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Getting Legal Help: A Directory of Community Legal Clinics in Ontario

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Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto (ALST)

Offers legal help to Aboriginal people living in Toronto in areas such as landlord and tenant, social assistance, victim rights and inquests. Youth, criminal, and family court workers also offer services in Toronto courthouses. Operates an alternative justice program and prepares "Gladue" reports throughout the province.

211 Yonge St., Suite 500, Toronto, M5B 1M4
416-408-3967 or 416-408-4041 (accepts collect calls)
www.aboriginallegal.ca

Advocacy Centre for the Elderly (ACE)

Provides direct legal services to low-income seniors, public legal education, and law reform. Services and activities are in relation to areas of law of special importance to the seniors' population of Ontario.

2 Carlton St., Suite 701, Toronto, M5B 1J3
416-598-2656 (call your local clinic first)
www.acelaw.ca

Advocacy Centre for Tenants — Ontario (ACTO)

Works to improve human rights and justice in housing for lowincome Ontarians through legal advice and representation, law reform, community organizing, training, and education. Does not give direct service in individual tenant cases. Delivers tenant duty counsel services at the Landlord and Tenant Board locations in Toronto and Mississauga, and offers these services through community legal clinics elsewhere.

55 University Ave., Suite 1500, Toronto, M5J 2H7
416-597-5855
Toll-free: 1-866-245-4182
www.acto.ca

African Canadian Legal Clinic

Uses test case litigation to address anti‑Black racism and other forms of systemic and institutional discrimination. Also provides public education about human rights and racial discrimination in Canada.

250 Dundas St. W., Suite 402, Toronto, M5T 2Z5
416-214-4747
Toll-free: 1-888-377-0033
www.aclc.net

ARCH Disability Law Centre

Offers information, summary advice and referrals, and representation in systemic cases for people with disabilities across Ontario in ARCH's areas of practice. Provides public legal education and continuing legal education, undertakes law reform, and conducts test case litigation. Also helps lawyers and other legal professionals representing clients with disabilities.

55 University Ave., Suite 1500, Toronto, M5J 2H7
416-482-8255
Toll-free: 1-866-482-2724
TTY: 416-482-1254
Toll-free TTY: 1-866-482-2728
www.archdisabilitylaw.ca

Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA)

Provides legal services to individuals and groups with environmental legal problems, and seeks to improve environmental protection through legislation.

55 University Ave., Suite 1500, Toronto, M5J 2H7
416-960-2284
Toll-free: 1-844-755-1420
www.cela.ca

Centre for Spanish-Speaking Peoples (CSSP)

Provides summary advice and assistance, with particular emphasis on immigration matters, tenants' and workers' rights, to the Spanish-speaking community of Toronto.

2141 Jane St., 2nd Floor, Toronto, M3M 1A2
416-533-8545
416-533-0680
Legal Intake Line
www.spanishservices.org

Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic (CSALC)

Offers legal advice and representation to low-income, non-English speaking members of the Chinese, Vietnamese, Laotian, and Cambodian communities throughout Ontario. Provides public legal education and advocates on issues affecting these communities.

180 Dundas St. W., Suite 1701, Toronto, M5G 1Z8
416-971-9674 (walk-in 1pm–4 pm every Wednesday)
www.csalc.ca

CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)

Produces free legal information in many formats and languages that help low‑income and disadvantaged communities understand their legal rights. CLEO's website, Steps to Justice, gives step-by-step information about common legal problems. Steps to Justice has practical tools like forms and checklists, and referral information for legal and social services.

180 Dundas St. W., Suite 506, Toronto, M5G 1Z8
416-408-4420
www.cleo.on.ca
www.stepstojustice.ca
www.yourlegalrights.on.ca

HALCO — HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic (Ontario)

Provides free legal services to people living with HIV/AIDS in Ontario. Other services include public legal education activities across Ontario, law reform and community development activities. Produces a variety of publications and resources including pamphlets, newsletters, and information sheets.

55 University Ave., Suite 1400, Toronto, M5J 2H7
416-340-7790
Toll-free: 1-888-705-8889
www.halco.org

Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)

Works with clinics and anti-poverty groups using litigation, policy development, advocacy, and organizing to advance the interests of Ontario's low-income communities in income security programs, and employment law and workers' rights (does not give individual service).

55 University Ave., Suite 1500, Toronto, M5J 2H7
416-597-5820
Toll-free: 1-866-245-4072
www.incomesecurity.org

Industrial Accident Victims’ Group of Ontario (IAVGO)

Provides legal advice and representation to injured workers in Ontario. Provides training and public legal education to advocates, workers and community groups, and produces publications for workers and advocates. Operates a satellite student legal clinic with University of Toronto law students. Advocates for Injured Workers.

55 University Ave., Suite 1500, Toronto, M6J 2H7
416-924-6477
Toll-free: 1-877-230-6311
www.iavgo.org

Injured Workers’ Consultants (IWC)

Provides information and advice, and represents injured workers. Provides public legal education and works with injured worker and community organizations trying to improve the workers' compensation system.

815 Danforth Ave., Suite 411, Toronto, M4J 1L2
416-461-2411 (call your local clinic first)
www.injuredworkersonline.org

Justice for Children and Youth (JFCY)

Is a child rights organization that offers information, summary advice, referrals, and representation to children and young people under 18 years of age, and to homeless and unstably housed young people under 25. Provides professional development and public legal education, and undertakes test case litigation and law reform on child and youth rights issues.

55 University Ave., Suite 1500, Toronto, M5J 2H7
416-920-1633
Toll-free: 1-866-999-5329
www.jfcy.org

Landlord’s Self-Help Centre (LSHC)

Provides information and summary advice to small-scale landlords in Ontario. Also develops educational materials and engages in law reform and community development.

55 University Ave., Suite 1500, Toronto, M5J 2H7
416-504-5190
Toll-free: 1-800-730-3218
www.landlordselfhelp.com

South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario (SALCO)

Provides advice and representation to low‑income South Asians in the Greater Toronto Area. Also conducts public legal education, law reform, and community development activities in the South Asian communities throughout Ontario.

45 Sheppard Ave. E., Suite 106A, Toronto, M2N 5W9
416-487-6371
www.salc.on.ca

Toronto Workers’ Health & Safety Legal Clinic

Takes on health and safety cases and workers' compensation cases for workers who do not have union representation. Also provides education on safety legislation and workplace hazards as well as public legal education to interested groups on health and safety law.

180 Dundas St. W., Suite 2000, Toronto, M5G 1Z8
416-971-8832
Toll-free: 1-877-832-6090
www.workers-safety.ca