Depending on their affiliation, the priests of the seminaries of Québec and Montréal and various religious communities ran the hospitals, hospices, elementary and secondary schools, and were in charge of the training of secular priests and the missions for the evangelization of Aboriginal peoples. These clerical men and women supported themselves with donations from the King and charitable foundations, revenues from their seigneurial estates and, in some cases, contributions from the Mother House in France.

The Revenues of the Religious Communities
Estat des Revenus des Communautés Etablies en la Nouvelle France, avec les charges [Statement of the Revenues of the Communities Established in New France, with charges], 1701
FR CAOM COL F5A 3 fol. 32-34vo