The organizations listed alphabetically below provide services to people all over Ontario, regardless of where they live. For example, Ontario has a number of specialty legal clinics. Specialty legal clinics serve a particular community or focus on a specific area of law. Most specialty legal clinics are not limited to serving a particular geographic area. For more information, see: Service by type - Legal Clinics - Specialty.

If you are at court or at a tribunal and don't have a lawyer, you can look for the duty counsel office or ask to see duty counsel. Duty counsel are lawyers who can give immediate legal assistance to low-income people who appear in court without a lawyer. There are duty counsel lawyers at criminal and family courts across the province. For more information see: Service by type - Court and Tribunal Related Services.

There are also Family Law Information Centres (FLIC) at courthouses across Ontario. All of the centres have free pamphlets on topics such as separation and divorce, court procedures, and family mediation. Many of the centres have staff who can give information and make referrals to community agencies and legal services. During specific hours, some of the centres have lawyers from Legal Aid Ontario who can meet with you. For more information, search by your region or see: Family Law Information Centres (FLICs).

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211 Ontario is an information and referral hotline that gives help in many languages. Dial 211 for free from any phone in Ontario. They take calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO)

Works for the advancement of human rights and justice in housing for low-income Ontarians through legal advice and representation, law reform, community organizing, training, and...
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Serves all of Ontario
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Legal Clinics - Specialty

Advocacy Centre for The Elderly (ACE)

Provides direct legal services to low income seniors, public legal education, and law reform. Services and activities are in relation to areas of law of special importance to the seniors’ population...
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Serves all of Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - Specialty

African Canadian Legal Clinic

The African Canadian Legal Clinic uses test case litigation to address anti-Black racism and other forms of systemic and institutional discrimination. The ACLC also provides education about...
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Serves all of Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - Specialty

ARCH Disability Law Centre

ARCH Disability Law Centre provides information, summary advice and referral service, brief services, and representation in certain cases for people with disabilities and for lawyers and other legal...
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Serves all of Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - Specialty

Assaulted Women's Helpline

Women who need legal help because of domestic violence can call the Assaulted Women's Helpline. The Helpline does crisis counselling, gives emotional support, and makes referrals to shelters and...
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Serves all of Ontario
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Community and/or Social Services

Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted (AIDWYC)

The Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted is a non-profit organization dedicated to identifying, advocating for, and exonerating individuals convicted of a crime that they did not commit...
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Serves all of Ontario
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Other Law-related Services

Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic

The Barbra Schlifer Clinic offers legal representation, professional counselling, and multilingual interpretation to women who have experienced violence.
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Serves all of Ontario
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Other Law-related Services

Canadian Civil Liberties Association

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) promotes legal protection of civil rights and liberties, particularly with reference to freedom of expression, police powers, government...
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Serves all of Ontario
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Other Law-related Services

Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA)

The Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) provides legal services to individuals and groups with environmental legal problems, and seeks to improve environmental protection through...
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Serves all of Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - Specialty

Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA)

Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA) is a charitable, non-profit organization in Canada dedicated to ending discrimination in housing and promoting human rights in housing. CERA...
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Serves all of Ontario
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Other Law-related Services

CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)

Produces free legal information in many formats and languages that help low‑income and disadvantaged communities understand their legal rights. A project of CLEO, Your Legal Rights, provides legal...
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Serves all of Ontario
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Legal Clinics - Specialty

Community Living Ontario

Community Living Ontario is a non-profit, provincial association that advocates for people who have an intellectual disability to be fully included in all aspects of community life.
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Serves all of Ontario
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Community and/or Social Services

Consent and Capacity Board

The Consent and Capacity Board (CCB) is an independent provincial tribunal whose mission is the fair and accessible adjudication of consent and capacity issues, balancing the rights of vulnerable...
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Serves all of Ontario
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Other Government Services

Consolidated Credit Counseling Services of Canada

Consolidated Credit Counseling Services of Canada, Inc. is a not-for-profit, community-based organization that teaches consumers how to budget, get out of debt, and use credit wisely.
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Serves all of Ontario, Canada
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Community and/or Social Services

Criminal Duty Counsel

The following information is taken from the Legal Aid Ontario web site at: http://www.legalaid.on.ca/en/getting/dutycounsel_criminal.asp If you have been charged with a criminal offence, and you have...
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Serves all of Ontario
Service type:
Court and Tribunal Related Services, Legal Aid Ontario Services

Discrimination & Harassment Counsel Program (DHC)

