

  • Emergency

    Through programs targeting specific challenges, such as physical or mental health issues, and with complementary outreach services, we work to stabilize each person as quickly as possible.

  • Rehousing

    Making rehousing possible, facilitating it and maintaining it are three of our key objectives.

    More specifically, we aim to foster autonomy and residential stability while accompanying people toward social reintegration.

Our campaign cabinet

The success of our 2023-2028 Major Fundraising Campaign relies greatly on the dedication of our campaign cabinet, made up of key influential players in the Montreal community. The Old Brewery Mission is proud to be able to count on committed individuals who are determined to help us break the cycle of homelessness.


  • Louis Audet
    Chair of the Board
    Cogeco Inc. and
    Cogeco Communications Inc.
  • Kim Thomassin
    Executive Vice-President and Head of Québec

Campaign cabinet

  • Claude Bigras
    President and CEO
  • François Boulanger
    President and Chief Operating Officer
  • Harout Chitilian
    Corporate Director
  • Norman Hébert
    Executive Chair
    Groupe Park Avenue
  • Monique Leroux
    Corporate Director
  • Peter Letko
    Senior Vice-President, Partner
    Letko Brosseau & Associates Inc.
  • Éric Martel
    President and CEO
    Bombardier Inc.

The Old Brewery Mission team

  • James Hughes
    President and CEO
  • Nicole Beaulieu
    Executive Director, Philanthropic Development
  • Andréanne Meloche
    Senior Advisor, Major Fundraising Campaign

How your donations are distributed

Your donations will be used to maintain our current services, while adding new programs and projects to our offering.

  • $6M

    to increase the number of people staying off the street each year.

  • $40M

    to reduce the time spent in our emergency shelter programs.

  • $17M

    to diversify our community housing options with psychosocial accompaniment.

  • $10M

    with the aim of improving our prevention, emergency and rehousing services for women.

Our donors

The Old Brewery Mission depends extensively on its donors so that it can carry out numerous innovative projects and maintain its regular services.

We would like to thank our generous donors who have already made a commitment to our major campaign.

Builders ($1.5 million and over)

Fondation Marcelle et Jean Coutu
Fondation Mirella & Lino Saputo

Leaders ($500,000 - $1,499,999)

Cogeco Inc.
Maria S. Roy
McConnell Foundation
National Bank

Ambassadors ($100,000 - $499,999)

Bombardier Inc.
Claude Deschamps & Brigitte Barrette
Claude Garcia
Colin J. Adair Charitable Foundation
Dunlop-Hébert family
Echo Foundation
Fondation Chopin Péladeau
Fondation J.-Louis Lévesque
GDI Integrated Facilities Services
Godin Family Foundation
Industrial Alliance
J. Armand Bombardier Foundation
Jocelyne, Émilie & Louis Audet
Le Square Phillips Hôtel & Suites
Letko Brosseau & Associates
Metro Richelieu Inc.
Mongeau Family Foundation

Partners ($25,000 - $99,999)

Fondation Jacques et Michel Auger
Keurig Dr. Pepper Canada
Mitch Garber
Michael Novak
The George Hogg Family Foundation
WSP Inc.

135 years of history

In the winter of 1889-1890, Montrealers Mina Douglas and Eva Findlay created a soup kitchen that was to become the Old Brewery Mission. This kitchen saw its first transformation in the Twenties, when it became a shelter for men experiencing homelessness. Ever since, the Old Brewery Mission has never stopped evolving.

Our guiding principles

Our guiding principles are at the core of what we do.

From important decision-making to our daily interactions with the people we serve, these pillars inspire our actions.

Make a donation

Interested in making a difference by donating to our Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness campaign? Contact the Major Fundraising Campaign Team.

Andréanne Meloche
Senior Advisor, Major Fundraising Campaign