Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is an independent, publicly funded, and publicly accountable non-profit corporation that administers the province's legal aid program.

LAO services, such as helping people to obtain or maintain social assistance benefits - are delivered through a network of a number of independent, community-based legal aid clinics, funded by LAO.

LAO also runs a certificate program through its network of legal aid area offices. Here LAO issues certificates, which low-income people use to retain a private lawyer to represent them in proceedings before the criminal or family courts, certain administrative tribunals or immigration/refugee boards. The certificate is the private lawyer's guarantee of payment from LAO, subject to the rates and limitations set out in the legal aid tariff.

LAo also provide duty counsel services - performed by staff and private-sector lawyers - for people who arrive in criminal, family or youth courts without a lawyer. These services are listed below.

To find the community legal clinic for your area, you can check the Legal Aid Ontario web site and enter your postal code. You can also find a map and full listing of community legal clinics - general service, specialty community legal clinics, and student legal aid services societies in Ontario on the Your Legal Rights Services Map. For more information, see:

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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.

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?

For Family Law Services in French, Legal Aid Ontario provides this listing of French services.

 

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Chatham Family Law Service Centre

Chatham Family Law Service Centre offers eligible clients a range of legal resources and support for family matters, including: help with documents referrals to advice counsel referral to a private...
Regions served:
Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Aid Ontario Services
Phone:
519-352-3518

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

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...
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:
1-800-668-8258
Website:
http://www.legalaid.on.ca/en/getting/dutycounsel_criminal.asp

Domestic violence services

The following information is taken from the Legal Aid Ontario website at: http://www.legalaid.on.ca/en/getting/type_domesticviolence.asp Legal Aid Ontario has special family law services to help...
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 Aid Ontario Services
Website:
http://www.legalaid.on.ca/en/getting/type_domesticviolence.asp

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...
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:
1-800-668-8258
Website:
http://www.legalaid.on.ca/en/getting/dutycounsel_family.asp

Family Law Service Centres (FLSC)

The following description is taken from the Legal Aid Ontario website. Family Law Service Centres (FLSCs) offer eligible clients a range of legal resources and support for family matters, including...
Regions served:
Greater Toronto Area, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Aid Ontario Services
Website:
http://www.legalaid.on.ca/en/getting/type_familylawservicecentres.asp

Family Summary Legal Advice

The following information is taken from the Legal Aid Ontario website at: http://www.legalaid.on.ca/en/getting/summarylegaladvice_family.asp If you have a family law issue, you may be able to...
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/en/getting/summarylegaladvice_family.asp

Francophone legal advice line - Eastern Ontario

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

Francophone legal advice line - Greater Toronto Area

French-speaking callers in the Greater Toronto Area can get free, confidential legal advice and referrals by telephone.
Regions served:
Greater Toronto Area
Service type:
Legal Aid Ontario Services
Phone:
1-877-966-7345
Website:
http://www.legalaid.on.ca/en/contact/flapp.asp

Francophone legal advice line - Northern Ontario

French-speaking callers in northern Ontario can get free, confidential legal advice and referrals by telephone.
Regions served:
Central Ontario, Northern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Aid Ontario Services
Phone:
1-877-687-2847
Website:
http://www.legalaid.on.ca/en/contact/flapp.asp

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

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

Kenora Family Law Office

The Kenora Family Law 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 protection,...
Regions served:
Northern Ontario
Service type:
Court and Tribunal Related Services, Legal Aid Ontario Services
Phone:
807-468-7790
Website:
http://www.legalaid.on.ca/en/contact/contact.asp?type=family

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 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...
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:
416-979-1446
Website:
http://www.legalaid.on.ca/en/getting/findingalawyer.asp

Legal Aid Ontario - Youth justice

If you are 17 years of age and younger, Legal Aid Ontario can help you if you are in trouble with the law. You have a right to receive free legal advice from a lawyer if you are in custody or were...
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/en/getting/type_youthcriminal.asp

