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Free or low-cost resources

Some organizations allow you to speak with a professional at little or no cost to help you understand your rights and start the legal process. The Community Justice Centers provide this type of service throughout Quebec.

For a complete list of organizations in your region, consult our map.


A lawyer can help you understand your rights, represent you in court, and draft legal proceedings.

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A lawyer can represent you free of charge or for a maximum fee of $800 if you qualify for legal aid.

Commissioners for oaths

A Commissioner for oaths allows you to sign a document under oath.

You can be sworn free of charge at a courthouse, a Services Québec office, or a Community Justice Center.

You can also find a Commissioner for Oaths by using the search engine provided by the Ministère de la Justice du Québec.


A bailiff can, among other things, deliver legal documents and seize property or money.

Find a bailiff (website in French only - Chambre des huissiers de justice du Québec)

Family mediators

A family mediator helps you reach an agreement to settle the consequences of your separation.

Find a family mediator (Justice Québec)


A notary can, among other things, help you understand your rights, draft amicable separation agreements, formalize the sale of a house, and prepare wills.

Find a notary (Chambre des notaires du Québec)


Help lines

Contact the Info-Social service at 8-1-1 or a Crisis Centre for advice from a professional in psychosocial intervention. If required, this professional will direct you to another resource in the health and social services network or to a community organization.

If you fear for your safety or the safety of your loved ones:

In case of emergency, call 9-1-1

Guidance counsellor

A guidance counsellor can help you reflect on your career choice or your return to the job market.

Find a guidance counsellor (website in French only - Ordre des conseillers et conseillères d'orientation du Québec)

Psychologist and psychotherapist

A psychologist or a psychotherapist can help you better understand your emotions and provide you with tools to resolve your personal, family, or marital problems.

Find a psychologist and psychotherapist (website in French only - Ordre des psychologues du Québec)

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Where can I find free or low-cost psychological services? (website in French only - Ordre des psychologues du Québec)

Marriage and Family Therapist

A marriage and family therapist can help you improve or re-establish communication in your relationship or family.

Find a marriage and family therapist (website on French only - Ordre des travailleurs sociaux et des thérapeutes conjugaux et familiaux du Québec)

Social worker

A social worker can help you find concrete solutions to overcome your interpersonal, organizational, or functional challenges. He or she can also conduct a psychosocial assessment as part of a legal proceeding.  

Find a social worker (website in French only - Ordre des travailleurs sociaux et des thérapeutes conjugaux et familiaux du Québec)


Free or low-cost resources

The Associations coopératives d’économie familiale (ACEF) can help you review your budget, apply for government assistance, file your income tax returns, or negotiate a payment agreement with your creditors.

For a list of ACEF by region, consult our map.


An actuary can help you assess the partitionable value of your retirement plans, investments, and publicly traded shares. He or she can also make a projection of your income. This information is sometimes necessary in a legal proceeding.

Find an actuary (Canadian Institute of Actuaries)

Chartered Appraiser

The chartered appraiser independently evaluates the market value of a property.

Find a chartered appraiser (website in French only - Ordre des évaluateurs agréés du Québec)

Assistance and resources

Emergency: 9-1-1
Domestic Violence Helpline: 1-800-363-9010
Sexual Violence Helpline : 1-888-933-9007

Crime Victims Assistance Centre (CAVAC)

CAVACs provide front-line services for crime victims, their loved ones, and crime witnesses.

CAVAC staff can provide information about your rights and recourses and about how the justice system works. They can help you with any steps you take. They can also provide psychosocial and referrals to specialized resources.

To make an appointment at a CAVAC resource in your area: 1-866-532-2822 (free)

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Crime Victims Assistance Centre (CAVAC)

Centre d’aide et de lutte contre les agressions à caractère sexuel (CALACS)

CALACS are sexual assault suport centres for women and teenage girls who have been sexually assaulted.

Some of the services offered:

  • Telephone support
  • Support groups
  • Meetings with counsellors
  • Support for steps taken with the police, in court, or at the hospital, for applications for compensation, or in interactions with employers and institutions.


Telephone line for the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions (DCPP)

1-877-547-3727 (free) - Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Are you a victim of sexual assault? Are you considering making a complaint? The DCPP telephone line is a free and confidential service that allows you to ask a prosecuting attorney specializing in sexual offence cases any questions you may have.

This service is confidential and bilingual.

Sexual Violence Helpline

1-888-933-9007 (free) – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

This helpline is a listening, assistance and referral service for victims of sexual assault and their loved ones.

This service is confidential and bilingual.

Support centres and shelters for women victims of domestic violence

Support centres and shelters help women victims of domestic violence and their children.

Some of the services offered:

  • Telephone support, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day
  • Safe accommodation
  • Information, referrals, and support and help with any actions you take
  • Defence of your rights
  • Post-shelter support
  • Social activities.

To find a shelter near you, visit the following sites:

Rebâtir - Free legal consultation services

1-833-732-2847 (free) – Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Rebâtir is a service that provides four hours of free legal consultation to all victims of sexual or domestic violence.

Twelve legal aid lawyers trained in this subject matter are available to answer questions from victims about all areas of the law.

This service is confidential and bilingual.

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SOS Violence conjugale

Emergency line: 1-800-363-9010 (free) – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

SOS Violence conjugale helps victims of domestic violence and anyone affected by domestic violence.

Staff is there to listen and direct you to specialized resources that can meet your specific needs, whether an emergency shelter, psychological support, help with any steps you take, or more information.

This service is confidential and bilingual.

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