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In this section, you will find the Liaison Bulletin that features a schedule of all Montreal Chapter activities. Published twice a year, the Bulletin contains useful information about community resources and letters from readers. It also includes information about housing resources and paratransit, among many other subjects.

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Reader's Column Rules for the Montreal Chapter Liaison Bulletin

Telephone Information and Referral

The Montreal Chapter is not always able to answer questions or respond to some requests. In such cases, people are referred to other resources which can help them better, based on the specific nature of their request: MS clinics, health professionals (sexologists, psychologists, etc.), CLSCs and community organizations.


Online resources repertory for the Montreal and Montérégie area. WikiGuideSP.ca (mostly in French)


The many benefits of massage therapy are well known. By using pressure and body manipulations, a massage calm or stimulate muscles, blood vessels, the lymphatic and nervous systems and internal organs. A massage has comforting effects that are both physiological and psychological.

A number of types of massage are used today. The most popular kinds are: shiatsu (Japanese), Swedish, Thai, kinesiology, integrated, Trager, stones, sports, deep tissue and biokinergy. There are 18 massage schools in Quebec recognized by the Fédération québécoise de massothérapie. You can learn more by visiting: www.fqm.qc.ca/liste-des-ecoles-accreditees

Some schools will allow you to sign up as a volunteer. As a volunteer, you will be given massages by students, who must sometimes choose people who have various pathologies, such as MS, for their practical work. Other schools provide massages for everyone at a cost of only $20.

Some massage schools in Montreal include:

Guijek 514-527-2666

Institut Kiné-concept 514-272-5463

Accès Trager 514-843-8382

Enjoy a good massage!

311 telephone system

To make life easier for you, the City of Montreal is improving access to its services with its new 311 telephone number. When you contact the City by phone, it is important to know for which district you wish to obtain information. You can also do this by e-mail, by mail or on site. For instance, you can obtain information on activities, museums, cultural centres, etc. If you use a mobility aid, don't forget to mention it to the representative taking your call, so that he or she can better respond to your request.

Residential Resources

Finding an apartment that meets your needs and expectations can sometimes be a huge challenge. In fact, many resources are available to help you find something you like, and maybe even your home sweet home.

Here are a few that might help you in your search.

Service Info-logement under the Programme des resources sociorésidentielles at the Centre Lucie-Bruneau: The Centre de réadaptation Lucie-Bruneau provides services to help you search for accessible housing. To complete the registration form, you must contact the Centre at 514-376-4757, ext. 2222. When you sign up, you should specify what your search criteria are. You will be contacted when housing that fits your needs is found. Please note that the next steps are up to you, e.g. visits and signing the lease. To keep their records up to date, it is important to inform Info-logement when you find suitable accommodations.

Office municipal d’habitation de Montréal (OMHM): The OMHM is a non-profit organization responsible for the management of low-rent housing (HLM) under the Rent Supplement Program of the Société d’habitation du Québec (SHQ – see details below) and of housing built as part of the Quebec Affordable Housing Program on the Island of Montreal. For more information, you can visit their website ( www.omhm.qc.ca) or contact them by phone at 514-868-5588.

Société d’habitation du Québec (SHQ): The SHQ provides a number of programs and services, including the rent supplement program, the shelter allowance program and residential adaptation assistance. You can reach the SHQ by phone by calling 1-800-463-4315, or you can visit their website at www.habitation.gouv.qc.ca by choosing the “Programs and Services” option on the menu on the left side.

The Rent Supplement Program is intended for low-income households, people with disabilities and people living in special circumstances (e.g. domestic violence) and enables them to live in a private rental-housing environment by paying the same rent as an HLM housing project. The SHQ pays the difference between the actual rent and the rent of an HLM housing project to the housing or building owner. Rent is calculated to equal 25% of the family’s total income in the civil year prior to the signing of the lease.

The Shelter Allowance Program is intended for single people age 55 or older or for low-income families with at least one child (children may be age 18 or older if they are full-time students). This allowance takes into account the household income, the number of occupants and the monthly rent. Assistance may be granted up to a maximum $80 per month.

The objective of the Residential Adaptation Assistance Program is to enable people with reduced mobility to perform their daily tasks and thereby facilitate home support. A number of criteria must be met to qualify for this program. In particular, an evaluation by an occupational therapist must demonstrate a significant disability and the absence of any other material or financial resources.

Confédération québécoise des coopératives d’habitation (CQCH):The Confederation brings together housing cooperatives, which are buildings or complexes where the lessees are also joint owners. As joint owners, members are responsible for building maintenance and the autonomous management of the cooperative. To learn more about how cooperatives work and the eligibility criteria, you can visit the CQCH website ( www.cooperativehabitation.coop) or contact the Fédération des coopératives d’habitation intermunicipale du Montréal métropolitain (FECHIMM) at 514-843-6929.

Afordable housing listings administered by the SHDM (updates every Friday)


Programs and organizations for people living with functionnal limitations.



Good news!

The STM will be improving its fleet of buses, which will be longer (accordion-style), with a wider front door as well as a flip-flop ramp that unfolds and is placed in front. These improvements to the regular service will make the buses more easily accessible to people in wheelchairs and those using other mobility aids. They will also give people with reduced mobility greater freedom.

Accessibility of the metro

The work involved in facilitating access to Montreal’s metro for people with reduced mobility will begin this spring. The first installation of elevators is scheduled for the Lionel-Groulx station. Four other stations on the Orange Line will then be modified: Côte-Vertu, Bonaventure, Berri-UQAM and Henri-Bourassa.

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