How do I apply for legal aid?
If you qualify financially and have a legal issue that we cover, we will help pay for a lawyer to represent you.
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 416‑979‑1446, toll free at 1‑800‑668‑8258 or through Bell Relay service at 1‑800‑855‑0511 from Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (EST). If you are in a correctional facility or are seeking services such as summary legal advice, please call from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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
Do I need anything before I apply?
- any documents about your legal case
- proof of your income if you have any. For example, recent pay stubs, social assistance cheque stubs, or employment insurance statements
If you have an income or own property, you may qualify for a certificate with a contribution agreement. This means you will be required to repay LAO some or all of your legal fees, based on your income level.
A contribution agreement outlines how much you will repay LAO. Learn more about contribution agreements.
Do you live outside of Ontario?
If you have a legal issue in Ontario but live outside of the province or country refer to our page on non resident services.
Last updated: October 12, 2021 As part of our response to the COVID-19 emergency, all of our office locations, including those in courthouses, are closed until further notice. We continue to provide legal aid services via telephone only. We have extended our hours of service from…
Important notice: Some of our services have temporarily changed due to the COVID‑19 crisis. The information provided on this page may no longer be accurate. Please visit our COVID‑19 client page to learn how this may impact you. If you qualify financially and have a…
Important notice: Some of our services have temporarily changed due to the COVID‑19 crisis. The information provided on this page may no longer be accurate. Please visit our COVID‑19 client page to learn how this may impact you. If you applied for legal aid and you do…