This free service offered by the Law Society of Upper Canada allows anyone who has experienced discrimination or harassment by a paralegal or lawyer in Ontario to contact the Discrimination &...
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Serves all of Ontario
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Other Law-related Services

Domestic Violence Court Program

Ontario's Domestic Violence Court (DVC) program has specialized processes for domestic violence cases during the investigation and prosecution. Teams of specialized professionals work together to...
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Serves all of Ontario
Service type:
Court and Tribunal Related Services

Family Law Duty Counsel

The following information is taken from the Legal Aid Ontario web site at: http://www.legalaid.on.ca/en/getting/dutycounsel_family.asp. If you need help with a family law issue such as child custody...
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Serves all of Ontario
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Court and Tribunal Related Services, Legal Aid Ontario Services

Family Law Information Centres (FLIC)

There are Family Law Information Centres (FLICs) at most courthouses that deal with family law. All of the Centres have free pamphlets on topics such as separation and divorce, court procedures, and...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario
Service type:
Court and Tribunal Related Services

Fem'aide

Fem'aide offers support, information, and referral to frontline services in their communities, to French-speaking women in Ontario who have experienced gender-based violence. These services are...
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Serves all of Ontario
Service type:
Community and/or Social Services

FrancoQueer

This organization serves Francophone members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two-spirited, queer, questioning, and intersexed communities in Ontario. It organizes social events and supports...
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Serves all of Ontario
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Community and/or Social Services

Government of Ontario

The Government of Ontario website provides information to residents, businesses and visitors to Ontario. The site features information on Ontario government services and programs. To access Ontario...
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Serves all of Ontario
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Other Government Services

HALCO - HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario

Provides free legal services to people living with HIV/AIDS in Ontario. Other services include public legal education activities across Ontario, law reform and community development activities....
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Serves all of Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - Specialty

Housing Help Association of Ontario

The Housing Help Association of Ontario (HHAO) is a provincial association of community based, not-for-profit organizations delivering free housing help services that prevent and reduce homelessness.
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Serves all of Ontario
Service type:
Community and/or Social Services

Human Rights Legal Support Centre

The Human Rights Legal Support Centre offers human rights legal services to individuals throughout Ontario who have experienced discrimination. The Centre’s services range from legal assistance...
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Serves all of Ontario
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Court and Tribunal Related Services

Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario

The Tribunal's role in the human rights system in Ontario is to resolve applications concerning claims of discrimination made under the Ontario Human Rights Code. 
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Serves all of Ontario
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Other Government Services

Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)

The Income Security Advocacy Centre works with clinics and anti-poverty groups using litigation, policy development, advocacy, and organizing to address income security programs and root causes of...
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Serves all of Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - Specialty

Industrial Accident Victims' Group of Ontario

Industrial Accident Victims’ Group of Ontario (IAVGO) provides information, advice, and representation to injured workers in Ontario. Provides training and public legal education to advocates,...
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Serves all of Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - Specialty

Injured Workers' Consultants (IWC)

Injured Workers' Consultants (IWC) provides information, advice, and representation to injured workers. Works with injured worker and community organizations seeking improvements to the workers'...
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Serves all of Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - Specialty

Investigation and Enforcement Unit

You can contact the provincial government's Investigation and Enforcement Unit (IEU) if your landlord violates your rights under the Residential Tenancies Act. For example, if your landlord:...
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Serves all of Ontario
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Other Government Services

Justice for Children and Youth

Justice for Children and Youth (JFCY) provides summary advice, referrals, and legal education. Offers case service and test case litigation for children and young people under 18 years of age. In...
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Serves all of Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - Specialty

Landlord and Tenant Board

The Landlord and Tenant Board's role is to provide information about the Residential Tenancies Act and to resolve disputes between most residential landlords and tenants. The Ontario Rental Housing...
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Serves all of Ontario
Service type:
Court and Tribunal Related Services

Landlord's Self-Help Centre

Landlord's Self-Help Centre (LSHC) provides information and summary advice to small-scale landlords in Ontario. LSHC also develops educational materials, engages in law reform and community...
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Serves all of Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - Specialty

Law Society Referral Service

You can call the Law Society Referral Service (LSRS) to get the name of a lawyer. You then call the lawyer and, within three business days, the lawyer should call you back to arrange a...
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Serves all of Ontario
Service type:
Finding a lawyer

Legal Aid Certificates

This information is taken from the Legal Aid Ontario web site at: http://www.legalaid.on.ca/en/getting/certificateservices.asp. What is the certificate program? The certificate program allows...
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Serves all of Ontario
Service type:
Finding a lawyer, Legal Aid Ontario Services

