Our impact

Lasting and adapted solutions

After two years of ongoing adaptation to meet the challenges of the pandemic, 2022-2023 was a year that saw a return to business as usual, within the context of a new normal when it comes to homelessness. COVID-19 laid bare some complex issues and created new ones that have considerably altered the face of homelessness in Montreal. The impact of the pandemic combined with the current housing crisis will long be felt.

In response to these new realities, we have been creative in developing and adapting our services, —prevention, emergency services and rehousing—to meet the specific needs of these new client groups. It is with this in mind that our Homelessness Prevention Department has developed some promising partnerships with organizations that work with specific populations such as asylum seekers. We have also developed a new Mobile Support Team focused on reaffiliation.

It is by staying on this path of developing long-term and adapted solutions that we will continue to meet the changing needs of people at risk of or experiencing homelessness.

James Hughes
President and CEO


Marcelle et Jen Coutu Pavilion resident entering his apartment.

Innovating to prevent homelessness

2022-2023 was the first full year of operation for the Old Brewery Mission’s Homelessness Prevention Department. Still in its infancy, our prevention team has made great strides. We are developing our expertise in this area in order to act both at the structural level, by supporting prevention through the work of the Québec Homelessness Prevention Policy Collaborative (Q-HPPC), and at the individual level, through our applied prevention programs. All our actions have a common goal: helping people in precarious situations avoid homelessness.

Partnering for prevention

The effectiveness of our Homelessness Prevention Department depends largely on the collaborations we forge with new and long-standing partners. Since the launch of the service, we have established 10 partnerships. As a result, in a single year we received 90 referrals and helped 17 people find a housing solution suited to their needs.

Prevention by the numbers


  • 90

    referrals received

  • 17

    people moved into an adapted housing solution

  • 22

    people had found a housing solution and were waiting to move in

  • 34

    referrals received through the Après l’ombre program

Men walking down a Montreal street.
Flagship partner

Passerelle, a joint program with the OMHM

During the year, our Homelessness Prevention Department became the main partner of the referral service of the Office municipal d’habitation de Montréal (OMHM) for the Passerelle program. Launched as a pilot project in 2021, Passerelle is a prevention program that provides people at imminent risk of homelessness with psychosocial support and help in searching for accommodations until they move into a new home or are referred to another appropriate resource. Over the course of the year, 37 people were referred to the Prevention Department under this initiative.

Knowledge building

The Old Brewery Mission actively contributes to the development of knowledge on homelessness through its research department and its participation in the Q-HPPC, created in partnership with McGill University.

  • New research study in partnership with the SPVM

    In March 2023, the Old Brewery Mission's research department published its report on the perceptions held by officers from Montreal’s police department (SPVM) regarding their work with people experiencing homelessness. The findings and recommendations, based on interviews with SPVM officers conducted in 2021, were presented to SPVM personnel who deal with homelessness.

  • Q-HPPC’s first research report

    On November 25, 2022, Q-HPPC’s gender research group published its first report, which contained concrete recommendations for reforming Quebec’s laws to better protect women experiencing intimate partner violence. In conjunction with the report, an op-ed signed by the co-chairs of the gender research group and the co-chairs of Q-HPPC ran in Le Devoir and two articles were published in Le Devoir and The Gazette.


The Old Brewery Mission shuttle drops off clients.

Emergency services: an ongoing need

Emergency services, whether outreach or housing services, meet the basic needs of many people in precarious or homeless situations. These services remain essential to Montreal's homelessness ecosystem.

Webster Pavilion emergency services

The Webster Pavilion remains our primary emergency shelter facility for men. Open 24/7, it offers a variety of programs to meet the specific needs of an increasingly diverse clientele.

  • 843


  • 197

    emergency housing program capacity

  • 90%

    annual occupancy rate

Hôtel-Dieu emergency services

During the year, we continued working closely with the Welcome Hall Mission to provide emergency housing services at Hôtel-Dieu Hospital’s Le Royer Pavilion.

  • 597

    individuals stayed at the Le Royer Pavilion

  • 99%

    occupancy rate, indicating the need for this facility

Emergency housing at the PMP

As pandemic conditions improved during the year, the situation stabilized at the Patricia Mackenzie Pavilion (PMP), our emergency shelter for women.

  • 395

    women used the services at Patricia Mackenzie Pavilion

  • 46

    Patricia Mackenzie Pavilion capacity

Updates to our emergency services

  • Old Brewery Mission Mobile Clinic vehicule in front of the Patricia Mackenzie Pavilion.

    Reaffiliation Mobile Support Team

    Towards the end of the 2022-2023 fiscal year, several months of work went into setting up the support team for the Old Brewery Mission Mobile Clinic, powered by TELUS Health. The mobile clinic quietly began operating in March 2023, and was officially launched in April. In partnership with Accueil Bonneau, the Mobile Support Team offers cohabitation and reaffiliation support services, including tax clinics, legal clinics and referrals, to people experiencing homelessness in Montreal.

  • Intervention worker and resident in a private room at the Patricia Mackenzie Pavilion.

    New setup at the PMP

    Thanks to the generosity of a private donor, we are able to launch a major renovation project at the Patricia  Mackenzie Pavilion (PMP) and finally do away with the dormitory layout. The second floor, which houses the Étape and Étape+ programs, will be renovated to create 13 semi-private rooms that will house 26 residents. They will provide a more private, quieter and more relaxing environment for residents, facilitating the process of long-term reaffiliation.


Marcelle and Jean Coutu Pavilion resident in his apartment.

The solution to homelessness: adapted housing

As Montreal’s homeless population grows and changes, we need to find innovative solutions that are long-term and adapted to the realities of individuals to help more people get off the street. This means broadening our range of housing options. We are doing so through new community housing projects and by enlisting the help of private landlords.

