The mission of the Community Services Department is to make it easier for our citizens to effectively use their free time — their time for leisure activities, play, social commitment and community life – by offering them practical venues suited to their needs, as well as a variety of programs and facilities bringing them together. This mission is carried out through the department’s three divisions: Culture and Programs, Sports and Programs, and the Library.

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In addition to its director, the Community Services Department’s regular personnel includes a secretary, a manager for each division and a park & equipment coordinator. Auxiliary staff consists of one person in charge of Club Option Jeunesse and one animator as well as a large number of seasonal employees. Finally, more than 600 volunteers active within some forty organizations round out the Community Services team. The Municipal Library division is described in a separate section.


The Community Services Department has a building housing its administrative offices, as well as a number of infrastructures, including three major parks, some fifteen neighbourhood parks, two school parks, two marshes developed for hiking, as well as a pool, a community centre and, of course, a library. Through various agreements, residents also have access to the gymnasiums of several schools and an arena with two ice rinks.

Fields of intervention

Active in different aspects of leisure, the recreation and community divisions offer:

  • a program of seasonal activities
  • the organization of specialized recreational, sports and cultural activities
  • support to local and regional leisure organizations and committees
  • the reservation of halls and sports fields for organizations and residents
  • support to the community and organizations in matters relating to social, community and economic development.