Compensatory Work

Another way to pay off debts

The Compensatory Work program gives citizens who are unable to pay their fines the opportunity to get involved in the community while working off their debt. Participants perform different kinds of tasks for free for one of the program’s partners, which include non-profit, para-municipal and para-governmental organizations.

Based on decades of experience, the program facilitates the integration of participants referred by the YMCA into host organizations. These organizations offer work assignments to participants so they may help them better accomplish their mission.   

The types of work include:  

  • General manual labour:
    • help with caretaking;
    • sorting clothes and food;
    • indoor and outdoor maintenance;  
    • kitchen help or dishwashing;
    • carrying boxes;  
    • general help with renovations, etc.
  • Office work:
    • data entry;
    • answering the phone;
    • making phone calls;
    • reception and filing documents, etc.
  • Working with different kinds of clients:
    • facilitating activities;
    • accompanying clients;
    • helping with homework;
    • serving meals, etc.

Does your association need a helping hand for daily tasks or a special project? 

Download the information on how to become an accredited program partner.

You have chosen to participate in the program to compensate for your fine?

Download the procedure to follow now.

For any questions or assistance:  
Phone: 514 849-8062 (Montréal)
Phone: 418 525-9622 (Québec) 

Program partners

“The Compensatory Work program really helps out our organization. Often, it has allowed us to bring a certain degree of stability to our services. It also encourages participants to become involved in their community. Many of the participants have stayed on as volunteers within our organization after completing their assignment.

Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal

“Participants help me keep the building in good working order. It’s just me and one other caretaker. If it wasn’t for the program, I wouldn’t be able to make it.” 

Comité social Centre-Sud

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