In 1988, following the reorganization of the Constance-Lethbridge
rehabilitation Centre, Health Canada's Innovation Program funded the
creation of three units (Main-Forte, Coude à coude and Amalgame)
allowing 36 people with physical disabilities to enter an environment
reproducing the labour world. This is how the units managed by their own
participating members were created.
Amalgame is an environment where everyone has their own responsibility.
Participants take care of maintenance, work planning, as well as acceptance of new members within the organization. Administration, representation and fundraising are managed by the executive team. However, the participating members hold a majority on the board of directors. This is why, from the initial designation of "self-managed unit", we have moved to "participatory management organization".