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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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 Arrivants (CANA), Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), RIVO et SINGA Québec organisent une marche symbolique sur la rue Sainte-Catherine le samedi 17 juin à l'occasion de la Journée mondiale des réfugiés (JMR). Lors de cette marche, nous célébrerons le courage et la résilience de celles et ceux qui ont dû fuir leur pays.

Le point de départ de la marche se trouve aux Résidences du YMCA au 4039 rue Tupper, station de métro Atwater.

Notez que les marcheurs sont attendus à midi et que le départ officiel se fera à 13h. La marche se terminera devant l'église St-Jax Montréal, au 1439 rue Ste-Catherine Ouest, où sont situés les bureaux d'Action Réfugiés Montréal. Sur place, plusieurs organismes dévoués à la cause des réfugiés animeront des kiosques d'information et des activités interactives. Des réfugiés prendront aussi la parole à cette occasion.

Cette année nous prévoyons une fête, de la musique, des couleurs, des animations artistiques et plusieurs autres surprises! Venez célébrer avec nous!

Si vous souhaitez être bénévole pour cet événement, veuillez contacter Emilia à l'adresse [email protected]



This year, Action Réfugiés Montreal (ARM), ALPA (Accueil et Liaison pour Arrivants), Carrefour d’aide aux nouveaux arrivants, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), RIVO and Singa Québec are organizing a symbolic walk on Saint Catherine Street in Montreal Saturday June 17th to celebrate World Refugee Day. During this walk, we will highlight the courage and resilience of those who had to flee their country.

This walk will start at the YMCA Residence on 4039 Tupper Street, near the Atwater metro station. Note that the participants are invited to assemble at 11h30 and the walk will officially start at 1pm. The walk will end in front of the church St-Jax Montreal, 1439 St-Catherine West, where the Action Réfugiés Montreal office is located.

Many organisations devoted to the refugee cause will hold information kiosks and interactive activities. We will also hear from some refugees during the event.

This year we are looking forward to a bigger party, music, dance, lots of colours, and many other surprises! Come celebrate with us!

If you wish to be a volonteer for this event, please contact Emilia at [email protected]
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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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Notre Assemblée générale annuelle: ce jeudi soir! Joignez-vous à nous!
Our Annual General Meeting is happening Thursday evening. Please join us!
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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