Programs and Services for Seniors in Québec

The Guide to Programs and Services for Seniors in Québec, created by the Québec government, contains information on the different programs and services for seniors, offered by government departments and agencies.

This publication is available in the “Services Québec – Citizens” section of the Québec Portal, at, along with a host of forms and useful links.

Caring For Those Who Care

Caring for Those Who Care is a documentary-style web series focused around creating awareness among the public about the challenges and triumphs experienced by caregivers and giving back to these individuals who give so much of their time and energy to others.

Each episode begins with a voice over from our hosts describing the work our featured caregiver does and telling their story of how they found themselves in this caregiver role to begin with. Our team will then pay the caregiver a visit, revealing a surprise specially tailored to them and providing them with a well-deserved moment of respite.

Immersing viewers in the unique lives of these caregivers we’ll see the challenges and rewards that come from their efforts before ending on a call to action with a two-fold purpose: to remind caregivers of the importance of self-care as well as to introduce viewers to Huddol so they can connect with the caregivers being profiled in the series and encourage them to become better informed of the resources available to them. This will allow each episode to evolve from creating awareness to providing actionable next steps for viewers.

What we’re looking for

We’re looking for caregivers from all walks of life. Caregivers must be fluent in English and available for 1 full shoot date and one half day. The first day will involve our camera crew documenting a day in the life of our featured caregiver and conducting an interview with them (approx 1 hr). The ½ day (approx 2-4 hours) will involve the caregiver receiving a surprise gift (approx value $1000) from our host as a gesture of thanks and something to help provide caregivers with a small thank you for all that they do.

Our crew will travel to each featured caregiver and provide meals throughout the day of filming. Our filming style is non-intrusive and more focused on capturing special moments rather than creating a full on production.

Filming has already started in Montreal and Vancouver.

For more information: Contact Mark Stolow at

Volunteers wanted to lead English conversations

This fall, the CISSS Montérégie Centre, in collaboration with ARC, are launching another six-week lunch hour conversation group at the Charles LeMoyne Hospital.

French-speaking health professionals get together informally during the lunch hour once a week in the goal of practicing their English skills in small groups. We would like to continue this successful project and are seeking volunteers for our next session beginning in September. If you are interested in volunteering your time one lunch hour per week for six consecutive weeks to lead these conversation groups, please contact Robyn Graham by email at An application form will be sent to you by email.

Please click here to view the Volunteer Job Description.

ReCharge for Caregivers

ARC is happy to announce the launch of it’s new ReCharge series, a 6-week program offering technical tips for caregivers. Qualified professional and community experts will teach hands on techniques to help individuals care for a loved one. ReCharge is made possible through the financial support of ROMAN/APPUI. This is the first of many courses that will be offered in the coming year in the Montérégie region. Registration is now open! Please contact Loralie to register or for more information at 450-812-0981 or The next session begins February 20th in St-Lambert, help us spread the word, details below.

Community Leadership Bursaries

Call for Applications: The 2017-2018 Health and Social Services Community Leadership Bursaries are now available through ARC.

Are you  bilingual, studying full-time in the area of health and social services and want to stay in the Montérégie territory when you’re done school?

The bursary program, which addresses the need for bilingual health professionals, awards bursaries of up to $10,000 to students from selected regions, with English and French language skills, who are pursuing full-time studies in the area of health and social services. Application deadline is May 12, 2017.

Some restrictions apply, please visit our website and contact our Project Coordinator for full details:

Two New Players

The Assistance and Referral Centre for Health and Social Services (ARC) is pleased to announce that two new team players have joined the team.

Loralie Bromby joins the ARC team as a Project Coordinator. She has been working in the community sector for over ten years with a focus on youth work, fund development, community organizing and communications.  Loralie will be coordinating the Natural Caregivers Project -a 6-week course given across the Montérégie South Shore region by qualified professionals and community experts with hands on techniques and local resources to help caregivers care for loved ones.

Robyn Graham, brings 5 + years’ experience working with English-speaking minority communities across the province of Quebec and is the Project Coordinator for the McGill Training and Retention of Health Professionals Project which brings training and retention initiatives to health and social services professionals that assist their abilities to provide services for the English-speaking population.

Loralie and Robyn bring a vast array of skills, qualities, and experience to our Montérégie South Shore communities. Welcome aboard!

