Old Brewery Mission

Social Service


Since 1889, the Old Brewery Mission has been an invaluable resource for thousands of people facing homelessness in Montreal. In the past, the main goal of the Old Brewery Mission was to offer a meal to get back one’s strength and a bed to keep warm for the night. However, we recognized almost twenty years ago that this temporary fix did not adequately help support people  in leaving homelessness behind. Therefore we have evolved our services to make psychosocial support our key focus.  Through our programs, we wish to create sustainable reaffiliation for the clients of our services; this means that they can renew the relationships they lost with different spheres of society.


Our Impact

The valuable support of key players and partners over the years has enabled the Mission to expand its vision of ending homelessness. As a result, the Mission has moved from a reactive to a proactive approach in developing services that focus on permanent and sustainable solutions to chronic homelessness.

To reach this goal, the Mission has implemented a number of very successful initiatives, providing its clients with the necessary guidance and support to leave shelter life behind , and move into their own homes.

  • Response to needs (2022–2023 data):
      • 347 participants in our housing support programs
      • 395 women have benefited from the services of the Patricia Mackenzie Pavilion
      • 633 men have benefited from the accommodation and support services of the Webster Pavilion
      • 4,654 trips provided to men and women to and from resources by the our shuttle bus
      • 293 people were accommodated in the COVID isolation zone
      • 597 people were accommodated in the emergency accommodation and support services at the Hôtel-Dieu Hospital, including 151 women, 437 men and 9 trans people
      • An average of 144 people came to the Café Mission respite center each day
      • Over 30,000 daytime visits and almost 20,000 night-time visits made to the Café Mission

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Legal Name

Old Brewery Mission Foundation

Charity Number

89201 3608 RR0001

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A legacy gift has the potential to change the lives of thousands of  people experiencing homelessness in Montreal by helping them to reintegrate into the community. It is possible to end chronic homelessness. A gift in Will is a generous and profound act that will allow us to continue our vital work of rebuilding lives. It ensures that your values live on, and that men and women experiencing homelessness can reclaim their rightful place in our society.

‘At this stage of my life at the age of 78 years old I have decided to prepare my Will and bequeath the Old Brewery Mission Foundation with a specific bequest. According to me, the Old Brewery Mission offers the most services to people affected by homelessness in Montreal and if this gesture can motivate other people like me to get off the street, one of my greatest wishes will be realized.’

Gérard Moisan, Legacy donor


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