Game-changer Gift

Fondation Marcelle et Jean Coutu gives $3.5 million to the Miriam Foundation to help young children with autism spectrum disorders and intellectual disabilities.

March 29, 2021 – Montréal – With a pledge of $3.5 million dollars over the next three years The Fondation Marcelle et Jean Coutu is once again leading the way in supporting the Miriam Foundation (Miriam) to provide much-needed assessment services and early intervention programs for young children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and intellectual disorders (IDs).

 “This gift is a game-changer for children with ASD and IDs - and for their families,” said Miriam’s President and CEO Warren Greenstone. “At the moment, parents are waiting months to have their children assessed in the over-burdened public system, and these months are absolutely critical to a child’s development. Thanks to this generous donation, the Miriam Intervention Program at the Gold Centre will be able to carry-out approximately 125 assessments every year and help more children get the services they need through our diverse range of subsidized private early intervention services.”

Early assessment followed by early intervention is the most effective way to enhance a child’s development. The Miriam Intervention Program’s assessment and intervention services are offered at the Gold Centre, located in the west-end of the city. They are open to the Greater Montréal community and will be provided at a subsidized cost to families. Referrals will not be required.

“We are extremely proud to support the Miriam Foundation and its Intervention Programs,” stated Marie-Josée Coutu, President of the Fondation Marcelle et Jean Coutu. “Miriam is a leader in promoting early childhood assessment and intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder and developmental disorders, and the programs and services it provides through the Gold Centre have been changing lives of children and families for decades.”

“Thanks to the vision and generosity of the Fondation Marcelle et Jean Coutu, we will be able to continue to ease some of the burden on the public system and help even more people with autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disabilities lead fulfilling lives,” added the Chairman of the Miriam Foundation, Tony Meti. “The Fondation is a leader in supporting autism research and treatment, and we are honoured to count it as one of our most important and long-standing partners. This is the second time the Coutu family has stepped up to the plate to ensure families benefit from early assessment and support”




Devoted to philanthropic goals, the Foundation allocates its private funds in Canada, in the form of financial assistance, to projects for the poor, women and child abuse, as well as projects supporting education, and to fight drug addictions. In addition, the Foundation works in several developing countries.


The Miriam Foundation is dedicated to encouraging the funding, enhancing, and supporting of innovative clinical, residential, educational and leisure intervention programs aimed to improve the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities, autism and/or neuro developmental disorders. The Miriam Foundation believes that every person deserves to live in a nurturing environment in order to realize their unique social potential as happy, contributing members of society.


Erin Matheson
Fondation Miriam Foundation
5703, rue Ferrier, Mont-Royal, QC H4P 1N3
Tel. 514.345.1300 x 132 | [email protected]

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