PRAIDA provides support to asylum-seekers and information to assist you in navigating your refugee claim process in Quebec. They also offer health, social services, and shelter.

Legal Aid Office in immigration law

Legal aid and immigration lawyers may assist you with your asylum claim or offer legal advice. Legal aid is a government legal service offered to people who meet certain financial eligibility criteria and apply for the service. Legal aid is provided free of charge or with a contribution from the recipient.

Referral service of the Barreau de Montréal

This organization will suggest a lawyer who you can contact for help in Montreal.

  • Telephone: +1-514 866-2490
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

YMCA Residence

The YMCA Residence provides housing to asylum-seekers with the collaboration of PRAIDA, a regional program for the reception and integration of asylum-seekers managed by the Centre Intégré Universitaire de Santé et de Services Sociaux (CIUSSS) du Centre-Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal. A variety of community services and activities are available during your stay at the YMCA Residence to welcome and support you, including:

  • French and English conversation workshops;
  • housing, immigration, job search, financial assistance and health workshops;
  • information sessions with the Sécurité publique de Montréal and discussions with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR);
  • a woman’s group, which helps participants break out of their isolation and empowers them through weekly meetings and activities such as arts and crafts and communal cooking.
  • activities for families;
  • psychosocial support services.

Telephone: +1-514 932-5353

Please also visit the websites of the Quebec government and the Table de concertation des organismes au service des personnes réfugiées et immigrantes (TCRI) on services available to asylum-seekers, and check out the guide prepared by Welcome Collective.