Legal Aid Ontario - Aide juridique Ontario

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) - Aide juridique Ontario (AJO) is an independent, publicly funded, and publicly accountable non-profit corporation that administers the province's legal aid program. Legal Aid...
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Serves all of Ontario
Service type:
Legal Aid Ontario Services

Legal Aid Ontario - Find a lawyer directory

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) has launched a searchable panel lawyer directory on its website to make it easier for clients to find a lawyer. Every search will produce a list of ten lawyers who have agreed...
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Serves all of Ontario
Service type:
Finding a lawyer, Legal Aid Ontario Services

Long-Term Care Action Line

The Long-Term Care Action Line is a service to hear concerns and complaints from persons receiving service from Long-Term Care Homes and Community Care Access Centres (CCAC). The Action Line offers...
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Serves all of Ontario
Service type:
Other Government Services

Mental Health Duty Counsel

The following information is taken from the Legal Aid Ontario web site at: http://www.legalaid.on.ca/en/getting/dutycounsel_mentalhealth.asp If you are appearing in mental health court on a criminal...
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Serves all of Ontario
Service type:
Court and Tribunal Related Services, Legal Aid Ontario Services

Mental Health Service Information Ontario

The Mental Health Helpline provides information about mental health services in Ontario. Funded by the Government of Ontario, it is free, confidential, and available 24/7 in both English and French.
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Serves all of Ontario
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Other Government Services

Ministry of Labour's Employment Standards Information Centre

Ontarians who have questions about their employment rights can call the Ministry of Labour's Employment Standards Information Centre in 23 languages and dialects, from Arabic to Vietnamese. Ontario...
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Serves all of Ontario
Service type:
Other Government Services

Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) is an independent advisory agency that provides advice to the Attorney General of Ontario on victims' issues. The OVC does not provide direct services to victims...
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Serves all of Ontario
Service type:
Other Government Services

Office of the Independent Police Review Director

The goal of the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD) is to provide an objective, impartial office to accept, process and oversee the investigation of public complaints against...
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Serves all of Ontario
Service type:
Court and Tribunal Related Services

Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth

The Office of the Provincial Advocate provides an independent voice for children and youth by responding to concerns from children, youth, and families who are seeking or receiving services under the...
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Serves all of Ontario
Service type:
Other Government Services

Ombudsman Ontario

The Ombudsman is an independent officer of the Legislature who investigates complaints from the public about Ontario government services.
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Serves all of Ontario
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Other Government Services

Ontario Association of Credit Counselling Services (OACCS)

The OACCS provides referrals to OACCS certified credit counsellors across Ontario. Credit counsellors can do financial assessments, provide information and support, and intervene with creditors.
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Serves all of Ontario
Service type:
Community and/or Social Services

Ontario Association of the Deaf (OAD)

Ontario Association of the Deaf (OAD) is Canada's oldest Deaf non-profit consumer organization. Some of OAD's initiatives include: Consultation and Training Consumer Advocacy (Children and Adults...
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Serves all of Ontario
Service type:
Community and/or Social Services

Ontario Bar Association - Find a Lawyer

The Ontario Bar Association (OBA) website provides a directory of lawyers who are members of the OBA. You can search by lawyer or law firm name, location, area of law and language spoken. Please note...
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Serves all of Ontario
Service type:
Finding a lawyer, Other Law-related Services

Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI)

Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) acts as a collective voice for 170 agencies serving immigrants and coordinates response to the shared needs and concerns of these agencies....
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Serves all of Ontario
Service type:
Community and/or Social Services

Ontario Court of Justice

The Ontario Court of Justice is the largest court in the country. They hear approximately 590,000 criminal charges, millions of provincial offences such as traffic tickets, and serve 25,000 families...
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Serves all of Ontario
Service type:
Court and Tribunal Related Services

Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres (OFIFC)

The Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres (OFIFC) is a provincial Aboriginal organization representing the collective interests of twenty-nine member Friendship Centres located in towns and...
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Serves all of Ontario
Service type:
Community and/or Social Services

Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC)

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) is an arm's length agency of government accountable to the Legislature through the Attorney General. The Commission's mandate under the Code includes:...
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Serves all of Ontario
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Other Government Services

Ontario Ministry of Consumer Services

The Ministry of Consumer Services provides information on consumer rights: how to complain when you're not treated properly; how to deal with collection agencies; how to protect yourself when...
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Serves all of Ontario
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Other Government Services

