Quebecor increases its support for adapted housing for adults with multiple disabilities with $300,000 donation to Le Pilier Foundation. Le Pilier Foundation is pleased to announce that Quebecor, a loyal partner since 2005, has deepened its commitment with an additional $300,000 contribution to support Maison Québecor. The donation will make it possible to carry out several important projects, including the purchase of a customized van to transport people with disabilities, refurbishment of the residence, and more adapted recreational activities and outings for its residents. Nine adults with multiple intellectual and/or physical disabilities reside in Le Pilier Foundation’s adapted housing facility, which celebrates its 15th anniversary this year.

“Maison Québecor is making a tangible, positive difference in the lives of its residents,” said Pierre Karl Péladeau, President and CEO of Quebecor. “In addition to providing food and shelter for people living with a physical or intellectual disability, the organization helps them develop autonomy, gradually become part of the community and build self-confidence. The Foundation and its dedicated staff become a warm and caring second family for residents. We are proud that Quebecor’s support will enable the Foundation to pursue its mission of promoting the well-being of people with disabilities.”

“The Le Pilier Foundation is like a family for people with disabilities and their loved ones,” said Johanne Desjardins, Executive Director, Philanthropy, Development and Communications of the Le Pilier Foundation. “Quebecor’s long-term commitment has enabled us to concretely improve their well-being and their daily lives. The Foundation is privileged to be able to count on increased support from Quebecor.”

Quebecor’s first contribution, in 2005, made it possible to expand Le Pilier Foundation’s residence in Laval and improve the quality of life of 9 residents with multiple disabilities. It was renamed the Maison Québecor in 2007. For the past 37 years, the mission of Le Pilier Foundation has been to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities, young or adult, living with an intellectual disability, a head injury or another type of physical disability, or an autism spectrum disorder, without forgetting the benefits for their families.


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Scott Hillier, CEO of JA Canada.

Over the next three-years, JA Canada will equip more than 90,000 youth from coast-to-coast-to-coast with financial literacy skills and tools. JA Canada renewed a three-year collaboration with TD Bank Group (TD) to empower more than 90,000 youth across Canada with the skills they need to live a financially healthy future by participating in the Dollars with Sense program.

Dollars with Sense is a financial literacy program delivered to students in grades 7-9 across Canada. The program curriculum teaches students how to make smart financial decisions, live debt-free, and become savvy investors. Students learn personal money management skills that they can apply to their lives.

“Dollars with Sense is one of JA’s most in-demand and widely delivered programs. TD’s long-standing and renewed support for the program fuels JA Canada’s engagement of students, equipping them with critical financial literacy knowledge and skills to differentiate between needs and wants; make informed consumer decisions; use credit responsibly; and prepare a budget,” said Scott Hillier, CEO of JA Canada.

“Moreover, TD’s collaboration with our national program development of Dollars with Sense will enable JA to update and inclusively redesign the program increasing accessibility and engagement,” said Hillier.

The redesigned Dollars with Sense program will provide an interactive experience adapted to all learning styles whether students learn in the classroom, with a teacher or volunteer, or independently online at home.

“Supporting Canadian adolescents with the tools and support needed to build financial literacy fundamentals is very important to us,” said Uma Venkataramaiah, Senior Manager – Philanthropy Canada, TD Bank Group. “We’re so happy to continue supporting JA Canada and the Dollars with Sense initiative, both financially and through volunteerism, with programming that is accessible, inclusive and will help provide financial education skills to our future generations of leaders.”

In addition to supporting program development, TD volunteers will also participate in the delivery of classroom-based learning experiences of the Dollars with Sense program. JA volunteers work in collaboration with classroom teachers to facilitate an immersive learning experience for students. This includes facilitating interactive program activities and sharing their expertise and knowledge as engaging mentors.


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A seismic shift in the ownership of family businesses expected over the next three years: KPMG in Canada survey. Impact on philanthropy may be profound. The new digital realities of today’s economy have most Canadian family business owners focused on transition, with nearly eight in 10 (78 percent) developing a succession plan or expecting to transition the business to the ‘next gen’ within three years, finds a recent KPMG in Canada survey. “We are seeing a demographic shift to a younger generation of family business leaders, as a result of the increased reliance on digital technology driven by the pandemic,” says Yannick Archambault, National Family Office Leader, KPMG in Canada. “Technology is dramatically shifting the way businesses need to operate and current leaders are increasingly turning to the next generation to lead going forward.”

Lack of succession plans driving some to sell. Not all founders plan to pass down the family business. More than a quarter (26 percent) plan to sell their business within the next three years.

