External Social Services and Other Resources

Need some support outside of Dawson College office hours? Looking for external resources to meet your needs after you graduate? Consult a list of organizations below!

GENERAL SOCIAL SERVICES

Info-Social 811: Call 811 to speak to a psychosocial worker who can answer your questions and orient you to the appropriate resource. Here are examples of reasons people call 811 according to the Quebec government website.:  

      • You are in a situation that is making you feel anxious. 
      • You are worried about a family member or friend. 
      • You are experiencing family or relationship problems. 
      • You are going through a bereavement. 
      • You have questions about other worrisome situations or behaviours.” 

Find your local CLSC using the following search engine: https://sante.gouv.qc.ca/en/repertoire-ressources/clsc/. Your local CLSC may provide a variety of social services, including: help with substance use, parenting support, a follow-up related to grief, job loss, relationships issues, conjugal violence, and many other personal challenges. 

HOUSING SEARCHES AND EMERGENCY SHELTER

Quoloc: Find apartments, rooms, or roommates in Montreal. 

Facebook Marketplace/Kijiji: Find apartment listings from current tenants looking for roommates or trying to transfer their lease at the existing lease rate.  

Face à Face: Housing search support for individuals without internet access; listening line and referrals to housing resources; secure mail reception service for individuals without a fixed address. 

ROMEL: Receive information and support related to housing searches, particularly for new immigrants and low-income individuals. 

FHCQ-FECHIMM: Learn more about co-operative housing (functioning, how to apply), and consult a list of co-operative housing by borough, apartment size, and mobility requirements. Considerable wait times are to be expected. 

SOS Violence-Conjugale: If you are at risk of conjugal or family violence, a worker can help you locate an available shelter on the day of your call. 

      • 1 800 363-9010 

211: If you find yourself at risk of homelessness in the Greater Montreal region for any reason, you can call 211 to find an available shelter (or call 311 if you find yourself without a home by your July 1st moving date). 

FOOD SECURITY

Food banks and community kitchens outside of Dawson College: Enter your postal code in this search engine or call 211 to find the nearest food bank or community kitchen to your address:  

*It is always a good idea to reach out to the organization first to learn more about their schedule and changing protocols during the COVID pandemic before making your way to the storefront location! 

BUDGETING SUPPORT

ACEF (Association Coopérative d’Économie Familiale): An organization that provides individual support and workshops related to budgeting, financial education, solutions for debt management, financial rights defense and advocacy. Your nearest ACEF can be found by entering your address into the 211 search engine: 

Government of Canada webpage on budgeting for student life (includes checklist of expenses to consider, sources of income, and tax credits and deductions for students):  

Other online guides related to budgeting, saving on spending costs, and much more:  

EMPLOYMENT

Agence Ometz: Job searching support, skills training and workshops, support with starting and growing new businesses. 

Regroupement Économique et Social du Sud-Ouest (RESO): Support with CV-writing, job searching support, networking, interviewing, learning about the labour market. 

INTEGRATION SUPPORT FOR NEW IMMIGRANTS

Centre Social d’Aide aux Immigrants (CSAI): Support with immigration forms, citizenship applications, certifying documents, assistance with French and English, tax clinics, computer classes, cultural activities, daycare services and more. The Centre is open to international students, temporary workers, government-assisted refugees or those who have received permanent residence less than 5 years ago. 5$ fees are applicable for certain services (e.g. certifications).  

      • Services available in the following languages: Arabic, Armenian, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Dari, English, Farsi, French, Fula, Kinkongo, Kinyarwanda, Kurdish, Lingala, Mandarin, Mina, Persian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swahili, Turkish 
      • 514 932-2953 
      • https://centrecsai.org/

PROMIS: For immigrants and refugees who have been living in Quebec for less than 5 years. Support with French courses, academic support, employment assistance, access to food assistance, workshops and personalized support for families. 

