Dorval Alternative Home

The project

A number of adults currently live in a variety of residential facilities due to the care and services required by their physical condition. However, this does not always meet their psychosocial, capacity-building and self-determination needs. As part of a major transformation of residential and long-term care facilities taking place across Quebec, the Dorval Alternative Home will see the light of day in the spring of 2024.

The Dorval Alternative Home is a long-term care facility dedicated to a clientele with specific needs. The aim is to provide its residents with a functional, modern living environment that is focused on and adapted to their needs, with a more human feel that is reminiscent of home life. 

The Dorval Alternative Home will be located at 875 Dawson Avenue, on the lot next to the Batshaw Youth and Family Centres, another Montreal West CIUSSS facility. 

The clientele

This 72-bed residence is intended for adult clients (aged 18 and older) with physical and/or intellectual disabilities or an autism spectrum disorder who require significant healthcare, adaptation and rehabilitation services. The clientele will not present any severe behavioural disorder.

The concept

  • Architecturally, the Dorval Alternative Home will consist of 6 air-conditioned units with 12 rooms each, each with their own bathroom, equipped with an adapted shower.
  • Each unit will have plenty of windows, common areas, and access to landscaped outdoor spaces and balconies. The physical environment will be flexible and adapted to the residents’ physical and psychological needs.
  • The alternative home will be a welcoming place where care and services are centred on the needs, preferences, and rhythms of the residents and their loved ones;
  • The interior and exterior environment will be residential and family-oriented. The aim is to make it feel like home;
  • The human dimension will be central to the relationship between the residents, their loved ones, the staff, and the community.

To learn more about the project, watch the video below produced by the ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux : 

Presence of loved ones

Loved ones are welcome at all times, according to the resident’s wishes. The family and loved ones are invited to spend time together, for example, by having a meal alone together. Maintaining ties with caregivers is important in residents’ day-to-day lives. Therefore:

  • Visits are permitted at all times;
  • Studios are made available to caregivers to enable them to stay for short periods in the alternative home;
  • Caregivers are encouraged to take part in the day-to-day activities of the home (leisure activities, daily living activities, domestic activities, etc.).

Photo Gallery

Exterior concept

View of entrance

Interior design

Image for illustration purposes

Image credit : ACDF Architecture


Dining room





Images of the construction site

Winter 2023-2024

front facade seen from Dawson Avenue

rear facade

rear facade

single room

kitchenette and dining room

common living space

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Project Progression


Work beginsMid-June 2022
Preparatory workMid-June 2022 through early 2023
Construction workEarly 2023 to Spring 2024
Construction completedSpring 2024
First residents move in

It should be noted that the construction completion date does not correspond to the opening of the facility.

The opening will take place gradually in the months following delivery of the building, to allow time for the preparation of the premises and staff before welcoming the first residents.

An official opening date will be announced in the coming months.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Grouped by theme, this FAQ aims to answer general questions about the alternative home. For further information, please contact the team at the below address.


How to request a placement in the Dorval Alternative Home?

The access procedures for the Dorval Alternative Home are identical to the CHSLD admission process. The alternative home is designed for clients with significant disabilities.

To begin an admission process, users must contact the ID-ASD-PD access portal in their territory, or their Home Support respondent, so that a professional can assess the user's abilities. The result of this assessment will determine whether a need for a residential resource has been identified, or whether another solution would better meet the user's needs. Please note that if the need for a residential resource is not immediately indicated, the file cannot be processed.

The alternative home is subject to the same financial framework as CHSLDs. For more information, please consult the page - Accommodation in a public facility.

Contact information for the Montreal West Island CIUSSS ID-ASD-PD access portal:

What are the expected benefits for the residents?

  • The Dorval Alternative Home will provide residents with a welcoming place where care and services are centred on individual needs, preferences, and rhythms. As a result, work organization will be flexible to better meet the needs of the residents and their loved ones.
  • This is a significant change in the way we design infrastructures and provide care and services to residents. This new vision for residential care in Quebec strengthens the human aspects of the relationships between the residents, their loved ones, the staff, and the community.


What is the approach to community relations?

  • The Senior and Alternative homes are integral components of their community. They are centrally located to encourage contact and a sense of belonging. Residents are strongly encouraged to take part in community activities. The relationships the residents have with their loved ones, staff, volunteers, and the community are essential.
  • Being open to the community makes it possible to create relationships with community, education, and recreational organizations. These relationships allow the residents to take part in activities within the community. Furthermore, the Dorval Alternative Home will include spaces reserved for community activities, which will also serve to promote closer relationships with the residents. The exterior spaces are also carefully planned, including a courtyard that is intended to serve as a space where the residents and the larger community can interact.

Will there be volunteering opportunities at the MDA?

  • Absolutely! Volunteers and informal caregivers are strongly encouraged at the Dorval Alternative Home. It encourages active participation in community life and prevents the residents from becoming isolated. The setting of the home is also designed to support an optimal integration of the residents into the community.

How to become a volunteer

Would you like to volunteer with us? You can do so at a number of our facilities.

 Click here to find out how to get involved.

Project-related communications

The Montréal West Island CIUSSS, in collaboration with the Société québécoise des infrastructures (SQI) and the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS) wants to keep its partners and the community informed throughout the project. This page will be updated regularly to reflect the evolution of the project.

Check it regularly!

Write to us at

  • If you have questions or comments on the Dorval Alternative Home;
  • If you want to register to receive information concerning the construction work. 

Press releases (in French only)

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