Aid Ontario (LAO)
If your problem is not on the list of work we do at our clinic,
please try Legal Aid Ontario for assistance in getting a lawyer.
The LAO website provides information about how to apply for
legal aid and how to find the office nearest you.
Society of Upper Canada, Lawyer Referral Service
The Law Society of Upper Canada is the body that governs all
lawyers in Ontario.
The Law Society also has a service that assists people in finding
a lawyer in the correct area of law. This service is called
the Lawyer Referral Service. A phone call to the LRS toll free at 1-800-268-8326 and you will be given the name and
phone number of a lawyer who will provide you with a 30-minute
Community Legal Education
CLEO is a specialized community legal clinic that produces clear
language material for people with low incomes. Main topics include
social assistance, landlord and tenant law, refugee and immigration
law, workers' compensation, women's issues, family law, employment
insurance and human rights. Some of their booklets and pamphlets
can be read on line, if your computer can use Acrobat Reader.
Most publications are available in French, and some are available
in other languages.
Most of their publications are free, and there is no charge for
delivery. You can order publications directly from this website
by going to the home page and clicking on "Publications"
and then "Order form," or you can call 1-416-408-4420
and ask them to mail an order form to you.
Unique in Canada, CLEONet is an easily searchable collection of hundreds of resources, news items, and events on a wide range of legal topics, and in a number of languages.
Community legal education materials are produced by organizations and legal clinics across Ontario, such as ARCH Disability Law Centre, Education Wife Assault, and the Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation. Through CLEONet, these and dozens of other organizations will share their materials and find out about each other’s work.
Your Legal Rights
A project of CLEO, Your Legal Rights is a web site of legal information for people in Ontario. This site has free, practical, and easy-to-find legal information produced by hundreds of organizations across Ontario. This site contains general legal information for Ontario, Canada. It is not intended to be used as legal advice for a specific legal problem.
Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO)
ACTO is a non-profit corporation funded by Legal Aid Ontario as a community legal aid clinic and to offer tenant duty counsel services at all provincial locations of the Ontario Rental Housing Tribunal. As a legal clinic, they specialize in test case and law reform advocacy focusing on housing issues. Their advocacy work and their tenant duty counsel services are provided with the goal of improving the housing situation for people with low incomes living in Ontario.
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)
The Income Security Advocacy Centre works with and on behalf of low income communities in Ontario to address issues of income security and poverty.
The Centre initiates and conducts test case and Charter litigation, law reform and community development related to federal and provincial income security programs such as Ontario Works, the Ontario Disability Support Program, Employment Insurance and the Canada Pension Plan
Landlord and Tenant Board
The Residential Tenancies Act (the RTA) came into effect on January 31, 2007. The RTA sets the rules for most residential rental housing in Ontario. The previous legislation, known as the Tenant Protection Act, (TPA) is no longer in effect.
The Landlord and Tenant Board’s role is to provide information about the RTA and to resolve disputes between most residential landlords and tenants. The Ontario Rental Housing Tribunal is now known as the Landlord and Tenant Board.
ARCH Disability Law Centre
ARCH is a specialty clinic dedicated to defending and advancing the equality rights of persons with disabilities. ARCH will provide free, confidential, basic legal information as it relates to disability including discrimination, human rights, mental capacity, education, estate planning, tax, mental health, employment, disability supports, abuse, transportation, immigration, attendant services, home care, and disability-specific funding.
Low-Income Energy Network (LIEN)
Working to address the energy needs of Ontario's low-income households.
Campaign 2000 is a cross-Canada public education movement to build Canadian awareness and support for the 1989 all-party House of Commons resolution to end child poverty in Canada by the year 2000. Campaign 2000 began in 1991 out of concern about the lack of government progress in addressing child poverty. Campaign 2000 is non-partisan in urging all Canadian elected officials to keep their promise to Canada's children.
25 in 5
The Government of Ontario is committed to a Poverty Reduction Strategy with targets and measures
to ensure “opportunity that is accessible to all.” (Throne Speech, November 2007)
We are asking our government for a plan to reduce Ontario poverty levels by 25% in 5 years and 50% by 2018. We call this the “25 in 5” campaign.