Community resources

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Youth who drop out often come from socioeconomically disadvantaged neighbourhoods, where it may be hard to access services. To compensate for the social and material disadvantages brought about by poverty and low social cohesion, community resources in these areas act as a social safety net for families and youth by providing support and fulfilling needs in an effort to prevent dropout.

Courses of effective action

  • Ensure that regional and local strategic plans are established throughout Québec to provide better access to services and better service continuity from birth to high school.
  • Provide resources to guide parents in disadvantaged communities in supervising their children’s education, in working with schools.
  • Raise awareness among local employers of the importance of education for youth in the area.
  • Put in place services to help develop the educational and career goals of youth and their parents.
  • Make sure that youth develop in a healthy and safe environment, free from violence and negligence.

School perseverance at a glance

  • 79.8%

    of Montreal students obtain a diploma.

    A 12.1% improvement since 2009.

  • 18%

    of Montreal youth drop out before graduating.

    A 6.6% improvement since 2009.

  • 26%

    of Québec dropouts are in Montreal.

    This represents 2,080 Montreal youth who left school without graduating in 2015.

  • 28.9%

    of Montreal kindergarten students are vulnerable in at least one developmental domain.

    This is higher than the Québec average of 25.6%.

  • 84%

    of Québec elementary students living in the most underprivileged conditions are in Montreal.

    An average of 25,245 Montreal families with a child under the age of 18 live in a highly underprivileged area.

Government graduation-rate target for 2020


(Target for the Montreal region, students aged 20 and under)