        • Services available in the following languages: Arabic, Creole, Croatian, Bosnian, Farsi, German, Spanish, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Norwegian, Persian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, and Serbian.  
        • (514) 345-1615 
        • https://promis.qc.ca/en/contact-2/ 

ROMEL: Receive information and support related to housing searches.

REDUCED FEE DENTAL CARE

Cegep Édouard Montpetit – Dental Hygiene Clinic and Denturology Clinic 

Collège de Maisonneuve (Clinique-École en Hygiène Dentaire) 

John Abbott College – Dental Hygiene Clinic  

McGill University – Emergency Clinic 

McGill University – Undergraduate Teaching Clinic 

Montreal Children’s Hospital Dental Clinic 

Montreal General Hospital Dental Clinic 

Université de Montréal – Clinique Dentaire 

LGBTQIA2+ SUPPORT SERVICES

*Please note that different acronyms are used below to reflect the terminology used by the corresponding organization

Action Santé Travesti(e)s et transsexuel(le)s du Québec (ASTT(e)Q): Weekly non-judgmental peer support groups for trans individuals; community dinners; and advocacy services. Meetings take place in a wheelchair accessible space conveniently located downtown.

      • Languages spoken: French, English and Spanish. LSQ/ASL interpretation can also be requested.
      • (514) 543-6343 
      • info@jeunesselambda.com 

Jeunesse Lambda: Social, discussion, education and skill-building events and activities for 2SLGBTQIA+ youth (between the ages of 14-30). Certain materials are also made available through the organization (including transportation fare, contraceptives and other risk-reducation materials, snacks, a microwave oven). 

P10: Weekly bilingual drop-in groups for 2LGBTQ+ youth (between the ages of 14-25), afternoon hangout space, individual active listening sessions, accompaniment for appointments, lists of trans-friendly doctors and therapists, gender-affirming gear, mentorship programs. 

The West Island LGBTQ2+ Centre: Drop-in groups, support groups and socials for LGBTQ2+ folks of all ages or those who are questioning (check their website for various groups and times).  

SUPPORT FOR NEW PARENTS

CLSC’s (Enfance-Famille-Jeunesse programs): Prenatal classes, post-natal check-ups, workshops for parents, screening of children 0-5 years with suspected developmental delays, and other social and psychoeducational support for parents and their children. If your household is low income during your pregnancy, inquire into your eligibility to obtain staple foods (eggs, milk, frozen vegetables) and vitamin supplements through the CLSC’s OLO program. 

Head&Hands: Young Parents Program (YPP) for youth under the age of 25 which facilitates connections between young parents or those who are about to become parents. The program includes afternoon meet-ups, workshops, and excursions (while childcare arrangements are made for your children). Afternoon meetings include a hot lunch! Material supplies (related to childcare) are also provided  

Kangaroo House: Centre for parents with dependent children (aged 12 or younger) experiencing difficult situations (e.g. exhaustion, mental health concerns, domestic violence, etc.). The Kangaroo House can provide funds to families experiencing emergency issues. They also provide phone listening and referrals 24/7. 

Les Relevailles de Montréal: Support services for parents of children up to 2 years old, including: respite services for new parents (e.g. childcare, light chores), prenatal information sessions, prenatal yoga, meet-ups, First Aid training, and other workshops (e.g. communicating with infants using sign language). Sliding scale fees are applicable from 0-60$ per 3 hour blocks of respite. An annual membership fee of 20$ is also applicable for all other activities.

Ligne Parents: 24/7 resource helpline for parents seeking information or support related to a parenting situation. Articles concerning different topics related to children and parenting are also available on their website. 

Unis Pour les Petits: Support services for Montreal Island parents of infants up to 1 year old, including: at-home respite and childcare support from volunteers, workshops, and coffee meet-ups.

CRISIS CENTRES

Crisis Centres provide assistance to anyone aged 18+ experiencing distress, or to loved ones worried about someone who is showing signs of distress. Mobile interventions or short-term crisis counselling can be made available when appropriate. Short-term shelter services are also available at certain centres.

