The Montreal Council of Social Agencies and its Effect on Youth Crime and Drug Use


The Montreal Council of Social Agencies has proven to be a pillar of social agencies in the city of Montreal over the last century. Not only has it positively impacted youth intervention projects, but it has also addressed a variety of other societal issues. As an umbrella organization, it oversaw a multitude of important social welfare agencies in Montreal.

Youth crime rates have fluctuated in recent decades, and although many agencies have tried to make a significant impact to decrease the chances of youth turning to crime and drugs, youth crime has not changed significantly at a societal level. This does not mean that organizations like the MCSA and Centraide have failed. Each youth kept off the streets, who stops (or never starts) abusing drugs, who resists committing a crime, and who has new and exciting opportunities open up to reveal a brighter future as a result of any one of their prevention programs is a success story, and a reason why these organizations are crucial to cities like Montreal where youths are at a significantly greater risk of becoming “troubled.”

A recent study illustrated that the rate for all youth crimes in Quebec in 2007 was 45 % below the national average, while in places like the Northwest Territories; it was three times the national average.[1] In 2006 to 2007, Ontario had a little over 25 000 cases that ended up before the courts, while Quebec a little less than 7000 cases, of which 48% received community service that double the national average.[2]This goes without saying, that although youth crimes within Quebec are not as mainstream as other provinces in Canada, it is still nonetheless an issue that remains present, however this stands as clear evidence that social agencies have been successful in treating youth emergencies with services that have evolved and changed the character of social policy.



[1]Youth crime statistics in quebec compared with national figures. (2008, Dec 23). The Canadian Press. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/359951926?accountid=12339

[2] Ibid.


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