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Solidarity behaviors

How can we ensure that the community spirit Montrealers have adopted during the COVID-19 pandemic persists after the crisis?

Photo by Joel Muniz on Unsplash

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced governments, institutions, businesses, and citizens to deal with major constraints to combat the spread of the virus. This state of crisis has imposed on the public several behavioural changes, many of which have proven beneficial to the environment, community living and resilience. For example: community spirit among neighbours, buying locally, support for vulnerable populations, using active transportation, etc.

Because these behaviours have emerged in a unique and time-bound situation, it is important to ask ourselves which behaviours are favourable and how we can ensure they persist after the crisis to avoid bringing back habits that are harmful to the development of a resilient city.

Montréal food-aid ecosystem and COVID-19 impacts 

As Montreal copes with the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, the food aid ecosystem has encountered major challenges throughout the supply, sorting and distribution chain. 

Participants in this project interviewed five local organizations involved in sorting and distribution - and identified four main areas of impact: 

  • Operations and personnel 
  • Supply chain 
  • Financing 
  • Type of users 

Through interviews with several local food banks, this project demonstrates the short- and long-term effects of the pandemic on food aid and makes recommendations on how the city of Montreal could help sustain the ecosystem. 


Students (fall 2020)

  • Magalie Han
  • Rachel Simmons
  • Alan Stewart


  • Ville de Montréal (Bureau de la transition écologique et de la résilience)
  • Irène Cloutier
  • Vanessa Damiani


  • MANA 668 – Sustainable Business Strategies (John Molson School of Business)
  • Raymond Paquin (Professor)
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