Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) helps to provide legal services to low-income individuals and families. LAO runs a certificate program that provides legal vouchers to low-income people for a range of legal services in such areas as criminal law, family law, and immigration law. If your child has been expelled from school, or you are a student who has been expelled, you may be eligible for a LAO certificate.

Ontario's Community Legal Clinics are funded by Legal Aid Ontario to provide legal services for low-income individuals and families. While the lawyers and legal workers at these clinics may not get directly involved in education law issues, clinics can help you to find support and advice by directing you to other community agencies that provide assistance and information to parents.

Justice for Children and Youth (JFCY) is a specialty legal clinic located in Toronto that deals with legal issues of children and youth.

The Child Advocacy Project (CAP) is a registered project of Pro Bono Law Ontario. The purpose of CAP is to defend the education rights of children and youth across Ontario. The volunteer lawyers who take CAP cases are experienced and trained in Education Law. 

The Law Society of Upper Canada has information on its website to help you find legal assistance. Visit the Law Society's online Lawyer and Paralegal Directory or call the Law Society Referral Service (LSRS) to get the name of a lawyer.

JusticeNet is a not-for-profit service helping people in need of legal expertise, whose income is too high to access legal aid and too low to afford standard legal fees. JusticeNet is currently available to anyone living in Ontario.

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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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211 Ontario

211Ontario.ca is a portal to to over 60,000 community, social, health and related government programs and services in Ontario. In most communities in Ontario, you can dial 211 to access telephone-...
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Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Outside Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Community and/or Social Services
Website:
http://www.211ontario.ca/

211 Ontario - Employment and Training

211Ontario.ca provides an extensive list of community and social services from across Ontario related to Employment and Training. In most communities in Ontario, you can dial 211 to access...
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Service type:
Community and/or Social Services
Website:
http://www.211ontario.ca/topic/employment-training

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...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - Specialty
Phone:
416-482-8255
Website:
http://www.archdisabilitylaw.ca

Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario, is a non-profit, charitable organization committed to making good mental health possible for all. You can find information on local...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Community and/or Social Services
Phone:
416-977-5580
Website:
http://ontario.cmha.ca/

Community Advocacy & Legal Centre (CALC)

Community Advocacy & Legal Centre provides free legal services to low-income residents of Belleville and surrounding areas.
Regions served:
Eastern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
613-966-8686
Website:
http://www.communitylegalcentre.ca

Community and Legal Aid Services Programme (CLASP)

Community and Legal Aid Services Programme (CLASP) provides free legal services to low-income residents of Toronto and to York University students. CLASP also provides free legal services to low-...
Regions served:
Greater Toronto Area
Service type:
Student Legal Aid Services Society
Phone:
416-736-5029
Website:
http://www.osgoode.yorku.ca/community-clinics/welcome-community-legal-aid-servic...

Community and specialty legal clinics

Funded by Legal Aid Ontario, community legal clinics provide free legal services to low income people in every community across Ontario. All help is free, private and confidential. Community...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Aid Ontario Services, Legal Clinics - General Service, Legal Clinics - Specialty
Website:
http://legalaid.on.ca/en/getting/type_civil-clinics.asp

Government of Ontario - ServiceOntario

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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Website:
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Hamilton Community Legal Clinic / Clinique juridique communautaire de Hamilton

Hamilton Community Legal Clinic / Clinique juridique communautaire de Hamilton provides free legal services to low-income residents of Hamilton.
Regions served:
Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
905-527-4572
Website:
http://www.hamiltonjustice.ca

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.
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - Specialty
Phone:
416-920-1633
Website:
http://jfcy.org/en/

JusticeNet

JusticeNet is a not-for-profit service helping people in need of legal expertise, whose income is too high to access legal aid and too low to afford standard legal fees. JusticeNet is currently...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Finding a lawyer
Phone:
416-479-0551
Website:
http://www.justicenet.ca

Law Society Referral Service (LSRS)

The Law Society Referral Service is an online service for residents of Ontario for referrals to lawyers or paralegals who will provide a free, up to 30 minute consultation either by phone or in...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Finding a lawyer
Website:
http://www.findlegalhelp.ca

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...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Other Government Services
Phone:
(416) 325-5669
Website:
http://provincialadvocate.on.ca/

Pro Bono Ontario

Pro Bono Ontario is a nonprofit organization that seeks to increase access to justice for low-income Ontarians with civil, non-family, legal problems. PBLO develops special projects through law firms...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Court and Tribunal Related Services, Finding a lawyer, Legal Clinics - General Service, Other Law-related Services
Website:
https://www.probonoontario.org

Reach Canada

Reach is a lawyer referral organization that helps people with all disabilities, including people who are deaf, hard of hearing, people with physical disabilities, mental health issues, developmental...
Regions served:
Eastern Ontario
Service type:
Community and/or Social Services, Finding a lawyer
Phone:
613-236-6636
Website:
https://www.reach.ca/

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 adults who are mentally...
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Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Other Government Services
Phone:
416-326-2220
Website:
https://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/family/pgt/

Welcome Ontario - Syrian Refugee Assistance Information

The Welcome Ontario - Syrian Refugee Assistance Information website has been created to bring together information for members of the public assisting Syrian refugees. It was created and is...
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Serves all of Ontario
Service type:
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Website:
http://welcomeontario.ca/