Community Services

Université du Québec à Montréal

Combining University and Community Knowledge

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Democratizing access to knowledge

UQAM is the first university in Quebec--and so far the only one--to promote greater mobilization of academic learning by developing new ways of acquiring and disseminating knowledge. This has also been a focus of the faculty’s regular duties.

With the Service aux collectivités (SAC), UQAM offers various community groups simple and direct access to the expertise of its faculty through customized education and applied research projects.

Strengthening ties between the university and the community

The SAC works with groups dedicated to promoting collective economic, cultural, social and community programs. By establishing partnerships between community groups and faculty members, the Service enables knowledge and expertise to be shared which gives rise to new knowledge in response to questions from the community. The SAC supports this collaboration by bringing together community partners and faculty throughout the process.

Encouraging social change

The new knowledge resulting from the collaboration between the university and its community is designed to meet the needs of the groups concerned and to provide greater support for organizations in dealing with the issues that they face while respecting scientific standards.

Combining University and Community Knowledge

Since the SAC’s creation, more than 1000 research, training, dissemination, outreach and consultation activities have been carried out. They have compiled the knowledge of 550 organizations and 400 faculty members and students. These projects have also contributed to the development of a greater collective consciousness and knowledge in all disciplinary fields.

The issues addressed in the projects reflect the diversity of the needs expressed by the community and the faculty’s fields of interest. Over time, in addition to specific projects, certain themes have emerged:

Collective Action and Social Policy

From daycare to pension plans

Collective Advocacy

From economic, social and cultural rights to the struggle against SLAPPs


From waste reduction to environmental sensitivities

Public Education

From literacy to the magazine L'Itinéraire

Gender Relations

From the status of women to institutionalized inequalities

Economy and Society

From the global economic climate to local development

Health in the Workplace

From contaminants to psychological distress

Working Conditions

From balancing work and family to immigrant and migrant workers’ rights

Each year, the SAC:

  • Supports more than 100 research, training and dissemination projects
  • Collaborates with more than 75 community groups
  • Calls on about 50 faculty members from various departments
  • Involves more than 100 students

Community Groups

Opening the University to Today’s Issues

In their daily operations, community groups are faced with various social, cultural, economic and environmental challenges. By partnering with the university, they enhance the academic debate through their queries and thereby nourish new opportunities for reflection about the issues raised.

Empowering Community Groups

The collaborative approach developed by the SAC aims to ensure a real appropriation of knowledge by organizations and to strengthen their expertise and know-how to meet the challenges they face.

For more information

Service aux collectivités
Telephone : 514 987-3177
Fax : 514 987-6845

Civic address :
Pavillon Hubert-Aquin, A-2526
400, rue Sainte-Catherine Est
Montréal (Québec)  H2L 2C5

Mailing address :
Service aux collectivités
Université du Québec à Montréal
Case postale 8888, succursale Centre-ville
Montréal (Québec) H3C 3P8

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