Dorval Alternative Home

The project

  • The Dorval Alternative Home is part of a major transformation of long-term residential care facilities in Québec, and will be open by early 2024.
  • This 72-bed residence is intended for adult clients with physical and/or intellectual disabilities or an autism spectrum disorder who require significant healthcare and rehabilitation services. 
  • 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. 

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

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 development of a partnership with Concordia University and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts will be considered for the creation of an art therapy space;
  • The human dimension will be central to the relationship between the residents, their loved ones, the staff, and the community.


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

Exterior concept 

View of entrance


Interior design



Dining room



Image credit : ACDF Architecture 

Overall timeline

  • Work begins: Mid-June 2022

Preparatory work: Mid-June 2022 through early 2023

Construction work: Early 2023 to Winter-Spring 2024

  • Construction completed: Winter-Spring 2024
  • First residents move in: Spring 2024

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!

Citizen Information Session 

On June 7, the Montréal West Island CIUSSS and the SQI, in collaboration with the City of Dorval, held a citizen information session. 

Contact the team

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. Please indicate “Neighbour of the Alternative Home” in the subject line of your email.

Press releases (in French only)

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