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Social Responsibility

The Montréal Science Centre takes social responsibility seriously. In recent years, we’ve invested in concrete measures to support sustainable development and accessibility as well as community relations. Our efforts on these fronts are ongoing.

Sustainable Development

The Montréal Science Centre is in the heart of Montréal’s Old Port, a splendid 2.5 km area rich in urban plant life located alongside one of the largest rivers on the American continents. The Science Centre engages in popularizing science, notably as it pertains to key societal issues, including climate change. Sustainable development is consequently an integral aspect of our mandate. We are pleased to share with you the leading initiatives we have put forward over the last few years:

Greenhouse gases

  • We recover heat from key pieces of equipment and use it to heat one of our buildings.
  • We installed charging stations at King Edward Quay and offer free charging for electric vehicles.

Reducing, restoring, recovering

  • We have a food waste collection area for composting that is also geared towards raising awareness.
  • We have significantly reduced the use of plastic straws at the IMAX®TELUS theatre.
  • We have purchased cups and popcorn bags made from compostable materials.
  • We have adopted new distribution methods for visitor information (i.e. signage, wall-size floor plans, website) to significantly reduce the number of printed materials we produce.
  • We have significantly reduced in the number of printed flyers in our display racks.
  • We only purchase recycled paper for internal use and have reduced our overall consumption of paper.
  • We have installed digital displays to replace printed-material bulletin boards.
  • We have replaced individual non-recyclable plastic dairy milkers with recyclable milk cartons.
  • We use reusable (rather than disposable) 3D glasses in the IMAX®TELUX theatre.

 


Community Relations

The Montréal Science Centre’s mission is to make science accessible to the widest public possible.

  • With the help of our Foundation, we have offered thousands of free Science Centre passes to underprivileged families on an ongoing basis since 2001. (learn more about The Foundation)
  • With the help of La tablée des chefs, we redistribute to the community all food surplus generated by events held in the Science Centre’s rental halls.
  • During Montréal Museums Day events, the Science Centre offers the public free access to all our permanent exhibitions. (learn more at the Musées Montreal website)
  • Since the launch of the Women and Girls of Science initiative in 2018 (whose aim is to encourage girls from Greater Montréal to explore careers in science), the Science Centre has welcomed more than 1,500 girls aged 17 and under at no charge and introduced them to inspiring women engaged in science. (learn more about the Women and Girls of Science)
  • We travel to areas located more than 80 km from Montréal to offer educational group activities.
  • We disseminate scientific content on web-based platforms (blogs, online games, videos, etc.).

 

Acknowledgement of First Peoples and Traditional Territory  

The Montréal Science Centre acknowledges that it is located on unceded, ancestral Indigenous lands historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations.

We recognize the importance of being mindful of our responsibilities towards Indigenous peoples. We consider it essential to act as allies in the reconciliation process. The The Montréal Science Centre believes it is its duty to help raise greater awareness about Indigenous cultures and support their ongoing vitality.

Mini Menu, a food activity for families with children aged 0-7 years 

Held in October 2021, this event aimed to create a special moment dedicated to families with an immigrant background. They had the opportunity to visit the brand new Mini Mondo Exhibition and to participate in two exclusive workshops involving food.
This event was organized in collaboration with organizations called Cuisine et vie collectives Saint-Roch, Singa Québec and the Centre de Ressources et d’Action communautaire de la Petite-Patrie.

The event began with a visit to the Mini Mondo Exhibition. Then, two exclusive workshops were offered:

  • A parent-child cooking workshop: families were able to cook a snack to eat on site and / or to take home. The recipe: simple, no-bake energy balls for young children to fully participate.
  • A matching game "From the garden to the house": using a basket of fresh vegetables, the children had fun identifying the plant on which each food grew. They were able to discover these vegetables with all their senses. The families each left with their basket of fresh vegetables.

The participating families had Spanish, Arabic, Bengali, Daïri, French and English as mother tongues.

The vegetables offered were locally produced by farmers with an immigrant background. Likewise, the vegetable transport bags came from Petites Mains, a social reintegration organization for immigrant women.

 


Accessibility

An Accessible Site

As part of our commitment to Canada’s Act to ensure a barrier-free Canada (Bill C-81), we will be working towards improving accessibility features on our website as well as promoting accessibility across our services and our installations. As such, we are pleased to share with you our summary of accessibilty upgrades 2021-2022 and our action plan for 2022-2024.

Learn more about 2021-2022 accessibility upgrades

Learn more about all our planned improvements for 2022-2024

The Montréal Science Centre was certified as an accessible site for persons with reduced mobility. Our establishment is compliant with the majority of the accessibility rating requirements outlined by Kéroul (a non-profit organization promoting accessibility for cultural and tourist activities). As such, we are supporting the autonomy of persons with reduced mobility. Consult our Kéroul profile.

 

The Peaceful Morning: events created especially for young people with special needs


In order to promote accessibility, the Montréal Science Centre developed a new event in 2021 called The Peaceful Mornings. These three events are part of a process that aims to adapt the Science Centre facilities and to offer new training to employees in order to offer the best conditions for people with special needs. The Peaceful Mornings are reserved exclusively for them, as well as their families and accompanying persons.
For all the details on these mornings, click here. 

A guide for accompanying people with special needs


This guide, also designed in 2021, was developed with the objective to help accompanying people plan their visit at the Science Centre and to think about it when they are there. This presents the environment that awaits visitors, the spaces dedicated to tranquility, the hygiene rooms and the content of all the exhibitions. This will allow them to choose the activities and interactivity that best suit their young people according to their needs. All the information you need to fully enjoy your experience is there!

Permanente Exhibition: download the guide here

Feature Exhibition: download the guide here

To Reach Us

We’re here to listen if you have any questions, suggestions or comments about accessibility. Contact us and a member of our team will be happy to follow up with you.

514 496-7678  /  1 800 971-7678
accessibility@oldportofmontreal.com