ABSTRACT This article surveys the history of community development in the local health and social service centres (commonly referred to as CLSCs) in the Province of Quebec. These developments are tied to three major steps in the evolution of policy as set out in a series of published reports. The development of the philosophy and mandate of the CLSCs is discussed and placed within the larger historical context of the 1980s as fiscal conservatism impacted on their operation and especially as it affected their community development role. The impact of these developments on the practice of community intervention work is presented in a case study, drawn from the author's experience as a participant observer in one urban CLSC. Linkages are made to policy developments as set out in the reports. The article concludes with an examination of current directions in community development policy and practice and makes some recommendations to strengthen these developments. Historical and Cultural Background The Province of Quebec has a unique system of local community-base
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