Ontario's Community Legal Clinics are funded by Legal Aid Ontario to provide legal services for low-income individuals and families in a variety of areas of law. Clinics can also help you to find support and advice by directing you to other community agencies that provide assistance and information.

There are a number of Specialty Community Legal Clinics that provide advice, legal representation and law reform/advocacy on health and disability issues. The Advocacy Centre for the Elderly provides direct legal services to low-income senior citizens in Ontario. They have particular expertise in issues of consent and capacity, powers of attorney, elder abuse, and issues related to long-term care services.

ARCH Disability Law Centre provides information, summary advice, brief services, and some representation to people with disabilities and to lawyers representing them. ARCH's areas of priority are attendant services, Education Law, legal capacity, and services for persons with intellectual disabilities.

Legal Aid Ontario offers a Mental Health Duty Counsel program to assist individuals appearing in mental health court or facing a criminal matter without a lawyer. If you are in custody or receiving treatment at a mental health care facility, you can get assistance with legal aid applications from the Patient Advocate/Rights Advisor in the mental health facility where you are located. Correctional facilities also have legal aid representatives who can help you apply.

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 Long-Term Care ACTION Line is open seven days a week, from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and can be reached toll-free at: 1-866-434-0144.

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-...
Regions served:
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...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Community and/or Social Services
Website:
http://www.211ontario.ca/topic/employment-training

211 Ontario - Services for older adults

211Ontario.ca provides an extensive list of community and social services from across Ontario for older adults, including those dealing with elder abuse. You can enter your postal code or the...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Community and/or Social Services
Website:
http://www.211ontario.ca/topic/older-adults

211 Ontario - Services for people with disabilities

211Ontario.ca provides an extensive list of community and social services from across Ontario for persons with disabilities. You can enter your postal code or the name of your town or City or...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Community and/or Social Services
Website:
http://www.211ontario.ca/topic/disabilities

Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services

Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services improves health outcomes for the most vulnerable immigrants, refugees, and their communities in Toronto. They do this by facilitating...
Regions served:
Greater Toronto Area
Service type:
Community and/or Social Services
Phone:
Downtown Office: 416-324-8677; Language Services 416-324-2731 (24 hours)
Website:
http://accessalliance.ca/

Administrative Justice Support Network (Community Living Ontario)

The Administrative Justice Support Network mission is to support people to feel competent and confident to proceed with an appeal before an administrative board or tribunal whether or not they have...
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:
416-447-4348 (233)
Website:
http://asjn.communitylivingontario.ca/

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...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - Specialty
Phone:
416-598-2656
Website:
http://www.acelaw.ca

AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT)

The AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) is a community-based, charitable organization that provides support, HIV prevention and education services for people living with and at risk for HIV/AIDS.
Regions served:
Greater Toronto Area
Service type:
Community and/or Social Services
Phone:
416-340-2437
Website:
http://www.actoronto.org/

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 HIV/AIDS Legal Network

The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network promotes the human rights of people living with and vulnerable to HIV/AIDS, in Canada and internationally, through research and analysis, advocacy and litigation,...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Outside Ontario, Southwestern Ontario, Canada
Service type:
Other Law-related Services
Phone:
1-416-595-1666
Website:
http://www.aidslaw.ca

Canadian Mental Health Association Toronto

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Toronto Branch is one of a network of branches that offer mental health services in communities across Canada.
Regions served:
Greater Toronto Area
Service type:
Community and/or Social Services
Phone:
416-789-7957
Website:
http://toronto.cmha.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/

Centre francophone de Toronto (CFT)

The Centre Francophone de Toronto is a non-profit organization that acts primarily as a gateway to Francophones living in, or looking to move to, Toronto. In addition to a legal aid clinic funded by...
Regions served:
Greater Toronto Area
Service type:
Community and/or Social Services
Phone:
416-922-2672
Website:
http://www.centrefranco.org/

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

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.
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:
416-447-4348
Website:
http://communitylivingontario.ca/

Connecting Ottawa/Connexion Ottawa

Connecting Ottawa is a network of legal agencies and community organizations in Ottawa. It is committed to improved access to justice by Ottawa residents who speak neither English nor French or who...
Regions served:
Eastern Ontario
Service type:
Community and/or Social Services, Other Law-related Services
Phone:
613-744-2892 ext. 1063
Website:
http://connectingottawa.com/

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...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Other Government Services
Phone:
(416) 327-4142
Website:
http://www.ccboard.on.ca

Distress and Crisis Ontario

Distress and Crisis Ontario is the provincial networking organization that supports distress centres in Ontario. Distress Centres (DC’s) across Ontario offer support and a variety of services to...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Community and/or Social Services, Other Law-related Services
Website:
http://www.dcontario.org/centres.html

Durham Community Legal Clinic

Durham Community Legal Clinic provides free legal services to low-income residents of the Durham region.
Regions served:
Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
905-728-7321
Website:
http://www.durhamcommunitylegalclinic.ca

Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre

The Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre provides services in English and French in the areas of community development, violence against women, youth support, legal information, housing, settlement, and...
Regions served:
Eastern Ontario
Service type:
Community and/or Social Services
Phone:
613-741-6025
Website:
http://www.eorc-creo.ca/

Family Service Ontario

Family Service Ontario is association representing family service not-for-profit member agencies located throughout Ontario. Family Service agencies offer help in nearly all communities across...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Community and/or Social Services
Website:
http://www.familyserviceontario.org/

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...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Other Government Services
Website:
https://www.ontario.ca/page/serviceontario

