Community legal clinics provide information, advice, and representation on various legal issues, including social assistance, housing, refugee and immigration law, employment law, human rights, workers' compensation, and the Canada Pension Plan. Some legal clinics do not handle all of these issues, but staff may be able to refer you to someone who can help.

Community legal clinics are staffed by lawyers, community legal workers, and sometimes law students. All help is private and confidential and provided free of charge.

To qualify for community legal clinic services:

  • your legal issue must be one the clinic handles,
  • you must live in the area the clinic serves, and
  • your income and assets cannot be above a certain level.

To find out if you qualify, contact your local legal clinic. Most legal clinics provide brief advice, or "summary advice", without asking about your financial situation. Some legal clinics also offer workshops, information sessions, and other community development activities.

Most legal clinics serve a large area around their location and many clinics offer satellite services in neighbouring towns.

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 full listing of community legal clinics below. To find out more about specialty community legal clinics and student legal aid services societies in Ontario, see:

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Algoma Community Legal Clinic

Algoma Community Legal Clinic provides free legal services to low-income residents of the Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma district. The clinic assists clients with Ontario Disability Support Program (...
Regions served:
Northern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
705-942-4900
Website:
http://www.algomalegalclinic.ca/

Chatham-Kent Legal Clinic

Chatham-Kent Legal Clinic provides free legal services to low-income residents of Chatham and surrounding areas.
Regions served:
Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
519-351-6771
Website:
http://www.cklc.ca/

Clinique juridique francophone de l'Est d'Ottawa

Clinique juridique francophone de l'Est d'Ottawa provides free legal services to low-income francophone residents of East Ottawa.
Regions served:
Eastern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
613-744-2892
Website:
http://www.cscvanier.com/fr/juridique

Clinique juridique Grand-Nord Legal Clinic

Clinique Juridique Grand-Nord Legal Clinic provides free legal services in French and English to low-income residents of Kapuskasing and surrounding area.
Regions served:
Northern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
705-337-6200
Website:
https://www.facebook.com/GrandNordLegalClinic/

Clinique juridique populaire de Prescott et Russell Inc.

Clinique juridique populaire de Prescott et Russell Inc. provides free legal services to low-income residents of the United Counties of Prescott and Russell.
Regions served:
Eastern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
613-632-1136
Website:
http://www.cjppr.on.ca/en/

Clinique juridique Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry Legal Clinic

Clinique juridique Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry Legal Clinic provides free legal services to low-income residents of Cornwall and surrounding areas.
Regions served:
Eastern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
613-932-2703
Website:
http://www.sdglegal.com/en/

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 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 Assistance Sarnia

Community Legal Assistance of Sarnia provides free legal services for low-income residents of Sarnia and Lambton County.
Regions served:
Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
519-332-8055

Community Legal Clinic - Brant, Haldimand, Norfolk

Community Legal Clinic - Brant, Haldimand, Norfolk provides free legal services to low-income residents of the counties of Brant, Haldimand, and Norfolk. 
Regions served:
Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
519-752-8669
Website:
http://www.bhnlegalclinic.ca

Community Legal Clinic - Simcoe, Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes

Community Legal Clinic - Simcoe, Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes provides free legal services to low-income residents of Simcoe County, Haliburton County, and Kawartha Lakes.
Regions served:
Central Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
705-326-6444
Website:
http://www.communitylegalclinic.ca

Community Legal Clinic of York Region

Community Legal Clinic of York Region provides free legal services to low-income residents of York Region.
Regions served:
Greater Toronto Area
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
905-508-5018
Website:
http://www.clcyr.on.ca/

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/

Downsview Community Legal Services

Downsview Community Legal Services provides free legal services to low-income residents of the geographical area served by the clinic in north Toronto.
Regions served:
Greater Toronto Area
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
416-635-8388
Website:
http://www.downsviewcommunitylegalservices.com/