Legal Aid Ontario Family Law Mediation Services

Family Mediation is a way of helping people resolve issues relating to parenting, separation, and/or divorce including custody of or access to children, child and/or spousal support and property...
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
Website:
http://www.legalaid.on.ca/en/getting/mediationservices.asp

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

Newmarket Family Law Service Centre

Newmarket Family Law Service Centre offers eligible clients a range of legal resources and support for family matters, including: help with documents referrals to advice counsel referral to a...
Regions served:
Central Ontario, Greater Toronto Area
Service type:
Legal Aid Ontario Services
Phone:
1-888-613-8775

Oshawa Family Law Service Centre

Oshawa Family Law Service Centre offers eligible clients a range of legal resources and support for family matters, including: help with documents referrals to advice counsel referral to a private...
Regions served:
Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area
Service type:
Legal Aid Ontario Services
Phone:
905-576-2334

Peel (Brampton) Family Law Service Centre

The Peel Family Law Service Centre offers eligible clients a range of legal resources and support for family matters. help with documents referrals to advice counsel referral to a private lawyer who...
Regions served:
Central Ontario, Greater Toronto Area
Service type:
Legal Aid Ontario Services
Phone:
905-453-1723

Queen's Prison Law Clinic (QPLC)

The Queen's Prison Law Clinic provides legal advice, assistance, and representation in matters relating to prison and parole in Kingston-area penitentiaries and Warkworth Institution. Legal services...
Regions served:
Eastern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Aid Ontario Services, Legal Clinics - General Service, Student Legal Aid Services Society
Phone:
613-533-2102
Website:
http://queenslawclinics.ca/prison/

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

Sarnia Family Law Service Centre

Sarnia Family Law Service Centre offers eligible clients a range of legal resources and support for family matters, including: help with documents referrals to advice counsel referral to a private...
Regions served:
Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Aid Ontario Services
Phone:
519-336-4432

Separation Agreement Certificates

The following information is taken from the Legal Aid Ontario website at: http://www.legalaid.on.ca/en/getting/separationagreement_certificates.asp LAO covers the cost of up to 10 hours with a...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Aid Ontario Services
Phone:
1-800-668-8258
Website:
http://www.legalaid.on.ca/en/getting/separationagreement_certificates.asp

St. Catharines Courthouse

St. Catharines Courthouse offers eligible clients a range of legal resources and support for family matters, including: help with documents referrals to advice counsel referral to a private lawyer...
Regions served:
Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Aid Ontario Services
Phone:
905-988-9294

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...
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:
1-866-245-4182
Website:
http://www.acto.ca

Thunder Bay Family Law Office

The Thunder Bay Family Law 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 protection,...
Regions served:
Northern Ontario
Service type:
Court and Tribunal Related Services, Legal Aid Ontario Services
Phone:
807-346-2950

Toronto Central Family Law Service Centre

Toronto Central Family Law Service Centre offers eligible clients a range of legal resources and support for family matters, including: help with documents referrals to advice counsel referral to a...
Regions served:
Greater Toronto Area
Service type:
Legal Aid Ontario Services
Phone:
416-348-0001

Toronto North Family Law Service Centre

Toronto North Family Law Service Centre offers eligible clients a range of legal resources and support for family matters, including: help with documents referrals to advice counsel referral to a...
Regions served:
Greater Toronto Area
Service type:
Legal Aid Ontario Services
Phone:
416-730-0936

Welland Family Law Service Centre

Welland Family Law Service Centre offers eligible clients a range of legal resources and support for family matters, including: help with documents referrals to advice counsel referral to a private...
Regions served:
Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Aid Ontario Services

Windsor Family Law Service Centre

Windsor Family Law Service Centre offers eligible clients a range of legal resources and support for family matters, including: help with documents referrals to advice counsel referral to a private...
Regions served:
Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Aid Ontario Services
Phone:
519-253-2549