Jean Béliveau Foundation

Since 1971

The very first donation of the Jean Béliveau Foundation, created in 1971 to mark the retirement of this remarkable athlete, was an ambulance for the transportation of the children of Camp Papillon. Thus began, over forty years ago, a strong and respectful relationship between Mr. Béliveau and the Quebec Society for Disabled Children.

After eighteen seasons in the NHL, ten of them as Captain of one of the most glorious editions of the Canadiens, having won ten Stanley Cups and countless personal honours, Jean Béliveau had the feeling of having fully benefited from a highly successful career. From this feeling emerged the need to share with the community, particularly with the underprivileged youth of Quebec. Consequently, when he retired, at the express request of Mr. Béliveau, the Montreal Canadiens Hockey Team and various companies raised and donated $155,000 in a fund which would forever bear his name.

During the following twenty-two years, thanks to quality management, the Jean Béliveau Foundation experienced phenomenal growth; its capital went from $155,000 to $833,000. During the same period, the Foundation made some major contributions, some $600,000 to hundreds of non-profit organizations, and a substantial part to the Quebec Society for Disabled Children.

On March 24, 1993, no longer being able to grant his foundation all the attention it required, Mr. Béliveau decided to entrust the entire management of its assets to the Quebec Society for Disabled Children, accompanied by a solemn promise that an annual donation would be made to Camp Papillon for the improvement of its equipment, infrastructures, and activities’ sites.

From that day forward, close of $1.2 M were donated to the Quebec Society for Disabled Children while the inalienable capital of the Foundation continued its remarkable growth to now reach close to $2 M.

Jean Béliveau will continue to radiate and to pursue, for countless generations of children with disabilities, a work to which this illustrious philanthropist was so devoted.

He will never be forgotten.


All the essential equipment, the sustained maintenance and upkeep projects of the 40 acres and 70 buildings at Camp Papillon which, since it was founded in1938, defined the standards of excellence in the areas of adapted recreational activities for children with disabilities.

Activities' sites

From a zip line to a climbing wall, and a basketball court to a boccia court, Camp Papillon’s activities’ sites are inspired by the audacity of believing that disabled children are capable of anything, provided that we offer them an environment adapted to their abilities.


The necessary material for indoor and outdoor sports for wheelchair-bound people to ensure a healthy, active and stimulating stay at Camp Papillon.


To the Foundation

You can carry on the legacy of Mr. Béliveau in three different ways.