Programs are offered at the Elizabeth Fry Society of Quebec's three main locations: Montreal, Quebec City and Gatineau. Some are offered in prison, others in the community.

Contact the nearest location to find out which programs are available.

To register for community programs in Montreal:

  • Telephone : 1.844.489.2116 # 5
  • Cell phone : 514.647.8826
  • Email : programmesmtl [at] (programmesmtl[at]elizabethfry[dot]qc[dot]ca)

To register for community programs in Quebec City:

  • Telephone : 1.844.489.2116 # 1
  • Cell phone : 581.984.8658
  • Email : programmesmtl [at] (cefq[at]elizabethfry[dot]qc[dot]ca)

To register for community programs in Gatineau:

  • Telephone : 1.844.489.2116 # 3
  • Email : programmesmtl [at] (cefo[at]elizabethfry[dot]qc[dot]ca)

Community programs are free of charge. They are offered in person or remotely.


Anger Management

This program raises awareness about the benefits of anger management. It offers tools for learning to better communicate and to properly handle conflict situations. Offered in a group setting, it helps participants realize that they are not alone in experiencing such difficulties, and helps break down social isolation.

How it works :

  • An initial assessment interview;
  • 6 workshops of 2,5 hours each in a closed group of maximum 12 people during 6 weeks;
  • An individual meeting at the end of the program;
  • A participation certificate given during the last workshop;
  • Offered in French only;
  • Offered only to people who are in conflict with the law.

Autonomous and free

Autonomous and free is a tool for change and empowerment. It enables women to work in groups on emotional autonomy. A workbook is handed out at each workshop, with exercises and readings to take you further. Themes covered include: self-care, self-esteem, my body, my image, relationships, managing emotions, assertiveness, the power of change.

How it works :

  • 8 workshops of 2,5 hours each during 8 weeks;
  • Closed group of 6 to 10 people;
  • Offered in French only;
  • Available remotely or in person, depending on the group;
  • Offered only to women who are in conflict with the law.


This program offers participants with an intermittent sentence at the Établissement Leclerc de Laval, the chance to complete their sentence in the community while rediscovering their potential and strengths with the help of a community worker. The program aims to initiate a change while working on problem-solving, emotions, relationships and negative thoughts. Enrolment in this program increases the chances of obtaining a temporary absence after serving one sixth of the sentence and to complete the intermittent sentence in the community.

How it works :

  • 6 workshops of 3 hours each during 6 weeks;
  • In groups;
  • Offered in French only;
  • Unjustified absences are not accepted;
  • Offered in person;
  • Offered only to women with intermittent incarceration sentences.


Teams from our three locations offer these programs at the Établissement Leclerc de Laval (a provincial institution for women), at the women's sector of the Hull prison (Gatineau) and at the Quebec detention centre (Quebec City).

Contact the nearest location to find out about the available programs in detention.

Release Preparation

It proposes to create a personal assessment regarding one's situation and to develop a personalized release plan to promote social reintegration and prevent recidivism.

Anger Management

This program raises awareness of how to manage emotions, particularly anger, and to develop conflict resolution tools.

Relapse Prevention

This program allows participants to analyze their situation regarding an addiction problem while identifying specific areas of vulnerability and to find new coping mechanisms to prevent relapse.

A step towards autonomy

This program is designed to help develop one's emotional autonomy, understand the different forms of violence and to gain a better understanding of one's self.

Me first

This program proposes to analyze a lived relationship (family, love or friendship), to recognize the signs of an abusive relationship and to identify the traps, to recognize one's strengths and to discover the available resources.


Offers individual psychosocial counseling to people in the regular, protection or solitary confinement sectors for specific needs.

Face to face

Offers individual psychosocial support to women suffering from mental health issues.

Time out

This program provides support for women returning to prison following a revocation of a parole or of a temporary absence or following a suspended sentence.