History

For more details on the first 25 years of the Coopérative funéraire de l'Outaouais, click here (available in French only)

The Coopérative funéraire de l'Outaouais (CFO) was created in 1979 by a group of Outaouais citizens who wanted to make funeral services affordable. The Coopérative funéraire de l'Outaouais as we know it today is a cooperative association born of the merger on January 1, 1995 of the Coopérative funéraire du Nord and the Coopérative funéraire de l'Outaouais. It is a not-for-profit organization which supports other community agencies. The CFO is the largest funeral company in all of western Quebec, and one of the 10 largest funeral companies in the province.

Main stages and phases of development

1979 (June 6): date of founding.

1981 (September 18): date of commencement of operations in leased facilities, i.e. the rectory of Ste-Bernadette parish at 11 Ste-Bernadette Street in Hull.

1982 (August 23): date of commencement of a three-year lease of 200 de la Savane Street in Gatineau.

1988 (September 21): official opening of the new Gatineau funeral home at 664 Maloney Blvd.

1995 (January): merger with the Coopérative funéraire du Nord.

1996 (June 15): opening of the new multi-purpose funeral complex at 1369 La Vérendrye Blvd. W. in Gatineau.

1999 (January 19): acquisition of the J. Hubert Villeneuve funeral home in Thurso and Ripon.

1999: the CFO acquires certain assets of the Maison funéraire Laviolette et Robinson, which declared bankruptcy, as well as prearrangements covered by money deposited in trust. More importantly, on December 10, further to an agreement with the Office de la protection du consommateur du Québec, the CFO agrees to also honour the prearrangements of some 100 consumers whose money was not deposited in trust. Otherwise all these consumers would have lost the money invested in these arrangements.

2000 (July): opening of another multi-purpose funeral complex at 95 de la Cité-des-Jeunes Blvd. in Hull and closure of the service point at 11 Ste-Bernadette Street.

2009 (June 3): acquisition of the Maison funéraire Gauvreau et Fils (750 Maloney W. in Gatineau and 16 rue Principale in Ste-Cécile-de-Masham) and of the Maison funéraire Daniel Brunet at 115 Maclaren St. E. in Buckingham. These two funeral homes had previously been owned by the American multinational Service Corporation International (SCI) since 1995 and 1999 respectively.

News release: Acquisition of funeral homes by the Coopérative funéraire de l'Outaouais in June 2009 (available in French only)

The CFO now has six service points, from Ste-Cécile-de-Masham, to the Hull, Gatineau and Buckingham sectors, to Thurso. Its head office is at 95 de la Cité-des-Jeunes Blvd.in the Hull sector. Managed by local people for local people, theCFO is at the service of its members and its community, to which it continues to provide substantial support.

The CFO offers a full range of funeral services that meet the expectations of its members, and helps to keep the prices of funeral services in the Outaouais affordable.

The CFO was named the best funeral cooperative in Quebec in June 1996, June 1999 and May 2005.