Montréalers in action during the COVID-19 crisis
Ask anyone what makes Montréal such a unique and welcoming destination and you’ll always get the same answer: it’s the people. Montrealers are passionate about their city and love to lend a hand to help their communities thrive. During these difficult times, that can-do spirit of creativity and mutual support is shining brighter than ever.
MT Lab’s catalogue of solutions
To find solutions to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 crisis, MT Lab, Montréal’s incubator for tourism industry startups, is connecting businesses and community groups with innovative startups ready to adapt their products and services to provide concrete solutions for specific needs. Projects include Prologue AI’s interactive map of businesses that are open in the Montréal area and Stimulation Déjà Vu’s 3-in-1 antibacterial spray, a disinfectant and hydrating hand solution made with 80% alcohol. The catalogue of solutions on MT Lab’s website provides an extensive list (in French only, for now) of startups offering services to help businesses and communities through the crisis.
Solidarity Kitchens for Québec food banks
Montréal’s top chefs have banded together to create “Cuisines solidaires” an initiative to provide meals for the city’s most vulnerable populations. They are working with La Tablée des Chefs to make over 1,600,000 meals for Québec food banks. The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel has offered their vast kitchen space and equipment to help with food preparation.
The Montréal Botanical Garden doubles vegetable production to donate
The Montréal Botanical Garden will double its production of vegetables and donate crops to the city’s food banks during the current crisis. Although growing food gardens is not its primary mission, the Botanical Garden already had two gardens reserved for vegetables: the Food Garden, which educates visitors about the plants we grow for nourishment, and the Youth Gardens, which introduces young people aged 8 to 15 to the art of gardening.
Montréal hotels offer respite for healthcare workers
Despite facing unprecedented challenges, many Montréal hoteliers have come together to offer respite to healthcare workers in metropolitan-area hospitals at very affordable prices. L’opération solidarité, an initiative led by the Hotel Association of Greater Montréal, allows healthcare workers on the frontline of the crisis to eliminate unnecessary travel and limit the risk of spreading the virus while getting a restful night’s sleep. And, of course, hotels have been implementing heightened sanitary measures for several weeks already.