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

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

Elgin-Oxford Legal Clinic

Elgin-Oxford Legal Clinic provides free legal services to low-income residents of Elgin and Oxford counties.
Regions served:
Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
519-633-2638
Website:
http://www.eolc.ca/

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/

Grey-Bruce Community Legal Clinic

Grey-Bruce Community Legal Clinic provides free legal services to low-income residents of Grey and Bruce counties.
Regions served:
Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
519-370-2200
Website:
http://www.gblegalclinic.com

Halton Community Legal Services

Halton Community Legal Services provides free legal services to low- income residents of the Halton region. Voices for Change Is a grassroots advocacy group supported by Halton Community Legal...
Regions served:
Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
905-877-5256
Website:
http://www.haltonlegal.ca

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

Huron/Perth Community Legal Clinic

Huron/Perth Community Legal Clinic provides free legal services to low-income residents of Stratford and surrounding areas of Perth and Huron Counties.
Regions served:
Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
519-271-4556
Website:
http://www.huronperthlegalclinic.ca/

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/

Justice Niagara

Justice Niagara provides free legal services to low-income residents of the Southern Niagara region. Services available in French at Fort Erie satellite office.
Regions served:
Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
905-735-1559
Website:
http://justiceniagara.com/

Keewaytinok Native Legal Services

Keewaytinok Native Legal Services is a community legal clinic that provides free services to low income people and their organizations.
Regions served:
Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Northern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
705-336-2981 Moosonee; 705-658-4010 Moose Factory

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

Kingston Community Legal Clinic

Kingston Community Legal Clinic provides free legal services to low-income people in Kingston, Ontario and surrounding areas.
Regions served:
Eastern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
613-541-0777
Website:
http://www.kclc.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

Lake Country Community Legal Clinic

Lake Country Community Legal Clinic provides free legal services to low-income people in the District Municipality of Muskoka and District of Parry Sound.
Regions served:
Central Ontario, Northern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
705-645-6607
Website:
http://www.lcclc.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/

Legal Clinic of Guelph and Wellington County

Legal Clinic of Guelph and Wellington County provides free legal services to low-income residents of Guelph and Wellington County.
Regions served:
Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
519-821-2100
Website:
http://www.gwlegalclinic.ca/

Manitoulin Legal Clinic

Manitoulin Legal Clinic provides free legal services to low income people in the District of Manitoulin. Please note that the exact location as displayed by Google Maps below may not be accurate. The...
Regions served:
Northern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
705-368-3333

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

Neighbourhood Legal Services (London & Middlesex) Inc.

Neighbourhood Legal Services (London & Middlesex) Inc. provides free legal services to low-income residents of London and Middlesex County.
Regions served:
Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
519-438-2890

Niagara North Community Legal Assistance

Niagara North Community Legal Assistance (NNCLA) provides free legal services to low-income residents of St. Catharine's and surrounding areas.
Regions served:
Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
905-682-6635
Website:
http://www.niagaranorthlegal.com

Nipissing Community Legal Clinic

The Nipissing Community Legal Clinic provides free legal services to low-income residents of North Bay and surrounding areas.
Regions served:
Northern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
705-476-6603 (by appointment only)

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/

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/

Northumberland Community Legal Centre

Northumberland Community Legal Centre provides free legal services to low-income residents of Northumberland County. The clinic assists low income people with a range of legal issues including...
Regions served:
Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
905-373-4464
Website:
http://thehelpandlegalcentre.ca/

Northwest Community Legal Clinic

The Northwest Community Legal Clinic provides free legal services to low-income residents of the Kenora and Rainy River Districts from its three offices located in Fort Frances, Kenora, and Atikokan.
Regions served:
Northern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
807-274-5327
Website:
http://www.northwestcommunitylegalclinic.ca/

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/

Peterborough Community Legal Centre

The Peterborough Community Legal Centre provides free legal advice and/or legal representation for low-income residents of Peterborough City and County in the following areas: Ontario Works/welfare,...
Regions served:
Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
705-749-9355

