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Social profiling and homelessness

Social profiling and homelessness

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In 2004, the Commission established a committee on homelessness that included representatives from the City of Montréal and community organizations. This work led to the implementation of a number of initiatives designed to help the homeless, including the creation of the specialized legal aid clinic Droits Devant This link will redirect you to an external Website in a new window. (in French only) and l’Équipe de médiation urbaine This link will redirect you to an external Website in a new window. (in French only) (PDF, 517 Ko). The members of this working group were particularly concerned by the fact that tickets issued for minor offences disproportionately affected the homeless, and led to a large proportion of them being imprisoned for non-payment of fines. Following this study, the Commission undertook to assess the extent to which municipal regulations and their application complied with the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms.

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Did you know?

3 016 people were homeless in Montréal on the night of March 24, 2015 according to a count carried out for the City of Montréal. However this finding is challenged by several organizations.

A 1996-1997 study conducted for the Institut de la statistique du Québec found that 28 214 people were homeless in the Montréal-Centre region.



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