Our history

A resource created by the community for the community!

The start of a new era

The Associations coopérative d’économie familiale (ACEF) were created in the mid-1960s. It was a turning point in history: the first consumer rights advocacy movements emerged as a counterweight to mass consumption society. During this period, despite long hours of labour, workers struggled to make ends meet.

Joining forces

Pressure from social and union movements enabled consumer protection policies and reforms, which led to the establishment of the Office de la protection du consommateur and, subsequently, the Consumer Protection Act. Particularly significant laws were established to support people in difficulty.

The creation of our association

Continuing this legacy, the ACEF du Sud-Ouest de Montréal was established in 1984. Despite modest initial funding, it offered a range of personal finance services to the public, including training, workshops, individual consultation, information and education documentation.

A future centred on your needs

The ACEF du Sud-Ouest de Montréal continues to work and to innovate. We’re continuously developing new tools and growing the association while being mindful of the concerns of citizens in financial difficulties. We never stop assessing their needs and evolving with them!