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A CFER program consists of three basic components. Classroom work is focused on developing functional skills in Language Arts, Mathematics and Social Studies again with the goal of promoting autonomy, engagement and productivity. A CFER also has a business component which is run as a business.

About Us

CFER Riverdale opened its doors in January 2007 with thirteen students from the Secondary III and IV levels of Riverdale High School.  The program had been in its development stages since the spring of 2006 when initial meetings were held with representatives of the Réseau québécois des CFER.

Our Program

All CFER businesses are built around some form of recycling. What is recycled varies from CFER to CFER. Some CFER’s recycle paint, others recycle building materials, others recycle rope and so forth. CFER Riverdale is building its project on the recycling of computer systems.

Our Mission

A CFER program has a threefold mandate: Develop autonomous students; produce engaged citizens; train productive workers.

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In the News


May 2015


Click to watch this video on YouTube by one of our CFER students, Brandon,
which highlights the strengths and successes of CFER.


March 2015

Over the last couple of weeks the CFER students have been very busy at work.

On March 24, Mylene Cardin, Dietician from LBPSB's Educational Services came and spoke to the students and staff about healthy eating habits and wellness; after the talk the students enjoyed making their yogurt treats.

On March 22, the students had the privilege of participating in a Poetry Slam Workshop organized by the Vision's group. As you can see, we do have some talented young students in the CFER. Seen in the video below is Patrick is reciting his poem.


Lola has been up cycling wood again and creating amazing art work with the students such at the guitar end table that is slowly taking shape. 


Next we go on to our cooking lessons once again by resident Chef Lola; students made hamburgers and spaghetti sauce for their classmates. You can see in the photo the creative way devised to chop onions for the spaghetti sauce.


The circle project was an idea by Lola to get all the students involved in a project. She designed the circles and each student got to colour it any way they wanted to; amazing results.


Thanks to Culture in the Schools, the hallways of CFER Riverdale have been transformed by the talented Mario Berube and students who created a cityscape filled with silhouettes made of computer parts.


Please check out our Facebook page that continues to showcase our students' talents. 



February 2015




December 2014



CFER Riverdale named as finalists in the Sustainable Development Category in the West Island of Montreal Chamber of Commerce Accolades 2013.

Please click here to visit their site for more information!




Congratulations to the CFER for winning 1st prize in the Quebec Entrepreneurship Contest for the Montreal Region. The entry into the annual contest that promotes the entrepreneurial spirit was based on the concept of extending the services of CFER and its capacity to recycle electronics to the general community as part of Riverdale High School's annual Family Fun Day on Saturday, May 25th from 11-3. In addition to their certificate and educational software, they also won a $400.00 bursary. CFER will now go on to the Provincial level in Quebec City on June 19 to compete against 16 other regions in the category of Adapted Education.
Congratulations to all the CFER students. Good luck at the provincials!







February 2013

Riverdale work-study program gives students, electronics new lease on life. Please click on the image below to read the full article in The Chronicle.



CFER Riverdale receives government accreditation as green recyclers. Please click on the image below to read the full article in The West End Times.




January 2013

The CFER Riverdale logo as painted by CFER students as part of an ongoing art project.

Please visit the photo gallery for pictures of the process.


November 2012

Check out our Movember photos!

CFER is now mobile!

In November, a truck was delivered to CFER, enabling us to be more mobile for pick-ups.

October 2012

The Board of Directors of the CFER Riverdale created the Joseph Keane award to honour one of it founding members and a now retired teacher.
The Joseph Keane Award is awarded to a CFER Riverdale student who has successfully finished the CFER program and has exemplified the CFER values, Autonomy, Respect, Rigor, Effort and Engagement. 
The name of the first recipient is: 
Thanh Hguyen

March 2012

Sustainable Development Caravans - Click here for details!



January 2012

Acceptation Niveau 1

Objet : Candidature au programme ICI ON RECYCLE!

Établissement : CFER Riverdale

Madame, Monsieur,

C’est avec grand plaisir que nous vous informons que votre candidature au niveau 1 - Engagement du programme ICI ON RECYCLE! a été acceptée. Pour concrétiser ce nouvel engagement en faveur d’une meilleure gestion des matières résiduelles, vous recevrez sous peu la déclaration d’engagement que vous êtes invité à signer à votre tour.

Cet engagement est le premier pas dans une démarche en faveur d’une meilleure gestion de vos matières résiduelles et nous vous en félicitons. Afin de réaliser les objectifs auxquels votre établissement vient de s’engager, nous vous invitons à utiliser les différents outils d’accompagnement mis à votre disposition sur la page du programme de notre site Internet.

Nous vous rappelons que cette reconnaissance de niveau 1 - Engagement est valide pour une période de deux ans. Avant l’expiration de ce délai, vous devrez avoir mis en place différentes mesures de 3RV en plus d’avoir réalisé des actions d’information et de sensibilisation afin de répondre aux exigences du niveau 2 - Mise en œuvre. Nous vous invitons donc à prendre connaissance dès maintenant des critères d’évaluation de ce niveau qui se trouvent à l’adresse mentionnée ci-dessus.

En ce qui concerne les éléments visuels du programme, vous ne pouvez les utiliser avant d’atteindre le niveau 2 - Mise en œuvre, au moment où vous aurez mis en place certaines mesures de réduction, de réemploi et de recyclage-valorisation. Dans un an, nous vous ferons parvenir un questionnaire pour connaître l’état d’avancement de votre démarche.

Espérant le tout à votre entière satisfaction, nous vous prions de recevoir l’expression de mes sentiments distingués.







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