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.

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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

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...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - Specialty
Phone:
416-214-4747
Website:
http://www.aclc.net

Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic

The Barbra Schlifer Clinic offers legal representation, professional counselling, and multilingual interpretation to women who have experienced violence.
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Other Law-related Services
Phone:
416-323-9149
Website:
http://schliferclinic.com/

Canadian Centre for International Justice (CCIJ)

The Canadian Centre for International Justice is a charitable organization that works with survivors of genocide, torture and other atrocities to seek redress and bring perpetrators to justice. The...
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:
1-613-230-6114
Website:
http://www.ccij.ca/

Canadian Council for Refugees

The Canadian Council for Refugees is a national non-profit umbrella organization committed to the rights and protection of refugees and other vulnerable migrants in Canada and around the world...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Outside Ontario, Southwestern Ontario, Canada
Service type:
Community and/or Social Services
Phone:
514-277-7223
Website:
http://ccrweb.ca/

Catholic Crosscultural Services

Catholic Crosscultural Services (CCS) is a non-profit agency providing services that assist in the settlement and integration of immigrants and refugees. At CCS we serve all newcomers, refugees, and...
Regions served:
Greater Toronto Area
Service type:
Community and/or Social Services
Phone:
416.757.7010
Website:
http://cathcrosscultural.org/

Centre for Spanish-Speaking Peoples (CSSP)

Centre for Spanish-Speaking Peoples (CSSP) provides summary advice and assistance, with particular emphasis on immigration matters and workers' rights, to the Spanish-speaking community of...
Regions served:
Greater Toronto Area
Service type:
Legal Clinics - Specialty
Phone:
416-533-8545; 416-533-0680 Legal Intake Line
Website:
http://www.spanishservices.org/

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 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

Community Legal Services Ottawa Centre

Community Legal Services Ottawa Centre (CLSOC) provides free legal advice and/or representation to low-income clients in the following areas of law: landlord and tenant, social assistance,...
Regions served:
Eastern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
(613) 241-7008
Website:
http://www.socls.org/

Community Legal Services, Western University

Community Legal Services, Western University provides free legal services to low-income residents of London and to Fanshawe College and Western students. Services are provided by law students...
Regions served:
Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Student Legal Aid Services Society
Phone:
519-661-3352
Website:
http://law.uwo.ca/legal_clinics/community_legal_services/

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/

COSTI Immigrant Services

COSTI provides educational, social, and employment services to help immigrants in the Toronto area attain self-sufficiency in Canadian society.
Regions served:
Greater Toronto Area
Service type:
Community and/or Social Services
Phone:
416-658-1600
Website:
http://www.costi.org/

East Toronto Community Legal Services

East Toronto Community Legal Services provides free legal services to low-income residents of the geographical area the clinic serves in east Toronto.
Regions served:
Greater Toronto Area
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
416-461-8102

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/

FCJ Refugee Centre

The FCJ Refugee Centre has a mandate to give shelter to women and children, provide counselling and support services to refugees and uprooted people, and help refugees and uprooted people adjust...
Regions served:
Greater Toronto Area
Service type:
Other Law-related Services
Phone:
416-469-9754
Website:
http://www.fcjrefugeecentre.org/

Federal Court - Pro Bono Ontario

Pro Bono Ontario offers this free program to help people who don't have a lawyer with cases before the Federal Court of Canada in Toronto.  For people eligible for services and if a...
Regions served:
Greater Toronto Area
Service type:
Other Law-related Services
Website:
https://www.probonoontario.org/lawsuits-and-disputes/

Flemingdon Community Legal Services

Flemingdon Community Legal Services provides free legal services to low-income residents of the geographical area the clinic serves in east Toronto.
Regions served:
Greater Toronto Area
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
416-441-1764 ; 416-441-0969 (intake)
Website:
http://flemingdonlegal.org/

Fort Erie Multicultural Centre

Fort Erie Multicultural Centre provides social services, health care, education opportunities, and support programs for the purpose of assisting in the early and effective settlement of newcomers in...
Regions served:
Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Community and/or Social Services
Phone:
905-871-3641
Website:
http://www.firststepsincanada.com

