Fact sheets

Community legal clinics

Legal Aid Ontario is the primary funder of 76 community legal clinics, which can help with basic needs such as housing, health care and employment.

Available services vary according to each clinics resources. Some of the legal matters that clinics cover include:

  • social assistance matters and appeals for Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program
  • Employment Insurance appeals
  • workplace safety
  • appeals at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board
  • help with housing matters that may include representation at the Landlord and Tenant Board
  • Canada Pension Plan appeals or issues

Some clinics provide help in other areas of law, depending on local needs.

There are also 17 speciality legal clinics that focus on marginalized groups of disadvantaged clients or particular areas of law that affect large numbers of low-income people. They represent the elderly, the disabled, urban First Nation, Mtis and Inuit, and persons with HIV/AIDS.

To find a local legal clinic, visit legalaid.on.ca/clinics

Contact us

Toll-free: 1-800-668-8258

TTY service for the hearing impaired: 1-866-641-8867

Service is available Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visit legalaid.on.ca for more information on Legal Aid Ontarios (LAO) services

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