Free Legal Services

Community Legal Clinics
  • Community Legal Clinics – Clinics all over Ontario. They provide poverty law services to low-income people, including information, advice and free legal services. Service area’s include social assistance, housing, refugee and immigration law, employment, human rights workers compensation and the Canada Pension Plan.
Human Rights Legal Support Centre (HRLSC)
  • Human Rights Legal Support Centre (HRLSC) – Helps individuals who have experienced discrimination. They can assist in filing applications at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and give legal representation at mediations and hearings.
  • 416-597-4900
Pro Bono Law Ontario (PBLO)
  • Pro Bono Law Ontario (PBLO) – Serves children and youth, charities and people with lower incomes who are suing or being sued in civil court. Services include information, brief advice through volunteer lawyers, legal forms assistance and in some cases, duty council.
  • 1-855-255-7256 ext 231
Student Legal Aid Services Societies (SLASS)
  • Student Legal Aid Services Societies (SLASS) – Legal Aid Ontario-funded legal clinics at Ontario’s law schools. Full-time lawyers supervise volunteer students who provide legal advice and represents clients in minor criminal and civil cases. Select “Student Legal Aid Service Societies” on LAO’s Contact Us page.

Helping You Understand Ontario’s Legal System

Legal Aid Ontario’s LawFacts
  • Legal Aid Ontario’s LawFacts – gives legal information, check lists, links to other sites & glossary of terms about a range of legal issues, including family, criminal, refugee and mental health
Ministry of the Attorney General
  • Ministry of the Attorney General – Offers information about Ontario’s legal system, court process, self-help guides and a legal glossary

Finding a lawyer or paralegal

The Law Society Referral Service (LSRS)
  • The Law Society Referral Service (LSRS) – an online service for referrals to lawyers or paralegals who will provide a free, up to 30 minute consultation.
  • Crisis line – 1-888-947-5255
The Law Society’s online Lawyer & Paralegal Directory
  • The Law Society’s online Lawyer & Paralegal Directory – Lists the name, phone number and address for practising Ontario lawyers and paralegals.

Understanding specific legal issues

CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario)
  • CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario) – provides free legal information in print and online on many topics including housing, family law, refugee law, consumer law & social assistance.
Legal line
  • Legal line – Offers multilingual information. Click Ontario when entering site.
Legal Aid Ontario (LAO)
  • Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) – Provides legal information through it’s website and toll-free number. Access legal aid help in 200 languages.
  • 1-800-668-8258
Focus on Family Relationship Problems

Counselling services

Walk in Counselling. Catholic Community Services of York Region.
  • 21 Dunlop St, Richmondhill ON.
  • -Mondays & Tuesdays 1 – 9 pm
  • 905-770-7040 ext 241
Family Services York Region
Jewish Family & Child
Yellow Brick House
  • Children’s counselling services – 1-877-222-8438 ext 2226
  • Crisis & Support Line 1-800-263-3247
  • Community Counselling & Support Services – 1-877-8438- ext 5004
Brayden Supervision Services INC
Mental Health Crisis line
  • 1-855-310-2673
ASYR – Addiction services for York Region
Rose of Sharon Services for Young Mothers
The Victim/Witness Assistance Program
Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • 350 Industrial Parkway S, Aurora
  • 905-726-2149
Legal Information Service for Jewish Women who have been abused
York region Centre for community safety
  • 16775 Yonge Street, Newmarket
  • 905-836-7601 ext 100
Blue Door Shelters