WHO WE ARE
The Just Solutions Clinic provides free legal information and assistance, rights advocacy and accompaniment to vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals in the domain of refugee and immigration law. Just Solutions is the only clinic of its kind in Quebec, and has developed a solid reputation as an important access to justice initiative in this domain. A large proportion of our target population cannot afford, or are denied, the kinds of services Just Solutions provides.
Just Solutions is also a teaching environment. Our team consists of staff and student interns from the McGill's Law Faculty and School of Social Work, and the Law, Social Work and Medicine faculties of the Université de Montréal. Their casework is guided and informed by the clinic’s coordinator Olga Houde, and our supervising lawyer, Me Rick Goldman.
WHO WE HELP
The majority of the people we assist are vulnerable migrants and other newcomers with a precarious immigration status. We also help social and health professionals and community workers understand their clients' immigration situations.
HOW DO WE HELP
1) INFORMATION (via individual consultations) on the following subjects:
Refugee claim process and recourses following a refusal (including humanitarian and compassionate applications for permanent residence)
Family reunification applications for accepted refugees
Sponsorship breakdowns due to domestic violence
Rules governing permanent residence applications in the above categories
PLEASE NOTE THAT WE DO NOT
Provide information on economic immigration applications (skilled worker, temporary foreign worker)
Represent clients before any tribunals or courts of law
Provide assistance with filling in forms (some exceptions apply)
(Please note that a fee will apply to filling in certain forms, depending on certain criteria. Please call us for details)
If we do not offer the particular service you need or you are not part of our target population, we can orient and refer you to the appropriate resource (legal representation, assistance filling in forms, apartment and job search services, emergency food and shelter, etc.).
HOW TO CONTACT US
Please note that you must call or e-mail to make an appointment before coming to the clinic.
Phone: (514) 844-9128, ext. 204
Hours of Operation: Monday – Tuesday – Thursday (subject to change!) 9:00-4:30
1435 rue City Councillors, 3rd floor
Montreal, QC, H3A 2E4
USEFUL LINKS / INFORMATION
Canadian Council for Refugees:
Social benefits and entitlements based on immigration status: Immigrants’ and Refugees' Access to Social Benefits and Programs in Quebec Guide for Community Workers (published by Community Legal Services of Point St. Charles and Little Burgundy in 2010 (N.B. some information may have changed)
Contact info for Quebec legal Aid Office Immigration Section, 440 Boul. Rene-Levesque west, Suite 1001, Tel: 514-849-3671