About Portage


The MIRE Program (Movement for Integration and Retention in Employment) is a non-profit organisation that was created in April 2002 by the Fondation Lucie et André Chagnon in partnership with the Portage Program for Drug Dependencies Inc. Their common goal: to develop an efficient and innovative approach to help adults who are living in poverty to find employment. Since October 2008, MIRE has been fully financed by Emploi-Québec.

MIRE has been negotiating annual financing agreements with Emploi-Québec for the past three years, and the third one has just been signed for the period of July 1, 2010 through until June 30, 2011. All the recruitment and job placement targets set out in last year’s agreement were achieved and surpassed by the MIRE Program.

MIRE and Emploi-Québec have a great partnership, whereby they collaborate to help people who are socially excluded, living in chronic poverty, and/or experiencing major problems, to enter or re-enter the workforce on a permanent basis.

Nevertheless, since Emploi-Québec has been financing the program, the MIRE participants are no longer compensated for their time, as they were when the program was funded by the Fondation Lucie et André Chagnon. This important difference has affected participant motivation.

The MIRE Program has responded with a new motivational approach project. The new approach helps reinforce the participants’ decision and drive to make changes in their lives, helps them to establish concrete measures to obtain their career objectives, and helps maintain participant motivation.

For more information on the MIRE Program, please visit: MIRE Program (Movement for Integration and Retention in Employment).

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