Ontario Ministry of Labour

The Ministry of Labour's mission is to advance safe, fair, and harmonious workplace practices that are essential to the social and economic well-being of the people of Ontario. Employment Standards...
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Serves all of Ontario
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Other Government Services

Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General

The Ministry of the Attorney General is responsible for providing a fair and accessible justice system that reflects the needs of the diverse communities it serves across government and the province...
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Serves all of Ontario
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Other Government Services

Ontario Native Women's Association

The Ontario Native Women's Association (ONWA) is a not-for-profit organization that works to empower and support Aboriginal women and their families in the province of Ontario.
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Serves all of Ontario
Service type:
Community and/or Social Services

Ontario Works (OW) or Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) offices

To find the nearest Ontario Works (OW) or Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) office, you can: see the list of OW and/or ODSP offices on the Ministry of Community and Social Services web site...
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Serves all of Ontario
Service type:
Other Government Services

Property standards inspections

Sometimes a government inspector's report can help get your landlord to do repairs, or can be used as evidence at a Landlord and Tenant Board hearing. To have your place inspected, you can phone your...
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Serves all of Ontario
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Other Government Services

Psychiatric Patient Advocate Office (PPAO)

The Psychiatric Patient Advocate Office (PPAO) provides independent and confidential advocacy services and rights advice to consumers of and those seeking access to psychiatric services. The PPAO...
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Serves all of Ontario
Service type:
Other Law-related Services

Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP)

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) is a program for sponsors involved in the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program. The objective of the RSTP is to address their information and on-...
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Serves all of Ontario, Canada
Service type:
Community and/or Social Services, Other Law-related Services

Rent Banks

In some areas of Ontario, there are programs, usually called rent banks, that might be able to help if you are having a temporary problem paying your rent. To find the rent bank in your area, you can...
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Serves all of Ontario
Service type:
Community and/or Social Services

Settlement.Org

Settlement.Org is a website that provides information for newcomers. On Settlement.Org, you will find current information on topics such as employment, education, healthcare, and housing. Settlement....
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Serves all of Ontario
Service type:
Community and/or Social Services

SettlementAtWork.Org

SettlementAtWork.Org is a professional development web site for those working with newcomers to Ontario. Settlement.org is a project of the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI).
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Serves all of Ontario
Service type:
Community and/or Social Services

Social Benefits Tribunal (SBT)

If your Ontario Works (OW) or Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) assistance is refused, reduced, or cut off, you may be able to appeal to the Social Benefits Tribunal (SBT). The SBT is like a...
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Serves all of Ontario
Service type:
Court and Tribunal Related Services

Springtide Resources

Springtide Resources, formerly known as Education Wife Assault (EWA), promotes healthy and equal relationships by engaging diverse communities in shared educational strategies designed to prevent...
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Serves all of Ontario
Service type:
Community and/or Social Services

TeenLegalHelpline.org

TeenLegalHelpline.org is a free and anonymous online service in which Ontario teens can ask a question and receive an answer from a lawyer. Questions are answered by experienced members of the...
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Serves all of Ontario
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Other Law-related Services

Tenant Duty Counsel

Tenant duty counsel (TDC) are lawyers and community legal workers who help tenants at most Landlord and Tenant Board locations. TDC priority is to help unrepresented tenants facing eviction on the...
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Serves all of Ontario
Service type:
Court and Tribunal Related Services, Legal Aid Ontario Services

The Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee (OPGT)

The Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee (OPGT) is part of Ontario's Ministry of the Attorney General. The OPGT plays a role in protecting the rights and interests of mentally incapable adults....
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Serves all of Ontario
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Other Government Services

Toronto Workers' Health & Safety Legal Clinic

Toronto Workers’ Health & Safety Legal Clinic takes on health and safety cases and workers’ compensation cases for workers who do not have union representation. Also provides education on safety...
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Serves all of Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - Specialty

Volunteer Lawyers Service (VLS)

Volunteer Lawyers Service is a project of Pro Bono Law Ontario that offers free legal support to eligible charitable and nonprofit organizations in Ontario that otherwise could not afford the...
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Serves all of Ontario
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Other Law-related Services

Workers' Action Centre

The Workers' Action Centre is a worker-based organization that provides information and rights advice to people in low-wage and unstable employment. They are responsible for the Workers'...
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Serves all of Ontario
Service type:
Other Law-related Services

Workers' Rights Information Phone Line

Workers' Rights Information Phone Line provides information and support for people in Ontario who are having a problem at work. It is a service of the Worker's Action Centre.
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Serves all of Ontario
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Other Law-related Services