Networking, connecting and getting healthy on the South Shore!

Laughter is the Food of Life, the 3rd annual Health Promotion Fair took place on October 29th in Brossard with 45 kiosks featuring interactivebest5 workshops, exhibits, and health related demonstrations. The diversity of kiosks is part of what makes this event so special where there is something for families, children, youth, seniors and the community at large. The main goal of this event was to promote health and nutrition while connecting the Montérégie English-speaking communities to the bilingual health services they are looking for, along with health tips and tools, crucial to a healthy lifestyle. This year’s guest speaker was Albert Nerenberg, an award-winning film director, journalist, entertaining speaker and one of the world’s top experts on laughter.  He teaches new laughter techniques to groups all over the world. He says, “If you are what you eat, maybe you are what you act!”

This annual event is one of the ways in which the Assistance and Referral best1Centre for Health and Social Services (ARC) works towards its main objectives to contribute, connect, and share resources and information that supports community engagement and promotes community vitality in a meaningful and timely way. The success of this event is not only by connecting the community to the services but also by connecting the health and social service providers and community organizations to each other, making the fair an engaging networking opportunity that simply brings everybody together. Although this event highlights the vast array of services available it also still shows that there is still much work to do around access to bilingual services.

bestARC would like to thank the planning committee, guest speakers, exhibitors, and guests, along with a special thank you to volunteers from Our Harbour for preparing the nutritious lunches. The success of the event came from collaboration with our partners and our community.


The event was organized by ARC in collaboration with the Montérégie English-speaking Regional Health and Social Services Partnerships Table and is made possible with Health Canada funding through the Community Health and Social Services Network (CHSSN).

Announcing Leadership Change

Colin J. Coole

Colin J. Coole

The Assistance and Referral Centre for Health and Social Services (ARC) is a resourceful and resilient non-profit community organization with strong positive impact that is undergoing a transition right now as Colin J. Coole, ARC’s Founder and Executive Director, retired November 1st.

ARC is a Networking and Partnership Initiative (NPI) managed by the Community Health and Social Services Network (CHSSN) and funded by Health Canada. ARC’s mandate is to support Quebec’s minority English-speaking communities in the Montérégie South Shore region by maintaining and improving their access to a full range of health and social services available. Of the 160,000 English speakers living in all of Montérégie, 85,000 (53%) live in the communities that ARC supports. Read more

Laughter is the Food of Life

3rd Annual Health Promotion Fair!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

  9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Centre socioculturel de Brossard 7905 avenue San-Francisco Brossard

(right next to the Brossard City Hall and Bibliothèque de Brossard Georgette-Lepage)

You are not going to want to miss this one! This year’s keynote speaker Albert Nerenberg says that “If you are what you eat, maybe you are what you act!” Nerenberg is an award-winning film director, journalist, entertaining speaker and one of the world’s top experts on laughter.  He directed the acclaimed feature documentary Laughology, is a founder of the American Laughing Championships and works as a Laughologist teaching new laughter techniques to groups all over the world. 

This annual health promotion event has proven to be an important one for our English-speaking communities across the Monteregie South-Shore territory because it brings together more than 40 community and public health network partners who showcase services that are available to English-speakers in throughout our communities.

There will be a workshop on healthy eating with a focus on tips for plant-based meal planing and preparation as well as a workshop on celiac disease which affects approximately 1 in every 133 Canadians. 

This event is sponsored by the Assistance and Referral Center for Health and Social Servies (ARC), a non-profit community organization that supports and promotes the continued access to health and social services available in English as well working toward having an increase in the range of services available in Montreal’s South Shore communities.

Each year, the annual Health Promotion Fair is chalk full of information, tips, tools, and health and social services resources for all ages.  It is also a rich networking opportunity that is much appreciated by our community organizations and public health network partners alike because this is the one time when everyone is in the place at the same time.

Admission and parking are free.

If you are interested in helping out at the event, extra hands are always welcome to help set up, clean up, and greet and direct visitors.

The 3rd Annual Health Promotion Fair is organized by ARC in collaboration with the Montérégie English-speaking Regional Health and Social Services Partnerships Table and is made possible with Health Canada  funding through the Community Health and Social Services Network (CHSSN).

See you there!

Check out this video featuring our community and health network partners from last year’s event Community Video