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Aboriginal services



Canadian legal aid organizations



Criminal law services

Understanding the law:


Are you a victim or a witness to crime?


Statutes and regulations:


Government:



Domestic Violence



Family law services

Child and spousal support:


Family law


Government:


Separation and divorce:


Services for children:



Finding a lawyer

  • Finding a Lawyer or Paralegal
    Information and links from the Law Society of Upper Canada

  • Justice Net
    Justice Net is a not-for-profit access to justice program that helps clients who do not qualify for legal aid, and whose net family income is below $59,000, to find lawyers willing to accept cases on a reduced fee basis.

  • Law Society Referral Service (LSRS)
    The LSRS provides the name of a lawyer or licensed paralegal who will give you a free consultation of up to 30 minutes to help you determine your rights and options.

  • Ontario Justice Education Network (OJEN)
    Dedicated to promoting understanding, education, and dialogue to support a responsive and inclusive justice system.

  • Volunteer Lawyers Service (VLS)
    Offers free legal support, through volunteer lawyers, to eligible charitable and non-profit organizations in Ontario that otherwise could not afford the services of a lawyer.



Housing (Landlord/Tenant)

Tenant resources

  • The Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO)
    Defends Ontario’s low-income renters, co-op members and the homeless. Much of ACTO’s advocacy involves test-case litigation, lobbying the government and developing housing policy.

  • The Federation of Metro Tenants' Associations (FMTA)
    Runs a hotline for tenant issues. They also publish information brochures, including the Tenant Survival Manual, and have a tenant outreach program.

  • Human Rights Legal Support
    The Human Rights Legal Support Centre offers free legal services to people throughout Ontario who believe their human rights under the Code have been violated and who want to file an application to the Tribunal. The Centre’s services range from legal advice and assistance in filing an application, to representation at mediations and hearings before the Tribunal.

  • Your Legal Rights: Housing Law
    Read about eviction, rental agreements, maintenance and more. From Your Legal Rights.


Resources for tenants and landlords

  • Administrative Justice Support Network
    The Administrative Justice Support Network mission is to support people to feel competent and confident to proceed with an appeal before an administrative board or tribunal whether or not they have legal representation.

  • Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
    Ensures availability, accessibility and choice of housing funding to Canadians. The key Canadian source of reliable and objective housing information.

  • Landlord and Tenant Board
    Resolves disputes between landlords and tenants and provides information about the The Residential Tenancies Act and rights and obligations under the Act. Requests can be made to review an order under certain conditions.

  • Landlord Self-Help Centre
    Landlord's Self-Help Centre is a non-profit community legal clinic which supports Ontario's small-scale landlord community exclusively.

  • Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC)
    The Commission is an agency established to administer Ontario's Human Rights Code, which protects people against discrimination in employment, accomodation, goods, services and and facilities, and membership in vocational association and trade unions.



Human rights

  • Administrative Justice Support Network
    The Administrative Justice Support Network mission is to support people to feel competent and confident to proceed with an appeal before an administrative board or tribunal whether or not they have legal representation.

  • Human Rights Legal Support Centre
    The Human Rights Legal Support Centre offers free legal services to people throughout Ontario who believe their human rights under the Code have been violated and who want to file an application to the Tribunal. The Centre’s services range from legal advice and assistance in filing an application, to representation at mediations and hearings before the Tribunal.

  • Human Rights Triunal of Ontario
    This web site is your gateway to the HRTO application process. On these pages you will find How To File An Application or a Response using the online SmartForms.



Immigration and refugee law


Government services


Settling in Ontario

  • Settlement.org
    Information and answers on settling in Ontario

  • In My Language
    Information in 11 languages for newcomers to Ontario. Find out about immigration, housing, work, healthcare, educations, legal matters and more.

  • Government of Ontario - newcomers
    Provides information and resources needed to settle into life in Ontario.


Career development



Mental health



Power of Attorney / Wills and Estates

Power of Attorney


Wills and estates



Social services

  • 211 Ontario
    Connect to information about community, social, health and related government services.

  • Administrative Justice Support Network
    The Administrative Justice Support Network mission is to support people to feel competent and confident to proceed with an appeal before an administrative board or tribunal whether or not they have legal representation.

  • Service Ontario
    Offers a single window access to a wide range of information, services and resources offered by the government of Ontario.

  • Your Legal Rights
    A project of CLEO, Your Legal Rights is a web site of legal information for people in Ontario. This site has free, practical, and easy-to-find legal information produced by hundreds of organizations across Ontario.


Children and youth

  • Canada child and family benefits
    Offers information about financial support programs for children and families such as the Canada Child Tax Benefit, and Universal Child Care Benefit

  • Child protection standards in Ontario
    The purpose of the Child Protection Standards in Ontario (dated February 2007) is to promote consistently high quality service delivery to children, youth and their families receiving child protection services from Children’s Aid Societies across the province.

  • Ministry of Children and Youth Services
    Makes it easier for families to find and access the services they need to give kids the best start in life at all stages of a child's development and to help youth become productive adults.

  • Ontario Child Benefit
    Ontario Child Benefit is a monthly benefit paid to low income families with children under the age of 18.

  • Ontario Child Care Supplement for Working Families
    This program gives eligible working families tax-free money every month to help with child care costs. To qualify, children must be under the age of seven.

  • Ontario Child Welfare Eligibility Spectrum
    The Ontario Child Welfare Eligibility Spectrum is a field-developed, eligibility tool for child welfare in Ontario.

  • Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)
    OSAP provides eligible Ontario students with financial assistance to help pay for tuition, books, mandatory fees, living costs and transportation.


Financial/employment assistance

  • Canada Benefits
    Connects people to a range of federal benefits such as Employment Insurance (EI), education and training, housing, health, business.

  • Employment Ontario
    Ontario’s employment and training network with services for apprenticeships, job seekers, employers, and employees.

  • Ontario Works (OW)
    Ontario Works can provide people in temporary financial need with money to cover the costs of basic needs and with help for prepare for and find a job. They may also be able to provide health benefits, including drug and dental coverage, and additional benefits.

  • Service Canada
    Offers access to a wide range of Canadian government programs and services.

  • Social Benefits Tribunal
    Hears appeals about social assistance decisions that people receive under the Ontario Works Act, 1997 and the Ontario Disability Support Program Act, 1997.


Health


Seniors

  • Advocacy Centre for the Elderly (ACE)
    ACE provides direct legal services to low-income seniors, public legal education, and engages in law reform activities.

  • Ontario Senior's Secretariat
    The Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat works to improve the quality of life for Ontario’s seniors.

  • Seniors Canada
    A comprehensive website for seniors-related information in Canada, including information on elder care.



Victims of crime



Youth criminal law


Are you a victim or a witness to crime?



Lawyer resources


Acts



Government ministries and agencies


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