Exploring Pathways Communities


Name of Community:




Name of Host Agency:


Toujours Ensemble


Program History:

Located on the south part of the Island of Montreal, Verdun was founded in 1671 and is one of Quebec’s oldest municipalities. According to a comprehensive 2003 socio-economic survey, there are more than 14,000 families with children living in the Verdun community, most of whom are economically marginalized.


In 2007, 25.3% of students in Quebec left high school without obtaining a diploma. In Verdun, this proportion was close to double, with certain schools reaching an astonishing rate of 49.3%. Recognizing the shared goal of combating high school drop-out and reducing poverty, Toujours ensemble partnered with Pathways to Education Canada in 2007 to implement its proven model in Verdun and, in doing so, became the first organization in Quebec to host the Pathways program. 


Geographical Boundaries, General Size, Catchment Area:


The catchment area of Pathways to Education in Verdun is the two elementary schools in east Verdun, Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes and Lévis Sauvé.


Community Demographics:


  • 7% of population is youth age 12-19

  • 8% are recent Immigrants

  • 4% are Aboriginal Youth

  • 18% visible minority population

  • 25% lone parent households

Community Partnerships:


As host of the Pathways program in Verdun, Toujours ensemble, a not-for-profit organization that has been providing academic, financial and social support to youth in the community for over 25 years.


Post-Secondary Areas of Interest for Pathways to Education Students:  (Top 5-6 Programs)

  • Sciences Humaines

  • Accueil et inrégration

  • Techniques de soins infirmiers

  • Techniques de procédés chimiques

  • Sciences pures et appliquées

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