Getting legal help

Am I eligible for legal aid?

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) provides low-income people with a range of legal services such as:

Looking for information on retaining a lawyer? See the certificate services page.

Can I get legal aid help?

To qualify for legal aid services, you must be financially eligible, and your legal matter must be one that LAO covers.

The chart below provides a guideline for the income levels needed to qualify for services such as duty counsel assistance, summary legal advice available through our toll-free number and advice through a Family Law Information Centre. Community legal clinics have their own eligibility criteria. Contact a clinic near you to find out more.

Family size

Will likely qualify for duty counsel/summary legal advice assistance if gross family income is below:

One adult


$1,500 per month

Two adults or one adult and one child


$2,250 per month

Two adults and one child or one adult and two children


$2,538 per month

Two adults and two children or one adult and three children


$3,083 per month

Two adults and three or more children or one adult and four or more children


$3,583 per month

Note: this chart is for duty counsel and summary legal advice eligibility only. Visit the Certificate program page for information on certificate program eligibility.

Criminal charge eligibility

Get information about whether you quality for legal aid services if you are charged with a crime.

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