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/

Renfrew County Legal Clinic

Renfrew County Legal Clinic provides free legal services to low-income residents of Renfrew County.
Regions served:
Eastern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
613-432-8146
Website:
http://www.renfrewlegalclinic.org

Rexdale Community Legal Clinic

Rexdale Community Legal Clinic 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:
416-741-5201
Website:
http://www.rexdalecommunitylegalclinic.ca/

Rural Legal Services

Rural Legal Services has amalgamated with the Lanark, Leeds and Grenville Legal Clinic to form The Legal Clinic (TLC). As a community legal clinic, TLC receives funding from Legal Aid Ontario to...
Regions served:
Eastern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
613-279-3252

Scarborough Community Legal Services

Scarborough Community Legal Services provides free legal services to low-income residents of the geographical area the clinic serves in the east of Midland Avenue Scarborough region of...
Regions served:
Greater Toronto Area
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
Intake: 416-438-7182 (available from 9:30 am - 12:00 pm)
Website:
http://www.scarboroughcommunitylegal.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/

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

South Ottawa Community Legal Services

South Ottawa Community Legal Services (SOCLS) provides free legal assistance to low income individuals living in southern or eastern neighbourhoods in Ottawa. They serve most neighbourhoods south of...
Regions served:
Eastern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
(613) 733-0140
Website:
http://www.clsoc.ca

Sudbury Community Legal Clinic

The Sudbury Community Legal Clinic provides free legal services to low-income residents of Sudbury and surrounding areas.
Regions served:
Central Ontario, Northern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
705-674-3200

The Legal Clinic

Rural Legal Services has amalgamated with the Lanark, Leeds and Grenville Legal Clinic to form The Legal Clinic (TLC). As a community legal clinic, TLC receives funding from Legal Aid Ontario to...
Regions served:
Eastern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
613-264-8888
Website:
http://www.legalclinic.ca/

Timmins-Temiskaming Community Legal Clinic

Timmins-Temiskaming Community Legal Clinic provides free legal services to low-income residents of the Timmins area.
Regions served:
Northern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
705-267-0300
Website:
http://www.legalaid.on.ca/en/contact/about.asp?place=602200

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/

Waterloo Region Community Legal Services

Waterloo Region Community Legal Services provides free legal services to low-income residents of the Waterloo region. The clinic is open to the public from Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m...
Regions served:
Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
519-743-0254
Website:
http://www.wrcls.ca

West End Legal Services of Ottawa / Services juridiques de l'ouest d'Ottawa 

West End Legal Services of Ottawa / Services juridiques de l'ouest d'Ottawa provides free legal services to low-income residents of the geographical area served by the clinic in west Ottawa.
Regions served:
Eastern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
613-596-1641
Website:
http://westendlegal.ca/

West Scarborough Community Legal Services

West Scarborough Community Legal Services provides free legal services to low-income residents in the geographical area bordered by the East side of Victoria Park Avenue to the West side of Midland...
Regions served:
Greater Toronto Area
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
416-285-4460
Website:
http://westscarboroughlegal.ca/

West Toronto Community Legal Services

West Toronto Community Legal Services provides free legal services to low-income residents of the geographical area served by the clinic in west Toronto.
Regions served:
Greater Toronto Area
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
416-531-7376
Website:
https://www.wtcls.org/

Willowdale Community Legal Services

Willowdale Community Legal Services provides free legal services to low-income residents of North York.
Regions served:
Greater Toronto Area
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
416-492-2437
Website:
http://www.willowdalelegal.com/

Windsor-Essex Bilingual Legal Clinic / Clinique juridique bilingue Windsor-Essex

Windsor-Essex Bilingual Legal Clinic provides free legal services to low-income residents of Windsor and Essex County. Service is available in English and French.
Regions served:
Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
519-253-3526; SW Integrated Legal Clinics' French Language Service Program 1-855-650-9716
Website:
http://blc-cjb.com/