How we help

With 6 staff members, and with the help of interns and volunteers, ARM provides direct, person-to-person assistance to help refugees start new lives in Canada.

Our programs help refugee claimants, accepted refugees and sponsored refugees access protection and justice, and develop a sense of belonging in Canadian society.

Sponsorship Program

IMPORTANT NOTICE: On January 9, 2017, 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 works closely with people of any nationality or religion, who are living in the Montréal region, to sponsor family members who have been displaced from their country of origin. We also help match local congregations with refugee families in need of assistance and offer information and training sessions.


Twinning Program

With a focus on creating opportunities for additional social support, ARM facilitates a matching process between refugee women and women volunteers in Montreal. We organize monthly activities for the participants, who also meet one-on-one throughout the month to do other activities of interest.


Detention Program

Through weekly visits, ARM provides legal information, emotional support and other forms of direct assistance to people detained in the Immigration Holding Centre. Priority is given to refugee claimants and vulnerable people. ARM also accompanies detainees to detention review hearings at the Immigration and Refugee Board.



Our Mission Statement includes a mandate to raise awareness of refugee rights.

Action Réfugiés Montréal is regularly invited to speak to classes in universities, colleges and high schools. We share our unique expertise on refugee claimants and sponsored refugees in panels at conferences and special events.



ARM is a strong voice for the refugee experience in Quebec and beyond.

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has recognized ARM’s expertise in refugee protection and our understanding of Canada’s overseas selection and inland determination processes.