Emergency services in Montreal


For general emergency, call

911 (free call from any phone including pay phones)
112 is the emergency number for mainland Europe and can also be used in Canada.


Canada is generally a safe place to travel with few risks to your health or harm from crime. The health care system is one of the best in the world. Visitors should note that, while Canada has universal health care for residents, health care is not free for visitors.

Be aware that most Canadian provinces have banned all indoor smoking in public places and near entrances. Some bans include areas such as bus shelters and outdoor patiosas well.

Sports events can inspire drunken violence. Beware of large and rowdy groups. However, reasonable behavior should prevent any issues.

The Public Safety site for Canada (French: Sécurité publique Canada) offers complete information about potential issues and solutions throughout the country. This includes: Emergency management, national security, crime prevention, law enforcement policy, and corrections policy.

Soft Drugs

The laws are in flux regarding soft drug use. Being discreet and carrying less than an ounce for personal use is usually safe.

Natural Precautions

Tap water in Canada is safe to drink, if sometimes heavily chlorinated.

If venturing out into the country, take along:

  • Compass
  • Detailed maps
  • Waterproof clothing
  • Torch (flashlight)
  • Adequate shoe ware
  • Charged mobile phone (ANY phone is capable of making a 911 emergency call if there is a signal available)
The weather can change suddenly and you should always be aware of your surroundings. Trail Canada offers resources on how to stay safe and navigate the great outdoors.

Update 21/05/2013

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