Directory of accredited civil mediators
Civil mediation offers a simple and flexible way to settle a dispute, and is generally quicker and less expensive than a trial.
The directory below lists all the civil mediators working in Québec who have been certified by a body recognized by the Minister of Justice.
Mediators listed in the directory are certified by one of four bodies recognized by the Ministère de la Justice:
- Barreau du Québec;
- Chambre des notaires du Québec;
- Institut de médiation et d'arbitrage du Québec;
- Université de Sherbrooke.
Mediators must undertake to apply best practices in the field of civil mediation in Québec and must, in particular,
- have successfully completed a relevant training course, lasting at least 60 hours, covering the main theoretical and practical aspects of mediation within the last five years, and have completed a minimum of 10 hours of relevant skills upgrading over two years;
- abide by the rules of conduct applicable to the mediation profession, including the rules on confidentiality, fairness and procedural quality;
- have set up a written procedure to review complaints, to ensure that they are dealt with fairly and at no charge;
- have submitted a file showing no administrative or criminal penalties incompatible with work as a mediator;
- have taken out civil liability insurance.
Article 1 of the Code of Civil Procedure states that “Parties must consider private prevention and resolution processes [which include negotiation, mediation and arbitration] before referring their dispute to the courts.”
In addition, article 606 of the Code gives certified mediators the privilege of non-compellability, which means that they cannot be compelled to disclose anything they hear or learn in the course of the mediation process, or produce a document prepared or obtained in the course of the mediation process, even if required to do so by a judge, unless
- the law requires its disclosure;
- a person’s life, safety or personal integrity is at stake;
- its disclosure is necessary for the mediator to be able to defend against a claim of professional fault.