“The desire to sell may reflect those ‘next gen’ leaders who are less interested in running the existing family business as they are in managing the family wealth, setting up new businesses or pursuing philanthropy,” says Dino Infanti, National Leader, Enterprise Tax, KPMG In Canada. “In some cases, the founder may want to sell to fund their retirement plans and to free-up family members to be enterprising in new ways.”

Seventy percent of Canadian family-owned businesses report having an environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategy, and virtually the same number (69 percent) believe their ESG programs have a positive impact on the financial bottom line. Two-thirds (66 percent) say the drive to increase their ESG commitments is coming from their next generation leaders and employees.

More than six in 10 (63 percent) say their management pay is now tied to these environmental and social targets. Overall, women are more likely to tie pay to ESG targets with more than seven in 10 (72 percent) making it a factor compared to only 51 percent of men.

“Women family business leaders aren’t waiting for the environment to change around them,” adds Infanti. “As transformational leaders, they are representative of the changes they want to see in their business, the family and society.”


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For the fourth consecutive year, Dairy Farmers of Ontario donates to SickKids and other Ontario children’s hospitals reaching over $2 million to date. This holiday season, in the spirit of spreading joy and support to communities across Ontario, Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) donated $500,000 to The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and other Ontario children’s hospitals in Hamilton (McMaster Children’s Hospitals), London (Children’s Hospital) and Ottawa (CHEO). Since 2019, DFO has donated over $2 million through their Milk & Cookies holiday campaign, to support initiatives to families spending the holidays in Ontario children’s hospitals.

Inspired by the magical ritual of leaving milk and cookies out for Santa, this year DFO has also created special Santa Milk-O-Grams for patients who cannot be home for the holidays. These care packages full of festive cheer include a fun activity to prepare for Santa’s arrival on December 24 (Christmas Eve), including a customizable milk bottle, milk coupons, a holiday card to decorate and a plush toy.

“Through this donation to SickKids and other Ontario children’s hospitals, Ontario dairy farmers are able to show how important it is to give back and nourish the communities we live and work in,” said Cheryl Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Dairy Farmers of Ontario. “With our new Milk-o-Grams, we hope families who are unable to be home for the holidays can also share in the joy and tradition of leaving milk and cookies for Santa.”

“The SickKids community is appreciative of the ongoing support and partnership from Dairy Farmers of Ontario,” said Adam Starkman, Vice-President, Corporate Partnerships at SickKids Foundation. “The holiday season can be an extremely trying time for families spending it in hospital, and DFOs commitment has helped us provide joy and necessary care to patients during their stay.”


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DELAN will donate one dollar for every hour worked by its IT consultants to charities as part of its new program. While the economic context and the labour shortage continue to challenge Quebec companies, DELAN, an SME specializing in recruitment in the field of information technology (IT), is rolling out a new program linked to its contractual division that will allow it to give back to the community. As part of the program called 1 don, 1 heure à la fois, DELAN will draw from its income one dollar per hour worked by each of its IT consultants, which it will donate to one charity amongst Centraide of Greater Montreal, 60 Million Girls, Leucan and Breakfast Club of Canada. Thanks to the diversity of the missions and the audiences targeted by the selected organizations, each of DELAN’s IT consultants will be able to choose the cause that is closest to its heart.

“Like many entrepreneurs of my generation, I am interested in the impact of my business in the community. I believe that the pursuit of profit is not the only objective of a company and that it is possible, and even desirable, to combine economic growth and social commitment, a vision shared by my partners and the rest of the team”, indicates the president of DELAN, Jean-François Charpentier.

A breath of fresh air is blowing over the SME run by three partners, two of whom are from business succession. The founder, Anne-Marie Deslauriers, handed over the presidency to her son Jean-François Charpentier last June, while Stéphany Desmarais, Vice-President of recruitment, joined the shareholders and thus the executive management team, thus enabling the adoption of a hybrid model between family and traditional takeover. This model promotes innovation and the emergence of new ideas, which allows DELAN to continue to stand out. Moreover, the deployment of the program «1 don, 1 heure à la fois» is an initiative led by Alexandre Trudeau, also part of the business succession plan, who joined DELAN in May 2022 as Business Development Director of Contractual Division.

Philanthropy as an impact strategy

According to the Study of Trends in Philanthropy in Quebec, more and more Quebec SMEs are taking an interest in philanthropy. For 67 percent of them, philanthropic culture is an important value, and this figure is set to increase with the arrival of entrepreneurs from Generations X or Y, who are more aware of philanthropy. As SMEs represent more than 99 percent of businesses in Quebec, their potential contribution to the philanthropic ecosystem would be major.

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