I am moving, what kind of help can I get?

By: 211 team

Like every year, thousands of people move during the summer. Apart from actual moving services (truck rental and labor), other issues can become obstacles for people who are vulnerable, with reduced mobility and in precarious situations. Choosing a moving company, doing the work or even getting furniture: community and public resources can help you.


For people's safety and the protection of personal property, the community sector does not provide moving services. Community organizations must be insured in case of injury, accident or damage to personal belongings. Thus, the cost of insurance, not to mention that of truck rentals and gas would be too expensive for the financial capacity of community organizations. It is also very hard to find volunteers able to lift heavy items.


Packing boxes

About a dozen of organizations provide help for packing boxes. However, please note that this service is mostly offered to seniors.


Where to find or give used items

A move is the perfect opportunity to get rid of certain things, some that might even be cumbersome. Many organizations will take these items, if you can deliver them yourself. Others will go pick them up from your home. It can be furniture, household items, clothes or any other object that can get a second life. Items are then sold or given for free to people in need.

If, on the contrary, you wish to furnish your appartement at low cost, you can also benefit from these services. To learn more about how donating or used item pickups work, read our article.


Recycling instead of throwing out

Municipalities generally make available to citizens Eco Centres where anyone can drop off household items, construction materials, organic matter, recyclable materials, electronics, hazardous household waste, sports and leisure equipment, vehicles and clothing.


Montréal Ecocentres

Laval Ecocentres (French only)

Longueuil Ecocentres (French only)


Choosing your moving company

There is a high volume of requests for moving services during the period surrounding July 1st. This demand can really increase the risk of choosing the first available company, sometimes at the expense of quality of service.

To avoid unnecessary problems, we strongly encourage you to check with the Office de la protection du consommateur (OPC) to see if the company has had any complaints in the past: Office de la protection du consommateur.


Change of address

Finally, do not forget to make your change of address. It is important to notify your service providers in telecommunications (telephone, internet) and public utilities (Hydro-Québec, Gaz Métro, etc.).

And thanks to the Service Québécois de changement d'adresse (SQCA), you can forward your new address to these six departments and agencies in one single step:

  • Directeur général des élections du Québec
  • Ministère du Travail, de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale
  • Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec
  • Retraite Québec
  • Revenu Québec
  • Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec


Happy moving!

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