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About the caisse

Each Caisse member is also a co-owner of the Caisse. Find out more about caisse operations.


  • Provide financing and specialized financial advice that helps self-employed cultural workers build financial security.
  • Offer specialized financial services that meet the needs of cultural companies and organizations.
  • Provide collective support for initiatives, activities, and projects that advance the development of the cultural and creative sector.
  • Be an agent of socioeconomic development in the cultural and creative sector.

Our Values

  • Cooperation
  • Commitment
  • Openness
  • Solidarity
  • Equity
  • Promotion of the French language in our workplace

Our Actions

  • The caisse is dedicated solely to the cultural and creative sector, and contributes by returning every dollar to the sector and creating of added value.
  • The caisse contributes concretely to the development of entrepreneurial skills, stimulates the growth of companies and organizations, and promotes technological innovation in the cultural and creative sector.
  • The caisse is an agent of socioeconomic development, redistributing $280,000 annually in the form of support for development projects for new workers, organizations and companies in the cultural and creative sector.

The idea of Caisse de la culture, serving the needs of Union des artistes (UDA) members, was born at the annual UDA convention, under then-president Serge Turgeon. The idea took shape and on May 2, 1994, Caisse de la Culture was created, with actor and professor Yvon Thiboutot at the helm. Other organizations quickly became members, most notably Guilde des musiciens et musiciennes du Québec, Union des écrivaines et écrivains québécois, Société des auteurs de radio, télévision et cinéma, Regroupement québécois de la danse, and Regroupement des artistes en arts visuels. Today, the caisse has earned the trust of most professional associations and groups and counts almost 7000 members.

Through the Annual General Meeting, your caisse calls on you. It gives you the opportunity to participate in a variety of consultations such as how surplus earnings should be allocated. It also gives you the opportunity to exercise your right to vote to adopt or amend caisse by-laws and elect the officers who sit on the Board of Directors and Board of Supervision.

The last Annual General Meeting of the Caisse de la Culture was held on April 16, 2011. The Caisse's balance sheet and financial results were presented to members. The Board of Directors and Board of Supervision both reported to the annual meeting.

Elections were also held at this meeting.

For details, see caisse financial results.

Officers elected at the last Annual General Meeting

During the last Annual General Meeting held on April 16, 2011, members elected or re-elected 5 officers to represent them. They are:

  • Jacques L'Heureux (Union des artistes) (Board of Directors)
  • Marie Bouvier (UQAM) (Board of Directors)
  • Nicole Chicoine (Office national du film) (Board of Directors)
  • Michel Laperrière (Union des artistes) (Board of Directors)
  • Sylviane Martineau (Union des artistes) (Board of Directors)

At the October 26, 2009 Caisse Special General Meeting, Caisse internal by-laws were amended. From now on, the Board of Directors is made up of 13 members elected from the following groups and associations: the Union des artistes (7), National Film Board (2), Union des écrivains du Québec (1), Université du Québec à Montréal (1), Sartec (1), other groups (1). Elected members do not represent the associations or organizations they belong to, but they bring to the Board knowledge specific to each association or organization's community.