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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.

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Types of help

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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.


Legal Aid Ontario recognized for helping immigrant victims of domestic violence
Tuesday, November 24

Legal Aid Ontario posts its submission on carding and street checks
Tuesday, November 17

Community Advocacy & Legal Centre celebrates 35 years of service
Monday, November 9

Legal Aid Ontario welcomes the province’s decision to prohibit carding and street checks
Friday, October 30

Apply now for new Provincial Fund to Expand Clinic Law Services
Wednesday, October 28



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Certificate coverage for merit assessments now available to refugee appellate panel lawyers
Wednesday, November 18

Expedites for Syrian refugee claimants
Monday, November 2

How to request Brydges hotline lawyer reports
Tuesday, October 6

Legal eligibility

Effective June 8, 2015

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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

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