The president of a cultural organization complained to the Ombudsman de Montréal to obtain a municipal subsidy for the year 2005, for the group she represented.

She explained that in 2004, they had received two different subsidies through a municipal program supporting cultural organizations and that, at the time, Ville de Montréal had confirmed they would also receive a subsidy, in 2005.

Our investigation showed that the subsidy program concerned herein was changed dramatically after 2004 and, as a result, the organization no longer meets the eligibility rules.

Notwithstanding the above and because Ville de Montréal had confirmed the organization it would receive a subsidy in 2005, Service du développement culturel, de la qualité du milieu de vie et de la diversité ethnoculturelle Recommended to the Executive Committee of Ville de Montréal to grant to this organization the $2,000 financial support that had been “promised”.

The Executive Committee of Ville de Montréal accepted this Recommendation and the organization did receive the subsidy, retroactively, for 2005.

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