Getting Legal Help

Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO)

Community Legal Education Ontario produces free legal information in print and online, in English, French and other languages, on many topics including housing and social assistance. Your Legal Rights is a website of Community Legal Education Ontario which has practical legal information on a wide range of legal topics produced by hundreds of organizations. You can also find a map and full listing of community legal clinics including general service, specialty community legal clinics, and student legal aid services societies in Ontario.

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO)

Legal Aid Ontario provides legal assistance for low-income people. Ontario’s Community Legal Clinics are funded by Legal Aid Ontario to provide legal services for low-income individuals and families in several areas of law.

Human Rights Legal Support Centre (HRLSC)

The Human Rights Legal Support Centre provides legal advice and assistance to people in Ontario who have experienced discrimination contrary to the Human Rights Code. Services may include legal assistance in filing applications at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, and legal representation at mediation and hearings.


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 available to anyone living in Canada whose net family income is under $59,000 and is experiencing financial difficulties. Reduced fees are calculated according to a sliding scale which takes into account the number of individuals supported and amount of income from all sources. Clients who have a low income should contact Legal Aid Ontario to determine eligibility before applying for this program.

Law Society of Ontario (LSO)

The Law Society of Ontario has a referral service which provides the name of a lawyer or licensed paralegal who will provide a free consultation of up to 30 minutes to help you determine your rights and options. The LSO also produces a guide to handling everyday legal problems and gives advice on finding and choosing a legal professional. This information is available in the “For the Public” section of the Law Society’s website.

Justice for Children and Youth

Justice for Children and Youth (JFCY) is a legal aid clinic that serves low-income children and youth under 18 and homeless youth under 25. JFCY staff lawyers provide direct legal assistance to eligible children and youth in the Greater Toronto Area. JFCY also offers summary legal advice, information and assistance to young people, parents (in education matters), professionals and community groups across Ontario.