Welcome to our website where you can find many different services for families living in downtown Montreal.

Thank you to everyone who filled out our family survey and shared their needs with us! We really appreciate your feedback on our activities and services. After compiling the results, we wanted to offer additional resources to help respond to your needs during this difficult time. 

Looking for something else that isn’t listed here? Contact Sabine, our Community Liaison at info@famillescentreville.org

Last updated: June 30, 2021


Physical or outdoor activities

Parks & Green Spaces

Activities and Workshops

Virtual Activities, Playgroups and Support (0-5 years old)

  •  Join the Facebook group for downtown Parents for support and ideas for activities
  • Parenthèse online playgroup offered by CLSC Metro
    • every Thursday 9:30-10:30am for parents and their children 12-24 months
    • weekly themes about the development of early childhood
    • To register call Annabel Marcogliese at (514) 934-0354, ext. 7429
    • participate with Teams 
    • more information
  • Virtual breastfeeding group offered by CLSC Metro and La Leche League
  • The Parent-Child Mother Goose program offers storytime and songs
    • Every Wednesday 10-11am in French
    • Every Thursday 10-11am in English
    • Every Saturdays 9:30-10:30 bilingual
    • Register with Robin lamereloiemontreal@gmail.com
  • Zoom Sparks with the Montreal children’s library
    • Pre-literacy program (story time and songs) every Saturday at 10am
    • New Spring session starts April 17 registration
  • The Dietary Dispensary of Montreal offers several virtual workshops about baby care, nutrition… for pregnant women and families with newborns
    • activities calendar for April here
  • CUSP has weekly activities for kids and parents

Virtual Activities, Playgroups and Support (6-12 years old)

  • CUSP offers several activities for school aged children (limited number of participants)
    • homework support on Saturdays | 1-4pm | register
    • art class on Fridays | 6-7pm | register
    • reading circles 4-8 years old | 6-6:30pm
    • French on Sundays | register
    • English on Wednesdays | register
  • Public libraries
  • Innovation-Youth library | 2205 Tupper street | Tuesdays and Fridays 2-6pm

More coming soon…


Medical Support

  • Call 811 to talk to a nurse or talk to a social worker for an evaluation
  • Call 911 in case of an emergency
  • COVID 19 testing in Montreal:
  • CLSC Metro has testing, nursing, psychosocial support and a walk-in clinic
    • update: clinic by appointment only and for patients with a family doctor
    • make an appointment: call 514-934-0354 or https://www.rvsq.gouv.qc.ca/en/public/Pages/home.aspx
    • the family clinic on the 4th floor is accessible for information, appointments and booking an appointment
  • Bonjour-santé: make an appointement with a doctor (online or in person)
  • Metromedic has a walk-in clinic
  • Alphamedic has a walk-in clinic
    • call 514-933-8383 before going in person
  • COVID-19 vaccination – now for 60 years old and over: appointment only


  • Tel-Aide 514-935-1101
  • S.O.S Violence conjugale 1 800 363-9010
  • Parents line 1 800 361-5085
  • Hope for Wellness for indigenous peoples across Canada – available in English, French, Cri, Ojibway and Inuktitut. 1-855-242-3310
  • LÉO 1-855-768-7LEO (1 855 768 7536) – psychological support line for workers, former workers and volunteers in the social and community sector – available in French, English, Spanish
  • AMI-Quebec – counseling and therapy resources – helps families manage the effects of mental illness through support, education, guidance, and advocacy 

Food, Housing and Financial Support


  • Book a babysitter in Montreal with SOSsitter
  • Elephant et chocolat: specialized agency in childcare and elder in-home support
  • Families Downtown drop-in daycare every morning from Monday to Thursday
    • Contact Sabine to register 438-377-9382 or sphilippides@petermcgill.org
    • Update: the stroller break (‘répit-poussette’) service is back for children under 2 years old, under certain conditions
  • Register on laplace0-5 for a daycare spot
    • get more information on how to find the right daycare for your child here
  • YMCA daycare – unsubsidized daycare for 18 months and older
    • Pre-K class for the 4-5 years old
    • Minimum of 3 half-days or 2 full days per week
    • Access to an outdoor playground
    • Advance credits from the provincial government according to income applicable
    • Contact Marilyn for more information and to register
    • 514-849-8393 extension 1777
    • Marilyn.Polsky@ymcaquebec.org
  • SSMU Garderie Daycare – Subsidized daycare 8.35$ per day
  • CSU daycare and nursery – unsubsidized daycare for 18 months and older
    • email them at sculbert@csu.qc.ca or call 514-543-1213 x 101 for more information and to register


  • Call 211 for information and referral service that can direct to specific resources (food, health, housing…)
  • Neighbourhood Facebook Group
  • Alloprof for help with French homework
  • 📚 Innovation-Youth’s children’s library is open twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays from 2pm to 6pm. No appointment needed anymore!! 3-4 families welcome at a time
    • Grace, our wonderful librarian, continues to offer you books bundles – register here and choose a time to come pick them up
  • Looking for another activity in Ville-Marie? Check out the borough’s website for the latest news about services and events (in French)