Discover the projects of the Fall 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.


Selected within the framework of a call for projects, the winners 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 cohort focuses on the theme “From resilience in a pandemic context to social and ecological transition”.

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The winners of the Fall 2020 cohort

Boîtes Saines

Jennifer Lobréau, Justine Boisvert-Corcoran

Food insecurity is a reality experienced by many Québec households and the pandemic has made it more difficult to obtain quality food, in sufficient quantity, and at affordable prices. By offering food baskets of fresh and essential foods, the Boîtes Saines (Healthy Boxes) project aims to democratize access to healthy food and to develop the culinary capacities of households needing food aid by offering them simple recipes and food preservation tips. The project will also focus on the appeal of its solution to reduce waste in order to promote its adoption and to transform the experience of beneficiaries living in situations of food insecurity.


🔎 Fighting food insecurity: alternatives to food banks?

Consigne DONation Deposit

Bianca Paquette, Louis-Georges Bernard

The Consigne DONation Deposit project tackles the complex issue of waste recovery and proposes to target the levers for changing the behaviour of people living in high-rise apartment buildings where, despite the presence of infrastructures for the management of residual materials, little sorting of materials is done. The solution therefore aims to encourage people to recycle refundable cans and bottles by associating this action with a charitable cause, donating the money from deposits to community organizations.


🔎 Donation Deposit: identifying motivational levers for better recycling practices

Contrer l’anxiété

Geneviève Chagnon, Sophie Daunais-Ouimet

The Contrer l’anxiété (Against Anxiety) project turns its attention toward young people aged 13 to 19 to help them cope with eco-anxiety, which is particularly high among this age group of the population. By tackling the issue of mental health and environmental action among young people, the project team, which is active within the Montréal branch of the Mères au Front collective, aims to provide them with credible factual information, demystify environmental social issues and support them in their commitment by positioning themselves as a trusted source of support. The team seeks to act with and for young people to foster this important transition.

Couleurs d’enfants – la clé de l'inclusion

Jolette Côté, Audrey Lessard

Couleurs d’enfants (Colours of Children – the key to inclusion) positions itself at the intersection of two issues: systemic racism and child development. Sensitized to the problems of discrimination and racism that persist in society, Couleurs d’enfants is offers coaching and support for staff in daycare centres, early childhood care centres and in schools to act against racism right from early childhood, thus generating a positive impact on the cognitive, emotional and social development of children.


🔎 With Couleurs d’enfants, inclusion begins in early childhood

ECOist Club

Daria Marchenko

ECOist Club is an initiative that raises awareness about and reduces digital pollution by increasing individual well-being. Given that digital technology pollutes as much as the aviation sector and the effects of hyper connectivity have repercussions on our mental health, the project aims to promote digital sobriety by making the environmental impact of digital technology visible. ECOist Club is currently developing the first digital pollution awareness tool, in order to demystify and clearly explain to cell phone and tablet users where the pollution generated by data traffic comes from.


🔎 Promoting digital sobriety: ECOist Club invites us to save the planet by doing ourselves some good

Intergenerational video project

Ely Bonder, Fred Jansen

Social isolation is a problem encountered by young and old alike, despite the abundant means of communication currently available. Given that the older generation has a lot to pass on to the young, the Intergenerational video project aims to increase young people’s empathy and highlight the life experiences of seniors by creating intergenerational links through multimedia content, produced as part of an extracurricular skills development initiative.


🔎 InterGen Studio: Using multimedia to create intergenerational links

Paroles d’aînés

Sandrine Gueymard

In Québec, people aged 65 and over represent approximately 20% of the population. This generation, which is particularly vulnerable and often victim of exclusion and inequality, will disappear, taking with it a wealth of knowledge and experience, sometimes without passing along this important legacy. The Paroles d’aînés (The Words of Our Elders) project aims to give a voice back to the elderly, helping them to thrive and age well by capturing content that highlights and values their life experiences.


🔎 Paroles d’aînés: Using life stories as a tool for social inclusion

Tout ce petit monde

Maira Alejandra Gonzalez Navarro

In the Montréal-Nord borough – the sector most affected by the pandemic in the entire Montréal agglomeration – the Tout ce petit monde (This Small World) project aims to respond to the need to unify common places by transforming and animating spaces in the neighbourhood. By combining meet-ups, cultural exchanges, greening activities and entertainment in one place, Tout ce petit monde seeks to promote citizen participation, inclusion and the creation of ties between the various communities of Montréal-Nord.


🔎 Joining Tout ce petit monde to animate social capital


Tayssa Waldron, Audrey Ithema

As more and more women become entrepreneurs, many still remain on the fringes of knowledge and funding networks. Tribou’s ambition is to simplify access to funding for entrepreneurial projects led by women, and more specifically by racialized women. The project is based on two axes: the development of financial literacy in a business context, and referrals to programs tailored to the needs of target clienteles.


🔎 Tribou is aiming at the economic inclusion of women entrepreneurs

The Fall 2020 cohort of the Civic Incubator is funded by:


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