See beyond disability

Le Regroupement

Founded in 1976, the Regroupement des Personnes Handicapées Région du Haut-Richelieu (RPHRHR) ensures the well-being of people with physical or intellectual disabilities. The Regroupement is now firmly established in the community. With more than 250 members, the organization is a key player, a major stakeholder and a credible advocate for issues related to the defence of rights, and meeting the needs and delivering services for people with disabilities.

Our goal is to foster the full inclusion and contribution of people with disabilities to the social development of their communities. To achieve this, the Regroupement has the following mandates:

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  • Promote the autonomy and development of persons with disabilities;
  • Promote the collective and individual rights of persons with disabilities and undertake any actions deemed necessary in this respect by any public or private stakeholder;
  • Receive comments and requests from people with disabilities and take appropriate action;
  • Represent the region's disabled people to any other organization in the territory in order to promote their interests;
  • Organize or participate in any activity whose objectives are synergistic with those of the Regroupement;
  • Organize any funding activity necessary to achieve the objectives of the Regroupement.

The RPHRHR also works to promote and foster access to all programs and services, including:

  • Personalized health care;
  • Academic and vocational training;
  • Employment (including equal opportunity);
  • Adapted transit;
  • Programs and services offered by any governmental authority for persons who are unable to earn an income;
  • Reasonable and sufficient monthly financial assistance to meet their needs in dignity.


  • Foundation of the Regroupement des Personnes Handicapées Région du Haut-Richelieu inc.
  • Responsible for the management of adapted transportation in Haut-Richelieu which today is present in twenty-eight (28) municipalities.
  • Creation of Handi-Logement du Haut-Richelieu Inc., a building of twenty-four (24) units adapted for disabled people.
  • Creation of Atelier-I-Roul for the sale, repair and rental of orthopedic equipment. The Atelier closed its doors in 2010.
  • Construction of the Seigneurie d'Iberville, another building of twenty-four (24) housing units adapted for disabled people.
  • Establishment of the Envol du Haut-Richelieu, a day centre for people with physical, sensory or organic disabilities, most of whom are between the ages of 15 and 35.
  • We have become the twenty-eighth (28th) Independent Living Center in Canada. We are a member of Independent Living Canada, whose programs focus on independent living.
  • Creation of the Sieur de Normandie, an innovative building and integrated services multi-centre for disabled people which contains thirty-two (32) housing units, eleven (11) of which are alternative accommodations for physically handicapped persons with 24-hour, 7-day service, as well as two (2) respite rooms for the disabled. The building also houses all of our community organizations.


In 2008, the Regroupement acquired, for a nominal amount, a large building belonging to the Commission scolaire des Hautes-Rivières, located at 245 on 6th Avenue in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu (Iberville sector). With the support of its partners, on May 17, 2010 the Regroupement undertook the construction and renovation of the building.


The Sieur de Normandie is now an integrated services centre: a one-stop service that combines several offerings for disabled people in the region, as well as the general population.

The centre includes apartments suitable for physically challenged people requiring 24-hour service, respite rooms (short-term accommodation), a community hall for social, cultural and sports activities, and several offices for regional organizations including Vie autonome Montérégie and the Envol du Haut-Richelieu. This major project was inaugurated on April 20, 2012.


  • Adapted transit

    Management of adapted transportation and support for travel booking.

  • Defence of the rights

    Promotion and defence of the rights of persons with disabilities

  • Various activities at reduced cost

    Theatre, restaurants, shows, community dinners, etc.

  • Leisure activities

    bowling, petanque, etc.

  • Housekeeping

    Financial assistance for housekeeping;

  • Promotion of the autonomy

    Promotion of the autonomy and development of people with disabilities in all their facets.

Board of Directors

  • Pierre-Pare
    Pierre Pagé
    "As a business leader, it is important for me to get involved in another part of our community that is helps people who need it. "
  • Andre-Gagnon
    André Gagnon
    "A disabled person is someone like any other. If we can facilitate their everyday lives through our involvement, that is all that matters. "
  • Bruno-Boucher
    Bruno Boucher
    "Being blind myself, I understand the different issues facing people with disabilities. A disability should never stop someone from living their passion. "
  • Stephane-Samson
    Stéphane Samson
    "I have the desire to do well, which is a very good motivation, but the desire to do good is even more so. "
  • Jacques-Lapointe
    Jacques Lapointe
    "The autonomy of people with disabilities is a priority. Accessibility, education, home support, employment, housing must be at the heart of our concerns. "
  • Clement-Grenier
    Clément Grenier
    "I want to use my professional experiences to help the Regroupement des personnes handicapées to make a difference in the lives of those we help. "
  • Louis-Houle
    Louis Houle
    "I like this region and I want to give back to the community. I totally endorse the values put forward and with my experience as an architect I can help to apply them physically in all future projects."