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Provincial & National Resources

Legal Aid Ontario

Legal Aid Ontario provides legal aid services to low-income individuals in the province of Ontario.

Legal issues that are covered by LAO include: domestic violence, family law, child custody, refugee and immigration hearings, and poverty law. LAO also provides assistance in criminal cases where the accused faces a substantial likelihood of incarceration. With offences that can be prosecuted as either a summary or indictable offence, legal aid applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

1-800-668-8258   (toll-free)

416-979-1446   (within GTA)

 

Law Society of Ontario Referral Service

The Law Society of Ontario Referral Service is a resource that enables anyone to find a licensed lawyer or paralegal.  They provide the name of a lawyer or paralegal that will provide you with up to half an hour of free legal consultation to help you determine your rights and options.  The LSRS has access to lawyers that can help with many of legal matters. You can start the online process of obtaining a lawyer referral or paralegal referral at www.findlegalhelp.ca, 24 hours a day.

1-800-268-8326   (toll-free)

416-947-3330   (within GTA)

 

Justice Net

Justice Net is a non-profit service promoting increased access to justice for low to medium-income Canadians who live in Ontario.  Justice Net offers a publicly accessible online directory of participating professionals and a telephone service to connect clients with qualified lawyers, mediators and paralegals registered with the program, all of whom have agreed to devote some of their practice to cases of low and medium income clients at reduced hourly fees.  Clients must fit into a certain income bracket to qualify for the service.

1-866-919-3219   (toll-free)

416-479-0551  (within GTA)

 

Ministry of the Attorney General – Family Law Information Centre

FLIC services are located in courthouses across Ontario.  At these centres you can find information about numerous family law issues, services, alternate methods of dispute resolution, and local community resources and court processes. 

Ottawa Court House, 116 Elgin Street, 2nd Floor

 

Human Rights Legal Support Centre

The Centre helps to provide legal advice to individuals who have experienced discrimination in communities across Ontario.  They can help you to: resolve a dispute involving you rights under the Human rights code, file an application to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, take your application to mediation or a hearing at the tribunal, enforce an Order  of the Tribunal if they find that you have experienced discrimination. 

The central office is in Toronto, yet it serves as a medium to connect you to the services you require for you legal issue.

1-866-625-5179   (toll-free)

416-597-4900   (within GTA)

 

Advocacy Centre for the Elderly

The Advocacy Centre for the Elderly is a Toronto based legal clinic for low income senior citizens.

ACE provides direct legal services to low-income seniors, public legal education, and engages in law reform activities, all of which are directly related to legal of special importance to the seniors' population.

416-598-2656

 

Connecting Ottawa

Their goal is to improve the accessibility of legal services to people who are not proficient in speaking English or French or who struggle with communicating as a result of disability or sensory impairment.  This project uses its network of 40 Ottawa based health, legal, immigration, disability and social services agencies to ease the accessing and communication process between clients and the necessary

Project Manager Gina Grosenick: (613) 862-7601

Lawyer Alex Derisier: 613-402-9437

 

Action Housing

Action Housing is a charitable organization whose mission is to help low-income individuals and families to find and acquire safe, affordable, and satisfactory housing.  Action Housing offers bilingual service to socially and economically disadvantaged clients with multiple centres of access to housing services.

613-562-8219

 

Samaritan Support Services of Ottawa Carleton

The SSSOC has three fundamental programs: the Academic Enhancement program, which is targeted to 11 – 18 year olds to assist them with homework and exam preparation.  The SSSOC Food bank is open to provide emergency food distribution every Friday from 3-4:30pm.  The third program is the Financial improvement program, which provides clients with assistance for their income tax preparation as well as offering courses in budgeting, debt cancellation, home buying, and life insurance information. This program operates on Saturdays from 10 am – 3:30 pm between February and May.

613-729-3172

 

HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic (HALCO) 

HALCO provides free legal services for people living with HIV/AIDS in Ontario. As people who are diagnosed with HIV can have a wide variety of legal questions, from concerns relating to disclosure, privacy, access to health care, and immigration law to social assistance and employment-related questions, everyone who is diagnosed with HIV can ask for free legal advice. There is no financial eligibility for this legal advice service.  Some staff speak French, and interpreters can be assessed by phone and in-person. 

