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Sustainable development charter

Values and approach

La Lutinerie de Montréal is committed to the sustainable development of society, i.e. development that reconciles environmental, social and economic aspects in an integrated and balanced way.


Responsible event management is part of the DNA of the project, whose mission has always been to participate in efforts to revitalize the economy, enhance heritage, promote social inclusion and solidarity, and protect the environment. From the outset, this has been reflected in the creation of a structure based on volunteer work, human exchanges and local collaboration, a production method based on recycling, second-hand purchases and short circuits, the setting of the event in an authentic environment far from the beaten track, and so on.


A sustainable vision

Solidarity and collaboration

As the project grows and its stakeholders diversify, it was deemed appropriate, at the start of 2019, to cast this sustainable vision of the company, which is also a core value of ours, into the present Charter, to make sure we don’t lose sight of it.


The Sustainable Development Charter was thus approved by the Board of Directors on February 14, 2019, and comes into force on April 1, 2019. It is addressed to all the project’s stakeholders, i.e. not only the organization’s managers and staff, but also partners and all event participants – exhibitors, artists, visitors.


It is supplemented and implemented, as far as exhibitors are concerned, by binding provisions that are integrated into the general conditions of rental of chalets and spaces.

Responsible event management in Montreal

Our commitment is in line with Quebec’s Sustainable Development Act, the City of Montreal’s Plan “Sustainable Montreal 2016-2020, the “Modèle d’évaluation des pratiques sociales” developed by Festivals Événements Québec (FEQ), and the BNQ 9700-253 standard for responsible event management, as recognized by the Bureau de normalisation du Québec in collaboration with the Conseil québécois des événements écoresponsables.


This voluntary approach to progress, supported by the NPO’s Board of Directors, falls within the scope of corporate social responsibility.

Targeted actions

1. Act for natural environment

Participate in better management of both resource consumption and residual materials, in particular by preferring/encouraging:

  • The use of renewable energies;
  • Rationalization of travel, local purchasing and environmentally-friendly means of transport;
  • Rationalization of energy consumption;
  • Waste sorting, recycling and second-hand purchasing;
  • Rationalizing water use;
  • Reducing paper consumption;
  • Reducing the use of plastic;
  • Planting trees and flowers;
  • Protecting pollinating insects and biodiversity in general.

2. Acting for the social environment

Contribute to the development of a safer, freer, more ethical and supportive society, in particular by favouring/encouraging :

  • Personal safety;
  • Transparency, equity and good governance;
  • Freedom of action and thought without political or financial incentives;
  • Inclusive growth, equal opportunity and multiculturalism, with particular attention to all minorities and vulnerable groups (economically disadvantaged, women, aboriginal peoples, official language minority communities, youth, the elderly, people with disabilities, newcomers to Canada, etc.);
  • Commitment and sharing.

3. Acting for the economic environment

Participate in local and regional economic development, in particular by promoting :

  • Exchanges with local communities and economic players;
  • Opening up to tourism;
  • Skills development to support employability (especially among young people and new arrivals).