Health and Safety Ontario

Health and Safety Ontario provides health and safety workplace education to the general public within the province of Ontario. To improve service to customers, WSPS will be migrating their content...
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:
1-416-250-2131
Website:
http://healthandsafetyontario.ca/HSO/Home.aspx

Integrated Legal Services Office

The Integrated Legal Services Office is staffed with family lawyers and paralegals who can assist clients with retaining a lawyer experienced in the areas of custody, access, support, child...
Regions served:
Eastern Ontario
Service type:
Court and Tribunal Related Services, Legal Aid Ontario Services
Phone:
613-569-7448
Website:
Integrated Legal Services Office

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

Kinna-aweya Legal Clinic

Kinna-aweya Legal Clinic provides legal advice and assistance to the residents of the District of Thunder Bay, particularly Aboriginal people, who need assistance with poverty law issues such as...
Regions served:
Northern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
807-344-2478
Website:
http://www.kalc.ca/index.htm

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:
https://lsrs.lsuc.on.ca/lsrs/

Life*Spin

The mission of LIFE*SPIN is to provide information and support for people surviving on low incomes and to support their efforts to attain self-sufficiency. The advocacy team at LIFE*SPIN specializes...
Regions served:
Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Community and/or Social Services
Phone:
519-438-8676
Website:
LIFE*SPIN

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...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Other Government Services
Website:
http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/contact/ccac/ltc_actionline.aspx

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...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Court and Tribunal Related Services, Legal Aid Ontario Services
Phone:
General Toll-Free: 1-800-668-8258
Website:
http://www.legalaid.on.ca/en/getting/dutycounsel_mentalhealth.asp

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.
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Other Government Services
Website:
http://www.mentalhealthhelpline.ca/

North Shore Legal

North Shore Legal provides free legal services to low-income residents of the Algoma District who seek assistance in either French or English.
Regions served:
Northern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Website:
http://www.northshorelegal.ca/

Northwestern Ontario Women's Centre

The Northwestern Ontario Women's Centre is a non-profit, community based, feminist organization. Their mission is to create and advocate for safe and supportive environments so that women can fully...
Regions served:
Northern Ontario
Service type:
Community and/or Social Services
Phone:
807-345-7802
Website:
http://www.nwowomenscentre.org

Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers Inc

Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers Inc provides health education and services for workers in the province of Ontario. Staffed by an inter-disciplinary team of nurses, hygienists,...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Community and/or Social Services
Website:
http://www.ohcow.on.ca

Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB)

The Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB) is the umbrella organization for food banks across the Ontario, representing over 100 members. To find a food bank near you, search on this page. Food...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Community and/or Social Services
Website:
http://oafb.ca/

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...
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:
416-413-9191
Website:
www.deafontario.ca

Ontario Community Support Association (OCSA)

The Ontario Community Support Association (OCSA) represents not-for-profit community agencies that provide services for people who need help to function independently because of a disability, illness...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Community and/or Social Services
Website:
http://www.ocsa.on.ca/

Ontario Disability Employment Network

Ontario Disability Employment Network provides employment services to people with disabilities within the province of Ontario.
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:
1-866-280-6336
Website:
Ontario Disability Employment Network

Parkdale Community Legal Services

Parkdale Community Legal Services (PCLS) is a community-based legal clinic for low-income residents of the Parkdale and Swansea neighbourhoods in west Toronto. PCLS provides direct legal services,...
Regions served:
Greater Toronto Area
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
416-531-2411
Website:
http://www.parkdalelegal.org/

Psychiatric Patient Advocate Office (PPAO)

The Psychiatric Patient Advocate Office (PPAO) provides independent advocacy services and rights advice to consumers of and those seeking access to psychiatric services. The PPAO works to empower...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Other Law-related Services
Phone:
416-327-7000
Website:
http://www.ppao.gov.on.ca

Queen's Elder Law Clinic

The Queen's Elder Law Clinic provides educational and legal services to older adults and community organizations in Kingston, Ontario. The clinic provides workshops on legal issues for seniors groups...
Regions served:
Eastern Ontario
Service type:
Other Law-related Services
Phone:
613-533-2102
Website:
http://queenslawclinics.ca/elder/

Rainbow Health Ontario

Rainbow Health Ontario (RHO) is a province-wide program that works to improve the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans people in Ontario through education, research, outreach,...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario
Service type:
Community and/or Social Services
Phone:
416-324-4100
Website:
http://www.rainbowhealthontario.ca

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
Phone:
613-236-6636
Website:
https://www.reach.ca/

Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority (RHRA)

The Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority (RHRA) is an independent, self-funded, not-for-profit corporation established by the Ontario government under the Retirement Homes Act, 2010. The guiding...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Community and/or Social Services, Other Government Services
Website:
http://www.rhra.ca/en//en//en//en/

South Riverdale Community Health Centre

The South Riverdale Community Health Centre (SRCHC) is a community-based organization that offers primary health care services and health promotion programs to a diverse community.
Regions served:
Greater Toronto Area
Service type:
Community and/or Social Services
Phone:
416-461-1925
Website:
http://www.srchc.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...
Regions served:
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/

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...
Regions served:
Greater Toronto Area
Service type:
Legal Clinics - Specialty
Phone:
416-971-8832
Website:
http://workers-safety.ca/

Waterloo Region Family Network

Waterloo Region Family Network aims to help educate, connect, and empower parents and families of children with special needs.
Regions served:
Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Community and/or Social Services
Phone:
519-886-9150
Website:
https://wrfn.info/