The Quebec Rehabilitation Research Network (REPAR) was created in June of 1994 following a call for tenders by the Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec (FRSQ) in the fall of 1993 for the creation of theme-based networks to fulfill the Ministry of Health and Social Services’ (MSSS) priorities.
Two consortiums, the Rehabilitation Research Network of Montreal and Quebec West (RRRMOQ) and the Rehabilitation Research Consortium of Quebec East (CORREQ) were created in 1989.
These consortiums, who had an objective to develop research involving institution-based healthcare professionals, were amalgamated with the REPAR with a protected budget for the first four years. These consortiums (whose objective was to encourage clinicians to pursue graduate studies, initiate small projects between clinicians and independent researchers, spread knowledge, and gain access to methodological support), helped in achieving a better understanding of the role that research plays. These consortiums also assisted in developing an infrastructure that encourages research and collaboration between clinicians and university-based researchers for the purpose of conducting research that focuses on client needs.