How do I apply for legal aid?

You can:

  • apply online—currently only available for people who do not own any property and either:

    • receive Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program payments
    • have no income
    • are new to Canada
    • are living in a shelter
    • are incarcerated
  • call us at 1‑800‑668‑8258 Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (The best time to call is between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. You can find our current wait time on our homepage.)

  • ask a legal aid worker, if you are in jail or a detention centre

  • ask a rights’ advisor or patient advocate, if you are in a hospital

  • ask your lawyer, if you are out of custody and applying for legal aid in a criminal matter

Some local legal aid offices and courthouses may also take applications.