2019-2020 Cohort of the Civic Incubator

The Civic Incubator is an MIS program that aims to prototype and bring to maturity ideas for projects with social and environmental impact, imagined by engaged citizens or groups.

The 2019-2020 cohort is funded by:

Selected within the framework of a call for projects, the winners, having submitted their projects in teams of two, engage in a free accompaniment program at the MIS to bring their projects from an early stage of development to a level of maturity that will allow them to move on to the deployment and funding stage.

This second cohort focuses on the theme of “transforming urban living environments” within the Greater Montréal area.

The winners 2019-2020

Éthel project

Céline-Audrey Beauregard, Ariane Perras

From a partially abandoned multi-storey parking garage to a citizen space: this is the rehabilitation project ahead for Éthel! This redevelopment project aims to strengthen the Verdun borough’s capacity for action by transforming it into an inclusive, accessible space aligned with the desires of borough residents. Combining urban agriculture and greening, art and culture, entertainment and meeting places, this public space has the potential to become a Montréal landmark.


+ MIS – From a parking structure to a community facility: the future Éthel project
+ Journal Métro (July 5, 2021) – Le projet du stationnement Ethel va de l’avant

Label Oasis Urbain

Thomas Audrin, Jérémy Gelb

Supporting the enhancement, development and protection of attractive and healthy urban spaces for the well-being of Montrealers through the creation of a quality labelling process for urban oases: this is the mission launched by the Oasis Urbain label. The project aims to change ways of living and making the city by co-creating a labelling system that will take into account noise levels and atmospheric pollution, while integrating popular science, awareness and citizen engagement activities.


MIS – Label Oasis urbain: Building together a quieter, healthier and more inviting city +

Laboratoire inclusif de recherche et création artistique

Claudine Robillard, Agathe Henninger

Operating within The Muses performing arts centre, a unique school offering professional training in theatre, dance and singing to artists with disabilities, this laboratory aims to bring together advanced students and graduates in performing arts with disabilities and young emerging artists without disabilities. By placing creation at the centre of their approach, the laboratory will bring together a heterogeneous group of artists in a way that emphasizes inclusion within the industry.


+ Website of The Muses

+ MIS – Fostering inclusion in the arts: the mission of Les Muses school takes on a new dimension

Laval en transition

Alexandre Warnet, Jonathan Falardeau

A young citizen movement, Laval en Transition raises awareness, and mobilizes and equips Laval residents to develop eco-friendly, supportive and friendly local initiatives aimed at ecological, economic and energy transitions to make the community more resilient. Responding to Laval residents’ interest and enthusiasm, this movement wants to structure itself to foster the deployment of concrete projects emerging at the neighbourhood level and encourage their synergy, efficiency and complementarity to promote a profound transformation of the Laval territory.


Website of Laval en transition +

MIS – Laval en transition: working together to develop eco-logical and solidarity-based initiatives +

Le campus

Xavier Kronström Richard, Paul Tom

Le Campus is a series of narrative podcasts about the arrival of Université de Montréal’s new high-technology MIL campus, which borders Parc-Extension, one of the poorest, densest and most multicultural communities in Canada. Taking the form of a journalistic investigation and using a narrative approach, the podcast aims to create a meaningful and structured space for dialogue around the issues of gentrification, between the long-standing community of Parc-Extension and the emerging A.I. community.


+ MIS – Artificial intelligence and gentrification: Le Campus opens its microphone to the population of Parc-Extension…

Village Urbain

Estelle Le Roux Joky, Pascal Huynh

Village Urbain is working on a project to develop a co-housing space that is accessible to all, sustainable and human, in an urban environment. Like the temporary co-housing becoming available for nomadic digital workers, Village Urbain wants to offer permanent living spaces where more people of different ages can cohabit harmoniously under the same roof and enjoy shared services and amenities. The goal is to democratize this way of living to meet the major challenges of urbanization, such as access to housing and social isolation. 


Website of Village Urbain +

MIS – Village Urbain proposes co-housing for a different way of city living +

Registre des loyers citoyen (originally entitled "Mon loyer")

Adam Mongrain

The monloyer.quebec website is a citizen tool for sharing information about affordable housing available in Québec. The goal is to enable tenants and policy makers to make informed choices and advance knowledge about housing for the benefit of all by collecting, analyzing and disseminating open data on rental housing.


+ Website of Mon Loyer
+ La Presse (June 9, 2021) – Un registre citoyen des loyers pour contrer la flambée des prix

Café Autonome

Cendrine Lévêque, Marie Bourbeau

Le Café Autonome (the independent café) is a living collective space that allows residents of and visitors to the Plateau Est district to meet up in a pleasant and friendly atmosphere. Built around a community of members, this original venue aims to be open and participatory in order to strengthen the social fabric and make it a real collective that is accessible to all. It will offer goods and services such as catering, various workshops, thematic discussions or evening get-togethers between neighbours, with the ambition of eventually replicating this model in other neighbourhoods, towns and cities.

Vélorution Saint-Michel

Collin Mayrand, Alexane Ferland

By sensitizing and equipping the population of the Saint-Michel neighbourhood to use bicycles in their daily lives, the Vélorution project aims to develop a local culture of active transportation in a multi-impact perspective that includes the fight against GHGs, the empowerment of marginalized populations and the reduction of the financial burden of mobility. The objective is to increase the democratization of bicycle use and thus contribute to the development of enabling infrastructure.


+ MIS – Vélorution Saint-Michel: Making the bicycle a tool for change

Ecological Transition Coaching Service

GRAME - Catherine Chabot, Catherine Houbart

In the face of growing pressures from urban development and climate change, communities have no choice but to renew their practices in innovative and … well-proven ways. GRAME is developing a coaching service that facilitates sustainable and significant results by relying on ingredients such as the inventory and the scaling of best practices, ongoing evaluation and a sustained broadcasting of cases, in order to build collective knowledge and to inspire more and more organizations to discover that they are capable and motivated to act.


Website of GRAME +

MIS – In order to spark the ecological transition, GRAME is developing a novel accompaniment service +

Three leaders of the 2019-2020 Civic Incubator cohort share their stories

Collaborators of the 2019-2020 cohort of the Civic Incubator

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