I am not sure I need help with a family matter I need help with a criminal matter I need help with a civil matter I need help with a housing matter I need help in the courtroom I need help with a Domestic Violence issue I need help with an immigration/refugee matter I need help with a government assistance matter I need to know how to prepare for court I am not Canadian but I live in Ontario and need legal help I need help with a civil matter in Ontario but live in another Canadian province
looking to work for legal aid a member of the press a lawyer looking for the LAO office nearest to you

Where to Start

What kind of help are you looking for?

Or are you...

Welcome to Legal Aid Ontario

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

Getting legal help

Do you need 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.

Current wait time:  

Telephone services for people who are deaf, deafened or hard of hearing:

Find the location nearest you

Learn more about:

Getting help from Legal Aid Ontario

Legal aid eligibility

Financial eligiblity

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.


2015 Sidney B. Linden award goes to Bob Richardson
Thursday, January 28

Paralegal and mentor lawyer prove to be a powerful legal team
Thursday, January 21

Lawyer satisfaction survey results for 2015
Monday, January 18

Debbie Draganits receives the prestigious AODA 10th Anniversary Champion award
Friday, December 18

LAO thanks outgoing CEO for his contributions to legal aid
Thursday, December 17



Hot Bytes: News for lawyers HotBytes RSS Feed

Panel lawyers: complete your 2015 self-report by the March 31 deadline
Tuesday, January 12

New coverage for immigration detainees through habeas corpus
Tuesday, January 12

Revised Refugee Protection Division practice manual now available online
Wednesday, December 23

Legal eligibility

Effective June 8, 2015

Qs & As

Legal Aid Online

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

Monitor our progress

We’re resolving all concerns about Legal Aid Online raised during extensive consultations with stakeholders in 2013.
Clearer billing processes, faster payments, more support

LAO's strategic directions

Aboriginal Justice Strategy

Domestic Violence Strategy

Mental Health Justice Strategy

Clinic Transformation

Business plans


Gladue reports: not just a sentencing report
Aboriginal Justice Strategy | Feb. 19, 2015

Hard drumming to restore community harmony
Aboriginal Justice Strategy | Feb. 19, 2015

The "I Do Care" project
Mental Health Strategy | Jan. 19, 2015

Legal aid clinics

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

Clinic strategy


Compensation increase 2014/15
Monday, February 23

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO), an independent but publicly funded and publicly accountable non-profit corporation. None of this material may be commercially reproduced, but copying for other purposes, with credit, is encouraged.

© 1998-2015 Legal Aid Ontario, all rights reserved

Privacy Policy  |  Accountability  |  Disclaimer