Fact sheets

Community legal clinics

Legal Aid Ontario is the primary funder of 73 community legal clinics, which can help with legal matters affecting low income individuals.

Available services vary according to each clinic's resources. Some of the legal matters that clinics cover include:

  • social assistance (Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program)
  • Housing (issues between tenants and landlords or co-ops and their members; all social housing matters; condo unit rentals; etc);
  • Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security, Guaranteed Income Supplement;
  • Criminal injuries compensation;
  • Human rights
  • Workplace safety
  • Employment
  • Immigration and refugee
  • Consumer matters
  • Small claims / Debtor-creditor
  • Worker's rights (Employment Standards Act, occupational health and safety)
  • Education
  • Elder law

Some clinics provide help in other areas of law, depending on local needs.

There are also speciality legal clinics that focus on marginalized groups or particular areas of law that affect large numbers of low-income people. They represent the elderly, people with disabilities, urban First Nation, Métis and Inuit, and persons with HIV/AIDS, and other groups.

To find a local legal clinic, visit legalaid.on.ca/clinics

Contact us

Toll-free: 1-800-668-8258

TTY service for the hearing impaired: 1-866-641-8867

Service is available Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visit legalaid.on.ca for more information on Legal Aid Ontario’s (LAO) services

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