L’ÉTAPE has for mission to help the integration and retention in the workplace for people with disabilities.

The Board of Directors

Michel Nadeau

Michel Nadeau


Régis Boudreau

Régis Boudreau


François Lamarre

François Lamarre


Robert Hattem


Marie-Pierre Lachapelle


By email:

By mail:

La Bourgade inc.
1001, boul. de Maisonneuve East, Suite
Montréal, Qc H2L 4P9

L’étape - Montréal

Macdiany Bastien

Absent for an indefinite period


François Huard

General manager


514 526-0887 Ext. 311

Chantal Guimond

Assistant executive


514 526-0887 Ext. 312

Mickaël Dulin



514 526-0887 Ext. 318

Sandra Hotte

Secretary and Receptionist


514 526-0887 Ext. 310

Pierre-Luc Richard

Employment Counsellor


514 526-0887 Ext. 314

Davina Kuang

Employment Counsellor


514 526-0887 Ext. 334

Valérie Huppé

Counsellor – CIT Renewals


514 526-0887 Ext. 332

Marika Tessier

Counsellor – job retention


514 526-0887 Ext. 317

Martine Benoit

Employment counsellor


514-526-0887 Ext. 322

Jean Olivier

Head of Documentation Center


514-526-0887 Ext. 321

Emily Mailhot

Employment counsellor


514-526-0887 Ext. 316

L’étape - Laval

François Huard

General manager


514 526-0887 Ext. 311

Carmen Olari

Administrative secretary


450 667-9999 Ext. 222

Théodosie Nduwayo

Employment counsellor


450 667-9999 Ext. 226

Janie Sasseville

Counsellor – job retention


450 667-9999 Ext. 225

Vladimir Guillaume

Employment counsellor


450-667-9999 Ext. 227

(Français) Mamadou Hawa Balde

Counsellor – job retention


514-526-0887 Ext. 224

Roula Abi Rached

Employment Counsellor


450-667-9999 Ext. 229

Vanessa Couture

Employment counsellor


450-6667-9999 Ext. 228


Our professional integration services encompass the whole process of employability of people with disabilities to ultimately help them find employment.


Our job counsellors offer services that are essentially focused on the individual needs of people with disabilities, in a context of job search.

We first conduct a thorough evaluation of the employability of the person with a disability. To do so, we take into consideration the disability production process, functional capabilities, education level, work and paraprofessional experience, and financial situation of the person. This evaluation process ensures that our counsellors have all the information needed to effectively help people in their job search. In summary, L’ÉTAPE offers full professional integration services to assist people with disabilities in their job search.


The objective of this employability process is to bring workers with disabilities to reach their full potential by focusing on their strengths and skills while taking their aspirations into account.

In fact, professional integration allows people with disabilities to develop their individual autonomy and optimize their strengths.

Our goal is to ensure the person is fully involved in the job search process. In fact people benefit on the long-term from such an involvement for the success of their professional integration depends on it for a great part.

  • Respect: we respect all individuals, regardless of their capacities and physical or intellectual disabilities, their beliefs, medical condition, etc.

  • Autonomy: we believe that every individual has the potential to achieve his/her objectives

  • Cooperation: in our decision-making, our work with our participants, and with our partners

  • Adaptability: of our services and ability of being solution-focused according to the disability and needs of each individual

  • Integrity: in all our interventions, we ensure that our approach is honest and keeping with the values we have set for our organization. We will also ensure that all information mentioned during the meetings will remain confidential.

  • We have been helping people with disabilities for 40 years.

  • Every year, close to 750 people with disabilities benefit from the assistance and coaching of the counsellors from L’ÉTAPE Montréal and Laval.

  • In 2015-2016, close to 75% of the persons we helped found employment. We have also contributed in increasing employability and integration of people with disabilities in the workplace.

  • 83% of people with disabilities that benefited from the services provided by L’ÉTAPE are still employed after three months.

  • Did you know that 770 000 people, which corresponds to 10.67% of the population of Quebec, live with a hearing disability? (Source: http://www.cqda.org)


Mr. De Césaré, a man with a disability, completes his bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer sciences and starts looking for employment. In job interviews, despite his academic qualifications, employment recruiters were not enquiring about his professional skills and abilities. They were all asking him what accommodations in the workplace would be necessary considering his disability.
Mr. De Césaré and a group of dynamic people decided to join forces to help people who were facing the same situation. They created L’ÉTAPE to offer specialized employment service to people with disabilities and help them find their place in the workplace.
After only one year, the results were beyond expectations. “To get a job, people with disabilities had to follow some STEPS (ÉTAPES in French, thus the name of the organization). Employers that wanted to hire a person with a disability also had to engage in a series of steps. The group concluded that if they join forces, everything was possible.


La Bourgade inc., an organization fostering the creation of resources to help people living with a hearing disability decided to take over L’ÉTAPE, which allows the implementation of an employment integration service for people living with a hearing disability as well as offering coaching to people with physical disabilities.


L’ÉTAPE continues its growth and opens a centre in Laval to offer specialized services for the employment integration and retention of people living with a physical, hearing or intellectual disability, or with an autism spectrum disorder.


Since 2018, L’ÉTAPE-Montréal can also support people with autisme spectrum disorder and people with intellectual disabilities in their job search.

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