Francophone legal advice line - Southwestern Ontario

French-speaking callers in southwestern Ontario can get free, confidential legal advice and referrals by telephone.
Regions served:
Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Aid Ontario Services
Website:
http://www.legalaid.on.ca/en/contact/flapp.asp

Good Food Organizations

Good Food Organizations provides resources and a proven approach to partner organizations across Canada to create Community Food Centres that bring people together to grow, cook, share, and...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Outside Ontario, Southwestern Ontario, Canada
Service type:
Community and/or Social Services
Website:
https://cfccanada.ca/

Government of Canada - Gouvernement du Canada

The Government of Canada - Gouvernement du Canada web site provides a gateway to information on the Canadian government including a range of services, departments and agencies. The Canada Site is the...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Outside Ontario, Southwestern Ontario, Canada
Service type:
Other Government Services
Website:
https://www.canada.ca/home.html

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....
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - Specialty
Phone:
416-340-7790
Website:
http://www.halco.org/

Immigrants Working Centre

The Immigrants Working Centre is a charitable organization dedicated to the social, political, and economic inclusion of refugees and immigrants in a just and supportive Canadian society. The Centre...
Regions served:
Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Community and/or Social Services
Phone:
905-529-5209
Website:
http://iwchamilton.ca/

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada facilitates the arrival of immigrants, provides protection to refugees, and offers programming to help newcomers settle in Canada. It also: grants...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Outside Ontario, Southwestern Ontario, Canada
Service type:
Other Government Services
Website:
http://www.cic.gc.ca/

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

Jane Finch Community Legal Services

Jane Finch Community Legal Services provides free legal services to low-income residents of the geographical area the clinic serves in north Toronto.
Regions served:
Greater Toronto Area
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
416-398-0677
Website:
http://www.janefinchcommunitylegalservices.ca/

Jared's Place Legal Advocacy and Resource Centre for Women

Jared's Place assists women who have experienced violence by providing information, referrals, and support as they navigate through complicated legal systems (family, criminal, immigration,...
Regions served:
Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Other Law-related Services
Phone:
905-522-0127

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

Kensington-Bellwoods Community Legal Services

Kensington-Bellwoods Community Legal Services (KBCLS) provides free legal services to low-income residents of the geographical area the clinic serves in central Toronto.
Regions served:
Greater Toronto Area
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
416-924-4244
Website:
http://www.kbcls.org

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/

Legal Aid Certificates

This information is taken from the Legal Aid Ontario web site at: http://www.legalaid.on.ca/en/getting/certificateprogram.asp Certificate program If you are eligible and face a serious legal matter,...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Finding a lawyer, Legal Aid Ontario Services
Phone:
1-800-668-8258
Website:
http://www.legalaid.on.ca/en/getting/certificateprogram.asp

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...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Aid Ontario Services
Website:
http://www.legalaid.on.ca

Legal Assistance of Windsor

Legal Assistance of Windsor provides free legal services to low-income residents of Windsor.
Regions served:
Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
519-256-7831
Website:
http://www.uwindsor.ca/law/legalassistance/

Metro Toronto Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic

Metro Toronto Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic (MCSA) provides advice and representation to low‑income members of the Chinese, Vietnamese, Laotian, and Cambodian communities in the Greater...
Regions served:
Greater Toronto Area
Service type:
Legal Clinics - Specialty
Phone:
416-971-9674 (walk-in 1pm - 4pm every Wednesday)
Website:
http://mtcsalc.org/

Mississauga Community Legal Services

Mississauga Community Legal Services provides free legal services to low-income residents of Mississauga and Malton. Mississauga Community Legal Services is also on Facebook at https://www.facebook....
Regions served:
Greater Toronto Area, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
905-896-2050
Website:
http://www.legalclinicsinpeel.ca/

Neighbourhood Legal Services

Neighbourhood Legal Services gives free legal help to low-income residents of the geographical area the clinic serves in central Toronto.
Regions served:
Greater Toronto Area
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
416-861-0677
Website:
http://www.nlstoronto.org

