Legal Clinics

MCM offers two legal clinics:

 

Just Solutions Legal Clinic

About the Clinic

The Just Solutions Legal Clinic provides free legal information, assistance and accompaniment to vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals in the domain of refugee and humanitarian immigration law.

Through public education (workshops) or its membership on various committees, coalitions and associations, Just Solutions advocates for the rights of refugees and immigrants in Canada and more specifically in Quebec.

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.

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Who we help

The majority of the people we assist are vulnerable migrants and other newcomers with a precarious immigration status or no immigration status.

For example :

Failed asylum seekers

Refugees / Protected Persons (in particular separated from their children and/or family members)


Stateless persons


Immigrants with disabilities


Immigrant and refugee women experiencing violence - including domestic violence, spousal and intimate partner violence, family violence, and sexual assault etc.

We also help social or health professionals and community workers understand their clients' immigration situations.

How we help

Individual consultations

 

Please note that through our consultations, we do not give legal advice but rather legal information.

We offer individual consultations, information and legal representation (conditions apply) on the following subjects (not limited):

  • Refugee claim process

  • Recourses following a negative refugee decision (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

Referrals


If we do not offer the particular service you need or you are not part of our target population, we can refer you to the appropriate resource (legal representation, assistance filling in forms, apartment and job search services, emergency food and shelter, etc.)​

​Represent clients before any tribunals or courts of law

Provide assistance with filling in forms (exceptions apply)

WE DO NOT:

Please note that we only provide information and referrals for economic immigration applications (skilled worker, temporary foreign worker)​ and any other areas of law (divorce, children custody, criminal law, housing law).

A learning opportunity...

Just Solutions is also a teaching environment.

 

Our team includes student interns mainly from McGill University and Université de Montréal studying :

Law

 

​Social Work

 

​Medicine

Their casework is guided and informed by the Clinic’s coordinator, caseworker and supervising lawyer.

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Our impact in 2020

Online resources

You can access a variety of online educational resources across our website for information and further details about the Canadian law and humanitarian immigration.

Our Scoopit immigration newsfeed is updated every week if you wish to stay informed about legal and immigration topics in Canada and Quebec.

How to contact us

The Clinic provides information mainly by phone and email or by appointment (in person).

 

The Clinic does not accept drop-in clients. It is obligatory that you call or e-mail us first. We will invite you for an appointment at the Clinic if needed. 

Phone: (514) 844-9128, ext. 105

 

E-mail: solutions.justes@gmail.com


Hours of Operation: Monday – Tuesday – Thursday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

COVID-19 : Our office is currently closed to the public until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please note that all staff members are now working remotely.

Roger Snelling

Seniors' Legal Clinic

About the Clinic

The Roger Snelling Clinic is a free legal information clinic that specializes in information and services in immigration and administrative law to a low-income immigrant population aged 55 and up, as well as Canadian born seniors. The Clinic uses an interdisciplinary approach in resolving their clients' issues and relies on the support of social workers, doctors and other community workers.

The Clinic was created as a response to the greater vulnerability of elderly migrants and other seniors, with the objective of increasing their autonomy and their establishment in their chosen community. The Clinic also aims to participate in the development of the field of elder law, with special attention to the unique situations faced by elders with a migrant background.

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Who we help

The Clinic provides services to people aged 55 and up, mainly immigrants, irrespective of their status in Canada. Its clientele is equally divided between people with a precarious immigration status and Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

How we help

Humanitarian immigration law

We offer individual consultations and information on the following subjects:​

  • Refugee claim process

  • Recourses following a negative refugee decision (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

Non-immigration related topics

We only provide information and referrals on the following subjects:

  • Access to health care (including long-term housing)

  • Provincial & federal pensions

  • Family law & personal status

  • Divorce

  • Access to grandchildren

  • Legal capacity (power of attorney)

The legacy of Roger Snelling

Roger Snelling was the director of MCM throughout the 90s, and a highly dedicated activist who touched countless lives. He was tenacious and was guided by his faith and social justice values. The Clinic seeks to honor his memory by continuing to serve the communities he was so committed to.

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Our impact in 2020

How to contact us

It is mandatory that you call or e-mail to make an appointment before coming to the Clinic. The Clinic does not accept drop-in visits.

 

The Clinic provides information by phone or by appointment. The office is located on the third floor of St. James United Church, and is not wheel-chair accessible. If you cannot come to the Clinic because of a handicap, please inform us.
 

Phone: (514) 844-9128, ext. 106

E-mail: mcm.cjma@gmail.com

Hours of Operation: Monday – Tuesday – Thursday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

COVID-19 : Our office is currently closed to the public until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please note that all staff members are now working remotely.