MACES is currently holding a referendum, October 9 – 22, 2023, to decide if YOU support the continuation of the Legal Essentials Service (formerly known and Legal Protection Program) and Virtual Health Care (provided by Dialogue). The deadline to vote is Sunday, October 22, at 11:59 p.m. Your participation by virtual vote is vital to our ability to continue to advocate and enhance the service offerings available to you as School of Continuing Studies learners.

So, what do both services offer to the eligible students*?

Let’s dive into the details.

The Legal Essentials Service offers unlimited access to a legal consultation service to consult a duly certified lawyer in your province of study regarding any legal question via a toll-free legal assistance helpline. It also includes further counsel should you qualify for legal representation.

The Legal Essentials will provide you with:

  • Legal assistance helpline: unlimited access to a helpline through which to consult a lawyer on any legal question to obtain legal guidance, opinion, and advice;
  • Legal representation: a lawyer would take charge of proceedings related to housing, employment, academic, small claims, civil mediation, and human rights disputes;
  • Lawyers’ fees would be unlimited in the areas of disputes covered by the Program.
Legal Essentials Service FAQ

Access to in-person health services can often be limited and inconvenient for students. With Virtual Health Care (provided by Dialogue), health care is always just a tap away no matter where students are, and you never have to wait in line at a clinic. Connect virtually with nurses and physicians via a mobile or web app in Canada.

What does the Service include?

  • Nurse consultations via chat, video, or phone
  • Doctor consultations via video for diagnosis or prescriptions
  • Prescription renewal and free delivery to your pharmacy or door Specialist referrals and lab requests
  • Navigation to local resources to book medical appointments when an in-person consultation is needed
  • Access from across Canada for minor emergencies 24/7 Consultations with health professionals in your time zone: Mon. – Fri. from 8 am to 8 pm, Sat. – Sun. from 10 am to 4 pm
Virtual Health Care FAQ

*All students who are MACES fee paying members registered in credit courses are automatically covered under the Legal Essentials Service (formerly Legal Protection Program) and Virtual Health Care Service (Dialogue). Students registered in non-credit transcript courses and non-credit non transcript courses are not currently eligible to enroll into these services, and we are currently working to change this.


You can vote online between October 9 – 22, 2023. Visit to #VOTE. You will need to log in with your McGill email ID and password. If you have any issues logging in, please email the MACES Chief Returning Officer (CRO) at for assistance and provide your McGill email address.

The voting process should only take 2 minutes. We will appreciate if you’ll take the time to share your opinion.