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Institut Nazareth et Louis-Braille

This installation is part of CISSS de la Montérégie-Centre

1111, rue Saint-Charles Ouest
Tour Ouest, bureau 200
Longueuil QC J4K 5G4

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General information

The only specialized rehabilitation centre in Québec dedicated to the visually impaired, Institut Nazareth et Louis-Braille (INLB) has been providing its expert services for more than 153 years. Its head office is located in Longueuil, just steps away from the metro. Institut Nazareth et Louis-Braille also has service points in Montréal, Laval and Saint‑Jean-sur-Richelieu.

It provides services to residents of the Montérégie region, Montréal and Laval with partial or complete vision loss. 

For more information, visit the Institut Nazareth et Louis-Braille section of the CISSS de la Montérégie-Centre website.



Here are the directions to our various service points: 


Telephone number(s)
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Opening hours

Opening hours
Day Timings
Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Holidays Closed

Services offered


Who are our services for?

To obtain vision rehabilitation services, you must:

  • have been diagnosed with an eye disease and have a significant and persistent disability that affects your activities of daily living;
  • live in Laval, Montréal or the Montérégie region.

To register

  • You must provide a recent vision report, completed by an eye care professional (ophthalmologist or optometrist), stating your diagnosis and your vision results.

    Please print the referral form below and give it to your eye care professional to fill out and return to us. Our contact information is listed on the back.

    Referral form
  • It is important to send us any additional documents about your health condition (e.g., audiogram, occupational therapy assessment, medical information, cognitive assessment, etc.), as this will give us a better understanding of your general situation.


Forwarding your request
After receiving the vision report, an employee of the Service d’accueil-évaluation-orientation will contact you. They will review the problems you experience in your daily life and forward your request to the appropriate department.

Occupational rehabilitation
If your goal is to return to work, keep working, or achieve a professional objective, the occupational rehabilitation program at Institut Nazareth et Louis‑Braille can help you. To qualify, you must meet the same criteria mentioned above and provide a recent vision report completed by an eye care professional (ophthalmologist or optometrist). Referral form.

You have been accepted in the occupational rehabilitation program
To prepare for your first assessment meeting, you must fill out the Autoévaluation réflexive sur le travail. You must bring this document to your first meeting.


How to get this serviceSur prescription d'un médecin ou d'un optométriste

Driving a car

A visual impairment is often an obstacle to getting a driver’s license. However, the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec may issue a driver’s license to people who demonstrate compensatory skills that allow them to drive a vehicle safely.

The INLB offers a program that allows people to develop these skills with the help of a bioptic telescopic lens system (optical aid that improves visual acuity).

To qualify for this program, you must:

  • be enrolled in a visual impairment program at a physical rehabilitation centre;
  • have an eye condition with a prognosis of stable vision;
  • have the visual acuity and visual field needed to be eligible;
  • have a visual acuity of at least 6/15 using a bioptic telescopic lens system with a maximum strength of 4X.

To participate in the program, you must also:

  • be motivated and available for a period of 15 months (duration of the program);
  • pay for the driving course (maximum of $2,500);
  • be able to practice with a loved one who is trained by the driving school;
  • have access to a car throughout the program.


To apply:

  • If you have a file at the INLB, call the Service d’accueil-évaluation-orientation at 450-463-1710, ext. 216.
  • If you live in Montréal, Laval or the Montérégie region and do not have a file at the INLB, you must ask your optometrist or ophthalmologist to fill out the Referral form – Programme de conduite automobile and send it to the address listed on the document.
  • If you live outside of Montréal, Laval or the Montérégie region, you can ask your rehabilitation centre to forward us your application.

There is currently a waiting list for this service.

We will contact you once we receive your application to determine whether your ocular condition qualifies you for this program.