New French legal advice line in Southwestern Ontario

Posted on: Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Low-income residents of Southwestern Ontario can now access clinic services over the phone in French. On May 2, 2011, Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) launched a new clinic advice line through the Windsor-Essex Bilingual Legal Clinic.

By calling the toll-free number (1-855-650-9716), eligible clients can receive summary legal advice, general information and referrals in French. Areas of law include: social assistance, Ontario Disability Support Program, Ontario Works, Canada Pension Plan, employment rights, immigration, housing (tenantsí rights) and human rights.

The goal of the new service is to reach underserviced areas in the counties of Essex, Lambton, Kent, Middlesex, Elgin, Oxford, Brant, Huron, Perth, Bruce and Grey. The pilot project is funded by LAO and administered by the Windsor-Essex Bilingual Legal Clinic.

The new service follows three other advice lines launched last year in Northern Ontario, the GTA and Eastern Ontario.