City donates $40,304 to St-Vincent de Paul Society from Place du Souvenir Fund

The City of Laval’s executive-committee says it is donating $40,304 to the Société Saint-Vincent de Paul for a project the non-profit charity is undertaking to help families that have children up to 17 years old and who are struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a statement issued on May 15 by the executive-committee, the subsidy will help to boost a food program run by the society at a time that is proving to be very challenging for many families.

The Fonds Place du Souvenir is named after the outdoor gathering place in front of Laval City Hall on Souvenir Rd.

“Thanks to this subsidy, the Société de Saint-Vincent de Paul will be able to distribute food vouchers to families in Laval that need them,” said Mayor Marc Demers. “In the current context, where a vulnerable clientele is more vulnerable than ever, it is important that we stick together.”

The subsidy is being drawn from the Fonds Place-du-Souvenir, a special fund created by the Demers administration in 2017 specifically to assist children and youths in Laval up to age 17. The fund was created from sums successfully reclaimed by the city from former municipal contractors who were found to have benefited from collusion and corruption over the many years the previous administration was in power.