Homelessness - EMRII

The Équipe mobile de référence et d’intervention en itinérance (EMRII) works with homeless people in Montréal who are in repeated situations involving the police. This is a second-line service, created in September 2009 at the SPVM's initiative, and it involves six police officers and four outreach workers from the CIUSSS Centre-Sud-de-l'Île-de-Montréal. These team members work together to find solutions for the multiple recurring problems experienced by some homeless people. 

The goal is to follow – for the medium and long term and sometimes even for years – people who would otherwise be sent from one service to another, with no coordinated oversight for the entire range of their difficulties.

This partnership between the SPVM and the CIUSSS Centre-Sud-de-l'Île-de-Montréal has helped the stakeholders in the healthcare community understand the police side of interventions with the homeless and helped the police understand the healthcare perspective, ensuring the two organizations no longer work in silo.

Because their services are complementary, the EMRII team can monitor people in all spheres of their lives and make recommendations on both the healthcare side and the law enforcement side.


  • To develop interventions that are better suited to homeless people
  • To gain a more rounded understanding of the needs and realities of these people
  • To improve the living conditions of homeless people
  • To improve the accessibility and continuity of services among different partners in the community, using joint solutions
  • To encourage harmonious social cohabitation among homeless people and other residents
  • To foster social rehabilitation
  • To reduce prosecutions


The SPVM and the CIUSSS Centre-Sud-de-l'Île-de-Montréal rely on several partners in different sectors, both private and public: health and social services, justice, community organizations.



  • In November 2013, EMRII won an honourable mention at the Prix d’excellence du ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux. The project CSSS Jeanne-Mance et SPVM : duo de choc! was presented in the Partnership category.
  • In May 2011, EMRII won the first prize (ex-aequo) at the Prix d'excellence Intersection, du ministère de la Sécurité publique. 

To contact the EMRII:

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