Since 2003, Alternatives has been working towards the creation of affordable, ecologically viable and participative food systems through various urban agriculture projects in Canada and abroad.
Let’s cultivate greener spaces and build stronger communities!
Building on skills of the youth, Alternatives’ internships put emphasis on the importance of social action, while also fostering a deeper understanding of the realities of the Global South.
We believe that engaged citizens can build more sustainable and just societies.
As a member of Alternatives, you become a part of a global family that defends democracy and the environment, supporting social movements for the dignity of the people.
Becoming Alternatives means supporting the development and construction of social movements’ initiatives on the struggle for the recognition of economical, social, political, cultural and environmental rights.
It is through your financial contribution that Alternatives can continue to discover, grow and build change. Aside from the financial support, your contribution allows us to realize our strong social commitment, legitimizing our political pressure for real social, environmental, and political change.
Since 1994, Alternatives has been a leader in the development of alternatives to globalization in Canada and abroad. Alternatives’ team possesses valuable expertise in the fight against poverty, in the strengthening of democracy, and in the promotion of economic, social and political rights in our societies.
Since our founding, we have accomplished hundreds of projects with multiple partners in over 35 countries. Alternatives and its allies are active in the areas of:
All year-round, our members and volunteers actively support more than 25 projects in urban agriculture. These projects are developed in partnership with universities, elementary and secondary schools, senior citizens centers, and community groups and organizations throughout Montreal and other regions of Quebec. Internationally, our interns share their expertise and increase their knowledge of urban agriculture thanks to our partners in Mali, Senegal, Cameroon, Mexico, Cuba and Haiti.
Through our project "Feeding Citizens," our urban gardeners fight urban heat islands and food deserts, by maintaining community gardens and training engaged citizens.
Every year, more than 30 youths participate in an internship facilitated by Alternatives with one of our partners abroad. Our interns benefit from innovative and exciting opportunities, helping to organize communities, build international solidarity and stand in defense of human rights. Through activities in journalism, environmental action, information and communication technology, as well as organizational development, interns discover the meaning of international solidarity.
Among our internship opportunities, we offer: