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Welcome to Legal Aid Ontario

Legal Aid Ontario provides legal assistance for low-income people.


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Legal Aid Ontario offices will be closed on Family Day

Please note that all Legal Aid Ontario offices, as well as our toll-free number, will be closed on Monday, February 19 for Family Day. All offices and the call centre will resume regular business hours on Tuesday, Feb. 20.

Getting legal help

Get legal aid help in over 200 languages at 1-800-668-8258 toll-free (or 416-979-1446 in Toronto)

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Best time to call: 9 to 10 a.m.

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If you are deaf, deafened or hard of hearing you can call us on Bell relay or TTY.

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Getting help from Legal Aid Ontario

Does your problem qualify for legal aid?

Does your income qualify for legal aid?

Types of help

Other types of help

Legal Aid Ontario’s criminal and refugee law information website

Family Law Information Program (FLIP)
A free online resource for families, former spouses and partners about to enter the family justice system.


LAO issues third quarter report for 2017/18
Thursday, February 15

2017 Sidney B. Linden Award goes to Grace Pluchino
Thursday, January 11

A new legal aid clinic for Black Ontarians
Wednesday, January 10



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Effective December 10, 2017: Changes to charges heard separately certificate issuing process
Wednesday, December 6

LAO and MAG develop resources for family law cases subject to the Hague Service Convention
Thursday, November 30

LAO reintroducing merit consideration for Consent and Capacity Board appeals
Monday, November 6

Legal Aid Online

Lawyers and legal office staff can submit accounts and view their status on the secure Legal Aid Online website.

LAO's strategic directions

Aboriginal Justice Strategy

Bail strategy

Domestic Violence Strategy

Mental Health Justice Strategy

Racialized Communities Strategy

Clinic Transformation

Clinic law services strategic direction

Performance measures for clinics

Business plans

Legal aid clinics

Legal Aid Ontario funds 76 community legal clinics throughout the province. Thirteen of these clinics provide specialty legal services.
Learn more.