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Help us understand your social connections

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Strengthen social ties and
co-build community resilience to deal with crises

Context and objectives

This study focuses on the social ties of Montrealers. The data collected will enable public authorities and community organizations to implement strategies to support social interactions and foster collective resilience.

To do this, we need to understand your social ties. Do you enjoy good relations with your neighbors? Do you do volunteer work? Do you like your neighborhood? With whom do you discuss important matters?

That's what we'd like to know. Your answers are invaluable, as they will help us to build more resilient neighborhoods capable of adapting and overcoming vulnerabilities or crises, using the strength of social ties.

Perhaps you were affected by the last ice storm? Perhaps you helped people without power at the time?

In any case, this study concerns you! Every voice counts!
The project is carried out by researchers from the Cité-ID Living Lab of the École nationale d’administration publique and the SphereLab of the University of Montreal in collaboration with the City of Montreal, the Regional Department of Public Health of Montreal as well as the Foundation of Greater Montreal. The research is funded by the Ministry of Economy, Innovation and Energy of Quebec.

A study on social ties: yes, but why?

By analyzing social ties, social habits, perceptions and places of interaction, this research aims to better understand social capital in neighborhoods.

Our social connections play a leading role in several areas of our lives, such as the health and well-being of individuals, mutual support in neighborhoods and the capacity for innovation. Among all the benefits associated with social ties, this study focuses on individual and collective resilience in the face of urban stress and crises.

This research will produce a portrait of social ties in neighborhoods after the COVID-19 pandemic.

This data will enable us to better target the activities of organizations and anticipate the role of social ties in the face of future crises.


We invite you to answer a few questions about your social ties, your neighborhood and the places you frequent.

A draw for 15 gift cards worth $100 in groceries will be held among all respondents.



All residents aged 16 and over in these six Montreal territories: the boroughs of LaSalle, Montreal-North, Pierrefonds-Roxboro, St-Léonard, as well as the neighborhood of Côte-des-Neiges and the neighborhood of Centre-Sud in the Ville-Marie borough.


Answer a few questions

Fill in the online questionnaire. It will take about 10 to 15 minutes.


Annual measurement of social connections

To track the evolution of social connections, participants will be asked to complete the survey once a year until 2025.

Use of data

This project mobilizes municipal authorities as well as organizations from the health, community and philanthropic sectors to foster the collective resilience of neighborhoods and improve social ties.

Each year, a co-construction workshop for knowledge sharing and reflection will be held with interested organizations. The aim of this workshop is to discuss the results of the survey, identify the main issues and ways of fostering social ties. An analysis report will also be published each year.

For details of the next workshop, visit the Events section or sign up for our newsletter.

Help us understand
your social connections