Newcomer Settlement Agencies

The Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration provides an online directory of several settlement agencies that help newcomers to Canada for all the regions within Ontario. Newcomer agencies...
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:
Newcomer Settlement Agencies by Location

North Peel & Dufferin Community Legal Services

North Peel & Dufferin Community Legal Services provides free legal services to low-income residents of Brampton, Caledon and Dufferin County.
Regions served:
Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
905-455-0160
Website:
http://www.legalclinicsinpeel.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 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....
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://settlement.org/about/

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...
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.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/

Ottawa Legal Information Centre

The Ottawa Legal Information Centre provides free legal information and referral services on a confidential basis, with or without an appointment, to residents of the Ottawa region. In collaboration...
Regions served:
Eastern Ontario
Service type:
Other Law-related Services
Phone:
613-842-7462
Website:
http://www.centreinfojuridique.ca/en/

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/

Refugee Law Office

The Refugee Law Office (RLO) is a staff office that specializes in immigration and refugee law. It assists clients with their refugee claims and other risk assessment applications, their...
Regions served:
Greater Toronto Area
Service type:
Legal Aid Ontario Services
Phone:
416-977-8111
Website:
http://www.legalaid.on.ca/en/contact/about.asp?place=RefugeeLaw

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-...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Outside Ontario, Southwestern Ontario, Canada
Service type:
Community and/or Social Services, Other Law-related Services
Phone:
416-290-1700
Website:
http://www.rstp.ca

Services d'aide juridique du CFT

Services d'aide juridique du CFT through the Centre francophone de Toronto provides free legal services to low income French-speaking people who live, study or work in Toronto.
Regions served:
Greater Toronto Area
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
416-922-2672
Website:
http://www.centrefranco.org/daide-juridique/

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....
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://settlement.org

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).
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.settlementatwork.org/

Social Services Network (SSN)

Social Services Network (SSN) is a not-for-profit charitable organization delivering culturally and linguistically appropriate programs and services to the diverse South Asian community in the York...
Regions served:
Greater Toronto Area
Service type:
Community and/or Social Services
Phone:
905-554-9033
Website:
http://socialservicesnetwork.org/

South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario

The South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario (SALCO) provides advice and representation to low‑income South Asians in Ontario. Also conducts public legal education, law reform, and community development...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - Specialty
Phone:
416-487-6371
Website:
http://salc.on.ca/

South Etobicoke Community Legal Services

South Etobicoke Community Legal Services provides free legal services to low-income residents of the geographical area the clinic serves in west Toronto.
Regions served:
Greater Toronto Area
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
416-252-7218
Website:
http://www.southetobicokelegal.ca

St. Christopher House Immigrant and Refugee Services

The Immigrant and Refugee Services programs at St. Christopher House provide information and support to help newcomers, individually and as community members, to develop the skills and knowledge to...
Regions served:
Greater Toronto Area
Service type:
Community and/or Social Services
Phone:
416-532-4828
Website:
http://www.westnh.org/adults/ImmigrantAndRefugeeS/

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...
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:
https://www.teenlegalhelpline.org/

Toronto South Local Immigration Partnership (LIP)

The Toronto South Local Immigration Partnership (TSLIP) is a community partnership focused on developing local settlement strategies that coordinate and enhance service delivery to newcomers while...
Regions served:
Greater Toronto Area
Service type:
Community and/or Social Services
Website:
http://www.torontolip.com/

Unison Health and Community Services

Unison Health and Community Services provides free legal services to low-income residents of the geographical area the clinic serves in west Toronto.
Regions served:
Greater Toronto Area
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
416-653-5400
Website:
http://unisonhcs.org/

University of Ottawa Refugee Assistance Project (UORAP)

The University of Ottawa Refugee Project is funded by the Law Foundation of Ontario and led by Professors Jennifer Bond, Adam Dodek, Peter Showler and David Wiseman. UORAP's mission is to implement a...
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:
613-562-5800 ext. 8871
Website:
http://ccrweb.ca/en/uorap