Getting legal help Immigration / refugee law

LawFacts is a free online legal information resource for individuals with questions about both refugee and criminal law in Ontario.

If you are looking for information on how to make a refugee claim, or simply want to know more about refugee law, this website is for you. If you are looking for Legal Aid Ontarios (LAO) criminal LawFacts, visit our criminal law page.

LawFacts does not provide legal advice, and is not designed as a substitute for advice from your lawyer or duty counsel. It will, however, help you understand the refugee system and provide you with important resources and information.

What topics does Refugee LawFacts cover?

Refugee LawFacts provides information on topics such as:

  • How to start a claim
  • Where to find legal help
  • Timelines for your claim
  • Completing your Basis of Claim (BOC) form
  • Documents for your hearing
  • Links to useful information and resources

LawFacts continues to expand, so be sure to check back from time to time for additional information and resources.

Is LawFacts for me?

Refugee LawFacts is written for individuals who are not familiar with the refugee claims system. You can browse the site by topic, or search for information by entering a phrase to describe your situation. Theres also a glossary of legal terms that can help you understand whats being said in court.

What if I have a question about family law?

Currently, LawFacts covers refugee and criminal law information. If you have a family law question, please refer to our Family Law Information Program (FLIP). However, keep checking LawFacts in the coming months as LAO is looking to expand the site to include family law information.