Purpose of the Economic Training Center

Support local organizations

Offer support services to partner companies of the Fonds de solidarité FTQ and its network.

Prepare for retirement

Promote savings for retirement by training the local responsible (RL) network.

Empower workers development

Train workers to increase their influence on Québec's socio-economic development.

Services offered

The mandate of the Fonds de solidarité FTQ's Economic Training Center is to provide support and training services. These services, which are offered by our advisors, cover many fields of activity and networks, but they can be grouped into three main categories.

  • In the current environment marked by major changes, the Fonds puts people at the forefront of all business transformations. The support provided by our advisors through a field approach contributes to putting in place the winning conditions for a successful human transformation.

    Our advisors are members of the asthuce group, a dedicated team of Fonds experts whose mandate is to help partner companies by proposing them smart and practical solutions to solve strategic and operational issues by capitalizing on people as a driver of change.

  • A broad training program on this topic has been designed for people who are part of several networks. These people could be, for instance, local representatives (LRs) who promote the Fonds in their workplace or in Fonds partner companies where employees are not unionized, LRs who work in service points during the RRSP campaigns or FTQ members who have a role to play in implementing or managing pension plans. This program covers many themes: the market for retirement savings products, the RRSP with the Fonds, planning, saving strategies, taxation, the role of trustees, as well as supplemental plans and their administration. By having a better understanding of these issues, participants can more actively promote retirement savings in their workplace.

  • The Fonds supports many activities related to regional economic development in Québec and well adapted to the various environments in which they are organized. Through these activities, participants can learn a myriad of things on local and regional development organizations, including the Fonds locaux de solidarité FTQ and the Fonds régionaux de solidarité FTQ, investing, the role of corporate directors, markets and globalization. The training activities promote greater involvement by workers in developing their communities and employment.

The 2020-2021 regional tour

Taking the form of reflection and training days, these virtual meetings will be an opportunity to depict the impact of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the regional economy and bring forward promising potential solutions for economic recovery.

Organized in partnership with the Institut de recherche en économie contemporaine (IRÉC)(French only), the tour will also help determining actions that are available and stakeholders with whom we will work in the various regions to ensure that this economic recovery serves the most important people involved: the workers.

This tour is intended for anyone who is interested in the economic development of their region: members of the Executive Committee of a Regional Council, FTQ representatives serving on the Investment Committee of a Fonds local de solidarité, staff of Fonds régionaux de solidarité FTQ, local Union Executive Committees, union representatives, etc.

Impact of the COVID‑19 pandemic on the regional economy

Québec will be affected on a long-term basis by the health and economic crises. These crises caused an unprecedented shock to the economic activity as a result of the confinement measures required in response to the pandemic, in particular the labour market, critical economic sectors and public finances.

The Fonds gave the Institut de recherche en économie contemporaine (IRÉC) the mandate to study the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on regional economies. Find out how your region fares and various potential solutions that may contribute to its recovery.


Serge Dupont

Senior Director, Economic Training Center


Jeannot Bradette

Director, Economic Training Center


For more information or an appointment, call us!

Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

514 383-2599, ext. 5043