Community Legal Clinics
Community Legal Clinics provide services to address the unique legal needs of low-income people and communities. They are independent, non-profit organizations that are governed by locally elected Boards of Directors and receive funding from Legal Aid Ontario.
- The local Board of Directors tries to match its services to meet the priority needs of the community it serves.
- The types of issues that Community Legal Clinics may provide help with include:
- Tenant rights
- Ontario Works (welfare)
- Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)
- Government pensions (CPP, CPP-Disability)
- Immigration and refugee matters
- Employment Insurance
- Workplace Safety and Insurance
- Employment rights
- Criminal Injuries Compensation
- Human rights and discrimination
- Community Legal Clinic lawyers and legal workers provide legal information and legal advice, and represent people in Court, before Boards and Tribunals, and in mediation.
- Community Legal Clinics also engage in test cases, public legal education, community organizing and other law reform initiatives.
- Most Community Legal Clinics serve the specific geographic areas in which they are located and each community in Ontario is now served by a clinic.
- There are also 17 Specialty Clinics that either deal with a specific area of law (for example: housing, workers' health and safety, income security, etc.), or represent a specific, non-geographic community (for example: seniors, disabled people, South Asian peoples, etc.).
- Specialty Clinics serve clients from all parts of Ontario, but may not represent individual clients.
- Another option to consider is a legal clinic run by a Student Legal Aid Service Society - these are clinics where law students, who are supervised by lawyers, can assist you with certain legal problems.
- You should contact a Community Legal Clinic directly to determine if they can help you with your legal problem and if you qualify financially for their services.
- Decide if your legal problem relates to Community Legal Clinics.
- Read Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to learn more about Community Legal Clinics.
- Follow the Steps for instructions on how to get help from a Community Legal Clinic.
- Review the Resources to find new and in-depth legal information about Community Legal Clinics.
- See the Links for news and other helpful websites.