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Involvement in the community

The caisse understands the challenges and issues facing its members. With their support, it can provide its fellow citizens with valuable help regarding initiatives aimed at common betterment and the advancement of society.

The caisse has a help fund that serves to redistribute a portion of the cooperative's surplus earnings to the community. Following a proposal by the Board of Directors, members decide, during the Annual General Meeting, what portion of the surplus earnings will be paid into the help fund. With the help of their caisse, members can support causes that are important to them.

The members who sit on the Board of Directors manage the help fund. Every year, they report on the fund during the Annual General Meeting.

To submit a request, simply fill out the form (PDF, 95 KB) and forward it to the Caisse.

Caisse populaire Trillium practices intercooperation whenever possible and, with a view to maximizing the scope of its efforts, regularly joins forces with Caisse populaire Rideau-Vision d'Ottawa.

Caisse populaire Trillium also maximizes the scope of its efforts with caisses in Outaouais and eastern Ontario:

  • Caisse populaire d'Alfred
  • Caisse populaire de Hawkesbury
  • Caisse populaire de la Vallée inc.
  • Caisse populaire de Cornwall Inc.
  • Caisse populaire Nouvel-Horizon
  • Caisse Desjardins de Hull
  • Caisse Desjardins de Gatineau

Caisse populaire Trillium La Cité collégiale Bursary Fund

The Caisse populaire Trillium fund offers bursaries to students with special needs to help them pursue their studies at La Cité collégiale.

The Caisse and the Fondation de La Cité collégiale organize a benefit golf tournament each year to raise money for this fund.

Monument de la francophonie d'Ottawa

The Caisse populaire Trillium invites you to visit its head office, located at 1173 chemin Cyrville, where you can admire the Monument de la francophonie d'Ottawa. The giant flag celebrates the contribution of Francophones to the economic and cooperative sectors.

As you approach this architectural work, you will notice 7 monuments leading up to the 90-foot flagpole holding a 15-by-30-foot Franco-Ontarian flag. These monuments represent the increasingly great achievements of our builders, the entrepreneurs and businesspeople who were the foundation for the economic growth of the French-speaking Ottawa community.

The monuments, placed in a line, represent the journey from yesterday to today: from 1610, the year the first French-speaking entrepreneurs, Samuel de Champlain and Etienne Brûlé, arrived, to the new millennium. The first monument, smaller and a little isolated, symbolizes the first homes and the founding of Ottawa, or rather, as it was called back then, Bytown. This monument is following by 5 others, each more impressive than the last, highlighting great business successes, signs of the prosperous Ottawa economy. The 7th monument, an unfinished granite block, has been left incomplete, a symbol of the future that has yet to be built. It is a monument that echoes the theme of Cooperation Week: "Together, let's build the future!"

For more information on this project, visit

Christmas baskets

Each year, the Caisse helps purchase Christmas baskets for local disadvantaged families.

To learn more, see the news item about the Caisse's contributions: Distribution de paniers de Noël, de jouets et de denrées non périssables par des temps difficiles (in French only, PDF, 1.8 MB1)

New Ottawa Mutual Aid Fund

The Fonds d'entraide Ottawa helps people in financial difficulty by providing financing to Ottawa families who don't have access to traditional credit subject to the usual credit analyses.

Desjardins and the caisse populaires of Ottawa have donated $38,000 to the Fonds d'entraide Ottawa, an initiative that reflects Desjardins's values of community strength, financial education and community development.

Desjardins has had mutual aid funds for several years but it's a first in Ontario. This partnership illustrates the efforts of the Desjardins caisses populaires in Ottawa and Entraide budgétaire Ottawa to meet community needs in a tangible way, by helping people and families in difficulty and focusing on prevention.

Diane Derom, Vice-President of Business Development Support, Ontario Executive Division, and Françoise Viau, President of the Ottawa Mutual Aid Fund Board of Directors, signing the partnership agreement between the 2 institutions.

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