*Keep in mind that you may not be able to access emergency shelter on the same day of your call depending on availability; refer to the section on Housing Searches and Emergency Shelter for emergency options. 

Central-East (Le Transit) Crisis Centre (Downtown Montreal and surrounding/eastern boroughs) 

      • 514-282-7753 
      • https://cictransit.com/en/
      • Be aware that you may be re-directed towards the crisis centre nearest to your address; you can ask the respondent to verify this information at the beginning of your call 

Central-Ouest (TRACOM) Crisis Centre (Notre-Dame-de-Grace and surrounding/western boroughs) 

      • 514-483-3033 
      • https://www.tracom.ca/
      • Be aware that you may be re-directed towards the crisis centre nearest to your address; you can ask the respondent to verify this information at the beginning of your call 

Central-South (L’Autre Maison) Crisis Centre (Southern Montreal boroughs) 

      • 514-768-7225 
      • https://www.centredecrise.ca/lautre-maison
      • Be aware that you may be re-directed towards the crisis centre nearest to your address; you can ask the respondent to verify this information at the beginning of your call 

Northern Crisis Centre (Association Iris) (Northern Montreal boroughs) 

      • 514-388-9233
      • https://www.associationiris.ca/
      • Be aware that you may be re-directed towards the crisis centre nearest to your address; you can ask the respondent to verify this information at the beginning of your call 

West Island Crisis Centre (West Island boroughs) 

      • 514-684-6160 
      • https://www.centredecriseoi.com/en/index.html
      • Be aware that you may be re-directed towards the crisis centre nearest to your address; you can ask the respondent to verify this information at the beginning of your call 

Crisis Centres not on the Montreal Island: 

LEGAL INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE

Legal Information Clinic at McGill (LICM): Free, bilingual service run by McGill Law students. Receive legal information and referrals according to your needs and situation. Issues could relate to disputes with a landlord, noisy neighbours, immigration, employment, contesting a municipal ticket, divorce and child custody rights, and more. You can also receive court accompaniment for Small Claims court and cases involving the Tribunal administratif du logement (TAL).  

Head&Hands: Free services including legal clinics for youth aged 12-25 with volunteer lawyers or one-on-one meetings with a Commissioner of Oaths at Head & Hands (who can witness signatures). 

      • From the Head & Hands website: “If you participate in a protest and get arrested, the Head & Hands Legal Program will provide the service of a criminal lawyer pro bono. Priority is given to Black youth. Roberta Harthel Côté is available 24/7 at (514) 730-5000. Make sure to carry this information on you when you head out – we suggest writing it on your arm.” 
      • 514-481-0277 
      • info@headandhands.ca 

Centre for Research-Action on Race Relations (CRARR): Support and representation services for victims of discrimination, racial profiling, hate incidents and other related rights violations. Fees are determined according to a person’s income. 

Front d’Action Populaire en Réaménagement Urbain (FRAPRU): Understand your legal rights and responsibilities related to housing, and receive other forms of assistance from participating organizations. Consult a list of housing-rights and advocacy organizations near your address under the “Membres participants” list of the FRAPRU website, and contact them directly to receive services:  

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

Visit our Counselling department’s web page for a comprehensive list of helplines, services, apps, websites, and more. 

SEXUAL HEALTH RESOURCES

Visit our Health Services’ department’s different web pages for a list of resources related to STI testing, birth control prescription and what to do if you missed a dose, and emergency contraception.

SEXUAL VIOLENCE RESOURCES

Visit our Sexual Violence Response Team’s web page for a list of external resources (legal, psycho-social, and more). 

WALK-IN CLINICS AND OTHER HEALTH RESOURCES

Visit our Health Services’ department’s web page for a list of clinics and hospitals.



Last Modified: January 4, 2023