Services by topic - Immigration and Refugee Law
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, including in some cases, Immigration Law. Clinics can also help you to find support and advice by directing you to relevant specialty legal clinics, other community agencies or local immigration lawyers that provide assistance and information.
Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) helps low-income individuals and disadvantaged communities get legal assistance through a broad range of services, including legal help for low-income people who appear in court without a lawyer, telephone and online assistance, resources, referrals, and assistance in retaining a lawyer if applicants meet eligibility requirements. LAO provides help in certain areas of law, such as criminal, family, and immigration and refugee.
LAO has launched a searchable lawyer directory on its website to make it easier for clients to find a lawyer. People can search for lawyers by area of law, location and language.
The Law Society of Upper Canada has information on its web site 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.
For refugee claimants and others who have questions about their immigration status in Canada, CLEO's Refugee Rights in Ontario website has useful information on where to get legal help.
The Refugee Law Office in Toronto is a staff office of Legal Aid Ontario. It can represent refugee claimants who qualify for legal aid. They also provide a range of immigration law services including representing people held in immigration detention.
Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic also offers immigration services if the client is a woman who has experienced relationship violence or partner abuse.
For applications to the Federal Court, Pro Bono Law Ontario may be able to help. People who do not qualify for legal aid can apply for assistance through their Federal Court - Law Help Ontario program. For more information on these applications see CLEO's Refugee Rights in Ontario website - Challenging a decision in Federal Court.
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.
For general information on finding legal help visit: I need legal help, but have limited income and can't afford a lawyer. What can I do?
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