1982 : Launch of La Relance – Atelier de réadaptation au travail, an employment rehabilitation centre founded by psychologist Jacques Bertrand and criminologist Denise Descoeurs. It’s the first job integration company in Quebec.
1983 : Opening of a Gulf Canada service station. La Relance welcomes its very first trainee.
1984 : Construction of our first car wash. La Relance signs a 10-year lease with Gulf Canada.
1985 : La Relance welcomes 34 youth: the client demographic is getting younger.
1986 : Creation of a second job integration company, Hebdo Ménage, a commercial cleaning and janitorial service.
1988 : Roll-out of a pilot “Job Placement Club” project.
1991 : Creation of the Employment Assistance Service (club).
1993 : Creation of the Job Finding Strategy program.
1995 : La Relance joins the Collectif des entreprises d’insertion du Québec.
1997 : Implementation of Vélo Communautaire +, a community bike-sharing program for which La Relance receives an award.
1998 : Implementation of the Specialized Service for People with Disabilities (SSPD).
1999 : La Relance comes to the rescue of Rebuts solides canadiens, a private Hull-based cardboard and paper sorting company that employs persons with disabilities and is about to relocate to Montréal.
2001 : La Relance goes green: launch of the Computers for Schools Technology Centre (CFSTC), forerunner of La Relance Technology Service (LRTS). The Service Centre moves to 270 St-Laurent Blvd., now called Des Allumettières Blvd.
2006 : Roll-out of an employer awareness program about hiring people with disabilities. Introduction of “Employment Tuesdays.”
2007 : Opening of Valoritec, an electronics recycling and repair company.
2009 : Adoption of La Relance’s environmental policy. Opening of Transport La Relance.
2010 : Valoritec obtains ISO 14001:2004 certification. Opening of Souvenir Unique.
2011 : Implementation of the Le PONT program. LRTS obtains ISO 14001:2004 certification. First Super Job Dating session for people age 50 and over.
2014 : A change in management: after 32 years, La Relance founder Jacques Bertrand steps down as general manager. He is succeeded by the current G.M., André Landry.
For more information:
Booklet, La Relance Outaouais: 30 ans à entreprendre (French only)