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About the caisse

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


The mission of the Caisse de la Culture is:

  • To help self-employed and salaried workers in the cultural, communications and knowledge industries in Quebec build their financial wealth and secure their long-term financial situation.
  • To offer specialized financial services adapted to cultural and communications businesses.
  • To collectively support structuring approaches, activities and projects for cultural and communications communities.


The Caisse de la Culture is:

  • A cooperative financial institution that serves the cultural, communications and knowledge industries and that is shaped by its values: mutual aid, integrity, and solidarity accessible to all.
  • A cooperative financial institution that supports creativity in Quebec, as well as initiatives to popularize and promote the arts here and abroad.
  • A cooperative financial institution that values the French language and uses it well in the workplace.

The vision to create a caisse de la Culture that would meet the distinctive needs of the Union des artistes arose from a conference of the UDA, which was led by Serge Turgeon at that time. The project crystallized and since the Caisse de l'Office national du film was willing to share its experience with the whole cultural community, the Caisse de la Culture was founded on May 2, 1994, with actor Yvon Thiboutôt as president.

Other organizations soon joined the Caisse, including the Quebec Musicians' Guild and the Union des écrivaines et écrivains québécois (UNEQ). Three years later, in 1997, the Caisse opened its doors to the academic sector, by including the Université du Québec à Montréal.

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.