Compassion and Justice for Refugees

Action Réfugiés Montréal is a strong voice for refugees in Montréal and beyond.

We seek justice for asylum-seekers and refugees. We promote partnerships among refugees, faith communities and society at large for mutual empowerment. Through our programs we provide hope and assistance while raising awareness of refugee rights.

Sponsorship Program

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Ministry of Immigration, Diversity, and Inclusion announced a Suspension of acceptance of new sponsorship applications as of January 27, 2017. Please read the official notice here. We regret that we will be unable to start any new files in 2017 until further notice.

ARM has a private sponsorship program, where people in the Montreal region can sponsor family members who are living in a refugee situation overseas. ARM supports approved sponsors in order to prepare their files and offers follow-up services during the duration of the sponsorship period. All services are provided free of charge.

Detention program

Through Action Réfugiés Montréal’s Detention Program, we provide support to people detained for immigration reasons at the Laval Immigration Holding Centre. Action Réfugiés Montréal is the only organization to visit the Laval IHC on a weekly basis to provide support to detainees.

Twinning program

The goal of our Twinning Program is to create social support for newly arrived woman refugees and to allow Montréal women to learn about the refugee experience firsthand. ARM matches refugee women with women volunteers and through regular meetings, the “twins” create bonds of friendship and solidarity.


“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.”

– Steve Maraboli

Update: Suspension of new sponsorship applications

The Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion (MIDI) has recently updated its website with information clarifying the status of the sponsorship suspension which was announced in January of this year. To read the original suspension notice, click here. We have...

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Merci au 200+ participant(e)s à la marche Journée mondiale des réfugiés. Nous avons eu l'aide de plus de 40 bénévoles dynamiques! ... See MoreSee Less

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C'est demain...La journée s'annonce chaude et festive!!! Nous espérons vous y voir nombreux 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less

Journée Mondiale des Réfugiés 2017

June 17, 2017, 12:00pm - June 17, 2017, 5:00pm

JOURNÉE MONDIALE DES RÉFUGIÉS 2017 - Ensemble nous bâtissons le Québec Cette année, Action Réfugiés Montréal (ARM), ALPA (Accueil et Liaison pour Arrivants), Carrefour d’Aide aux Nouveaux...

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Nous sommes ravis d'avoir participé au lancement du livre '' Nos plumes comme des armes.'' Une partie des profits des ventes sera donnée à notre mission.


We are delighted to have been in attendance at the book launch of '' Our Words as Weapons.'' A portion of the profits from the sale of the book will be donated to our work.
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Cathy participe toujours à la conférence internationale organisée par le HCR à Genève avec, parmi d'autres, seulement 5 participants du Canada. Nous présentons nos idées au sujet de la réinstallation des réfugiés.
Cathy is participating at the international conference organized by the UNHCR in Geneva with, among others, only 5 Canadian NGO's, discussing our ideas on the subject of resettlement.
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Daily phone calls

Persons arrived since 1994

Media Requests

Thank you very much for all your efforts to help us out to get my relative released. I could not possibly put how much we appreciate the work you do in words.

Relative of a recent detainee

My entire family is dancing in joy and we remember your office in our happy moments. We want to hug your entire team! God bless you all!

Sponsorship client whose family was accepted