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Involvement in the community

The caisse enriches the lives of individuals and communities through its financial and human contributions. It supports projects that meet the needs and expectations of its members. Desjardins is an important socioeconomic leader in the community and works alongside several partners.

Through donations, sponsorships and contributions from the Community Development Fund, the caisse supports multiple local and regional initiatives in various sectors.

The Community Development Fund (CDF), also called community dividends, is made possible by the caisse's yearly surplus earnings. During the annual general meeting, members vote on the amount allocated to the CDF. This is a way for all caisse members to support the development of their community and important projects.

The caisse now accepts financial aid applications for projects 5 times a year. Applications are analyzed by the Cooperation Committee, which is made up of caisse directors.

Important dates:

Submission deadline*Analysis by the Cooperation Committee*Decision from the board of directors
January 31, 2023February 17, 2023February 28, 2023
April 30, 2023May 19, 2023May 30, 2023
May 31, 2023June 16, 2023June 20, 2023
August 30, 2023September 15, 2023September 26, 2023
October 31, 2023November 15, 2023December 5, 2023

*Dates can change without notice. You'll only receive an answer once the board of directors has approved your application.

The 4 investment* priorities for the fund are:

  • Tourism
  • Agriculture
  • Culture
  • Healthy living

*The committee will analyze any project that meets a need in the community.

Your caisse is proud to support organizations and community projects in the region. Requests for donations and sponsorships follow the same schedule and evaluation process as requests for financial assistance.

Read the caisse's investment policy (in French only, PDF, 1072 KB) - This link will open in a new window.

Fill out the partnership application form - This link will open in a new window.

Desjardins Mutual Assistance Funds

This solidarity-based product, in partnership with Groupe de recherche en animation et planification économique (GRAPE) and l'ACEF de Québec, aims to help people experiencing financial difficulty through various budget consulting services and emergency loans, if necessary.

Desjardins Microcredit to Businesses

The result of a partnership between the caisses of Québec-Est and Fonds d'emprunt Québec, Desjardins Microcredit to Businesses is a solidarity-based product that considerably improves access to credit for small businesses and self-employed workers. It helps people or groups that are not eligible for financing from traditional networks by giving them access to financing and guiding them in accomplishing their business project. A total of 2,330 jobs have been created and maintained over 12 years.

Congratulations to our 2023 winner, Julie Hébert

Gabrielle-Bouffard and Oscar-Ferland Recognition Award

Every year since 1999, Caisse Desjardins de L'Île-d'Orléans has recognized the involvement of a volunteer who has stood out for their cooperative, social or community work.

The contest is open to all caisse members over 18 who have volunteered on Île d'Orléans. The person cannot already have received the prize.

Read the contest rules (in French only, PDF, 228 KB)

See the list of past winners (in French only, PDF, 2.4 MB)

The call for nominations runs from November 1 to December 1, 2023, and the winner will be announced during the caisse's annual general meeting in spring 2024.

Fill out the nomination form (in French only)