Tobacco, alcohol and drugs

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Abuse of tobacco, alcohol, and drugs by youth can affect their motivation and grades at school. Drug and alcohol use is a predictor of dropping out of school as well as being harmful to young people’s overall development.

Courses of effective action

  • Encourage youth to adopt healthy lifestyle habits.
  • Implement universal and intensive prevention activities starting in preschool.
  • Implement targeted prevention activities with the support of qualified personnel.

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)