Can anyone apply for legal aid using the client portal?

Phase one has specific criteria that needs to be met in order for applicants to be able to apply online. The applicant must:

  • be in receipt of Ontario Works, or Ontario Disability Support Program, or have no income
  • have a criminal defence, family, child protection or Immigration/Refugee matter that is in Ontario
  • not own any property

If the applicant’s legal issue doesn’t fall within the specific criteria (e.g. criminal appeal of sentence and/or conviction) or their financial situation is different (e.g. currently employed) they can apply for legal aid by calling the contact centre from Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 1‑800‑668‑8258 (or call 416‑979‑1446 if in Toronto).


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