In numbers: rehousing


  • 113

    people were living in Old Brewery Mission community housing

  • 234

    people received housing support through one of the Old Brewery Mission’s programs

  • 111

    of the people receiving housing support were women

  • 91

    people entered a rehousing program during the year

France-Élaine Duranceau, Minister Responsible for Housing, James Hughes, president and CEO, Solange Lavigne, Women's Services codirector, Benoit Dorais, Ville de Montréal Executive committee vice-chair, and Soraya Martinez Ferrada, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion, cutting the ribbon at the Voisines de Lartigue inauguration..

Crédit photo : Ville de Montréal

Inauguration of the Voisines de Lartigue

During the year, we opened the doors to our latest housing project for women, Voisines de Lartigue. Ideally located just a few steps from our Patricia Mackenzie Pavilion, the building includes 12 studio apartments that can accommodate women living in precarity.

The first residents moved in on August 1, 2022, and the facility was officially inaugurated on February 10, 2023 at a press conference attended by government representatives. The event generated extensive media coverage for the project and drew attention to our long-term solutions to homelessness.

Place Tenaquip plan.

Perspective par L. McComber – architecture vivante

The Tenaquip Foundation renews its support

The Tenaquip Foundation is an indispensable ally of the Old Brewery Mission that has supported our cause for years. Thanks to their generosity, Tenaquip Place, our community housing project in Lachine, will open in summer 2024.

Stronger together

Ken Reed Golf Tournament

Golf car's from the Ken Reed Golf Tournament.

The 19th edition of the Ken Reed Golf Tournament was held on August 8, 2022 with the support of The Tenaquip Foundation, a long-time donor to the Old Brewery Mission. A total of 120 golfers participated. Many of the Old Brewery Mission’s partners responded generously and we raised $270,300 to fund our programs and services.

Mission pour Elles Gala

Attendees at the Mission pour Elles Gala.

Back again this year, the Mission pour Elles benefit gala was held on October 19, 2022. More than 250 members of our community attended and $343,920 was raised to support our women’s services!

The Supper Experience is back

Apron with Old Brewery Mission logo worn by Supper Experience volunteer.

As the pandemic situation improved over the course of the year, we were able to resume our flagship fundraising event, the Supper Experience. Over the course of the year, some 30 groups helped serve meals to residents at the Webster Pavilion, and $49,273 was raised.

In the media

  • Ad : man sitting in snow with text overlay

    The street is not a home

    In December, we launched “The street is not a home,” a new marketing campaign devised by the creative team at Insubordination to increase public awareness of homelessness and raise funds to support our programs. The campaign was rolled out through social media, television, posters and billboards.

  • Marie-Pier Therrien and Eric St-Arnaud in front of a Mur de la gentillesse.

    Partnership with Renaissance

    As winter approached, we were fortunate to be able to partner with the non-profit thrift-store operator Renaissance. Renaissance set up two Walls of Kindness in Montreal to collect winter coats for people in need. Nearly 1,000 coats were donated for distribution to people experiencing homelessness in Montreal.

Thank you to our donors

Your donations enable us not only to maintain our services but to improve them and to achieve the greatest possible impact. Thanks to your generosity, we are able to do what we do best, year after year, for people experiencing homelessness in Montreal.

Builders - $200,000 and more

  • La Fondation Marcelle et Jean Coutu
  • The Rossy Foundation

Leaders - $100,000 to $199,999

  • Groupe Sani Marc
  • Hewitt Foundation
  • Roy, Maria S.

Ambassadors - $20,000 to $99,999

  • 6857515 Canada Inc
  • Anne-Marie & Mitch Garber Family Foundation
  • CIBC World Markets
  • CN
  • Cyr, J.V. Raymond
  • Dalfen Family Foundation
  • Essentia
  • Fondation Jacques et Michel Auger
  • Lesters Foods Limited
  • Métro-Richelieu
  • Raymond James Canada Foundation
  • Robert Cox & Pasqualina Zitella
  • Scotland, Francis A.
  • The Adair Family Foundation
  • The George Hogg Family Foundation
  • The Oka & Grégoire Foundation
  • The Palmer Family
  • Vayola Garments Ltd
  • Zeller Family Foundation

Patrons - $10,000 to $19,999

  • AbbVie Corporation
  • Allstate Insurance Company of Canada
  • André Gauthier Foundation
  • Bellemare, Marc G.
  • Brian and Alida Rossy Family Foundation
  • Classic Woodwork Inc.
  • Claude Deschamps and Brigitte Barrette
  • De Grandpré, A. Jean
  • Domtar Inc.
  • Eric T. Webster Foundation
  • Fergus Foundation
  • Five B Family Foundation
  • Fondation Lise et Richard Fortin
  • Fondation Véromyka
  • George A. Hall Inc.
  • Hanson Family Foundation
  • Hébert, Mary Pat
  • IA Financial Group
  • Jones, David
  • Joubarne, Luc
  • Keurig Canada
  • La Canadienne Enterprises Inc.
  • La Fondation Denise et Guy St-Germain
  • Lederman Foundation
  • Lefebvre, Louis
  • Les Oeuvres LeRoyer
  • Leus, Alexandra
  • Manitoulin Group of Companies
  • Matheson, Anne D.
  • Mongeau Family Foundation
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Novirtus Transport Inc.
  • Opal International Inc.
  • Pfizer Canada Inc.
  • Pointe Claire Legion Branch 57
  • Poppy Trust Fund - R.M.R. Ass. QC Br.14
  • Power Corporation of Canada
  • TFI International
  • The Birks Family Foundation
  • The Buttercup Foundation
  • The Hay Foundation
  • The William & Nancy Turner Foundation