Collective Community Services (Montreal)

Services and Activities

CCS provides a wide range of services and a number of activities aimed at improving the lives of those in our community who most need a caring hand.

These services range from co-operative early childhood education programs in the Southwest, to schools-based programming across the island, to a camp run for people who might not otherwise have access to the outdoors in the Laurentians.

Our mandate is to enrich community life in the areas we serve, and we strive to achieve this in a number of ways! Get to know us better by reading about any of our areas of focus below. If you have any questions about our work, feel free to get in touch with the relevant manager or staff person.


CCS runs several programs aimed at supporting co-operate education for young children and their families (ages 0-5) in the Southwest.

  • Early Head Start and Little Learners are early childhood education programs located in Lasalle, Verdun and NDG that run in the mornings and afternoons.

  • Family Matters is a workshop series targeting expecting parents and parents with children aged 0-5, with programming based on parent education and support.

  • Mother Goose Program® is a bilingual group experience for parents and their babies and young children focusing on the pleasure and power of using rhymes, songs, and stories together.

  • My Family Cooks is a free 12-week program for families wishing to cook and eat together in a fun environment with others that feel the same way.

  • Growing Together is a cooperative lunch and learn program for parents and children aged 0-5.

  • Super Dads! Super Kids! is a new program for fathers and their young children facilitated by award-winning educator Mardoché Mertilus.

Our team of experienced and passionate educators will provide a caring and supportive environment for you and your little ones to learn and grow!

Our Youth stream offers several schools-based programs to increase the capacity of students to be successful socially, academically, and emotionally.

These include:

  • The Girl's Empowerment Program, which is a 10 week program equipping girls with skills to resolve conflicts and cultivate respect for themselves and their peers. This program focuses on gender specific dynamics that girls face, and encourages them to foster compassion and leadership.

  • The Lion's Roar is a 4 week anti-bullying program that prepares children to deal with complex social situations they will experience in school and in life.E Each week focuses on learning skills based on one animal.

  • Transitions is a 10 week program that helps students build capacity to transition through high school, CEGEP and the job market. This program equips youth to be able to make the decision that they want regarding their future, and to be able to explore all their options.

The NPI at CCS supports the capacity development of Quebec's English-speaking communities. It aims to increase the health and wellbeing socially, physically and emotionally of our communities.

The NPI is a group of community, educational, health and social service organizations that have this goal in common with us. View other NPI's across the province through the Community Health and Social Services Network site here

Currently we are expanding our outreach to English-speakers and community organizations that serve them in Lasalle with an Enhancing Regional Community Capacity project there.

We are also working on a McGill Retention Project, which will aim at creating internships for English-speaking students in health and social services with the goal of increasing the number of services available to English-speakers.


The highlight of our summers at CCS is at Trail's End Camp:
  • Our annual summer camp and home for a week to more than 350 underprivileged children between the ages of 6 to 17
  • 95% of the children live below the poverty line and many live in foster homes
  • For 70% of these children, it is their only vacation during the year
  • Trail's End Camp represents hope, opportunity and positive change
  • It is a healthy and safe environment for children to relax among peers, have fun and create memories that last a lifetime
  • Activities include water sports, rock climbing and nature walks - all of which enable the children to enjoy the outdoors

Families can benefit from financial assistance provided by the Ministry of Education, Recreation and Sports under the Financial Assistance Program Accessible For Camps. A financial contribution will be requested based on your family income.

Trail's End Camp
50 365e Av, Saint-Hippolyte, QC J8A 2Y6
Tel: (514) 937-5351 Ext. 251