Anyone living with HIV in Ontario can call for free legal advice about any legal issue (the issue does not have to be HIV-related): 

1- 416-340-7790 or toll-free 1-888-705-8889. NOTE: Summer intake hours for new inquiries are: Monday and Wednesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Referrals and information can be made even if HALCO is unable to directly assist. . You can find more information on the Contact Us page at:  https://www.halco.org/contact-us.

 

Pro Bono Ontario Education Law Project

The Education Law Program through Pro Bono Ontario "offers free legal help for families whose children face challenges to their rights in public schools."

1-855-255-7256 - Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursday from 1:00pm - 3:30pm

 

CLEO Wills and Power of Attorney Guided Pathways 

"CLEO’s Guided Pathways for wills and powers of attorney are a series of online interviews that ask you questions and create legal documents based on your answers. Each question includes information that explains how to answer it. The pathways are free to use."

 

Provincial & National Disability Organizations

 

Council of Canadians with Disabilities

Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) improves status of persons with disabilities through monitoring Federal legislation as it impacts on people with disabilities.

926, 294 Portage Ave.
Winnipeg, MB R3C 0B9
Phone: (204) 947-0303

 

Canadian Paraplegic Association

211 Bronson Avenue Unit 241 Ottawa, ON K1R 6H5

416-422-5644

Toll free :1-877-422-1112

 

Canadian Association for Community Living

Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) is Canada's national association dedicated to promoting the participation of people with intellectual disabilities in all aspects of community life.

1 University Avenue, Floor 3, Toronto, ON M5J 2P1

416-661-9611

Toll-Free Phone: 1-855-661-9611

 

The Canadian National Institute for the Blind

The Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) helps blind, visually impaired, and deaf-blind Canadians address one of the greatest challenges of their lives: thriving - not just surviving - in a sighted world.

National Office: 1929 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, ON M4G 3E8

Email: info@cnib.ca         

Call us toll-Free: 1-800-563-2642

 

Canadian Association of the Deaf

Canadian Association of the Deaf promotes and protects the rights, needs and concerns of Canadians who are deaf.

Suite 606, 251 Bank Street Ottawa, ON K2P 1X3

Phone : +1 (613) 565-2882

info@cad.ca

 

National Educational Association of Disabled Students 

NEADS - National Educational Association of Disabled Students promotes the self-empowerment of post-secondary students with disabilities.

Rm. 514, Unicentre, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Carleton University Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5B6 

Telephone: 613-380-8065

Toll-Free: 1-877-670-1256

E-mail: info@neads.ca

 

DisAbled Women's Network

DisAbled Women's Network (DAWN) is a national, cross disability organisation of women with disabilities in Canada whose focus is in the area of research, defining the needs and concerns of women with disabilities and designing programs to address those needs and concerns.

469, Jean Talon W. #215 Montréal (Quebec) H3N 1R4

Phone : (514) 396-0009

Toll Free : 1-866-396-0074

Fax : (514) 396-6585

 

Independent Living Canada 

2451 Riverside Drive Ottawa ON Canada K1H 7X7 

1-877-713-3373 

(613) 563-2581

fax.:  (613) 563-3861

info@ilc-vac.ca

 

National Institute of Disability Management and Research

National Institute of Disability Management and Research is committed to reducing the human, social and economic cost of disability to workers, employers and society through education, training and research.

4755 Cherry Creek Road, Port Alberni, BC V9Y 0A7

Telephone: (778) 421-0821

Fax: (778) 421-0823

 

Neil Squire Foundation 

The Neil Squire Foundation was founded to help provide people with disabilities the same choices, opportunities and quality of life as any other people. The Foundation uses technology to increase participation in recreation, employment, communication and ultimately, to create a life full of choices and independence for people with severe mobility impairment.

Suite 150, 34 Colonnade Road Ottawa, ON K2E 7J6

T 613 723 3575

F 613 723 3579

on.info@neilsquire.ca

 

Praxis Spinal Cord Institute

6400 - 818 West 10th Avenue Vancouver BC V5Z 1M9

Phone: 604.827.2421

Fax: 604.827.1669