Community Legal Clinics

  • If you do not qualify for legal aid, you may consider contacting one of the 80 independent community legal clinics, including 17 specialty clinics that provide legal assistance to low-income individuals and disadvantaged communities. They can assist with various legal issues such as: tenant rights, Ontario Works (OW), Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), government pensions, immigration, employment insurance, workplace safety and insurance, Workers’ Compensation, employment rights, criminal injuries compensation and human rights.

  • Since many of these clinics have their own eligibility criteria, you have to contact a community legal clinic directly to determine your eligibility. One general requirement is based on ’catchment area’, which means you have to reside within the area that it serves. Click here to find your nearest community legal clinic.

  • HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario – This clinic serves people with HIV or AIDS across Ontario. The website includes a newsletter and publications on topics of interest to the clinic’s clients and their families.

  • Family Violence Authorization Program [PDF] — This is a Legal Aid program, that provides low-income people who have experienced abuse and need immediate help, with free 2 hour counselling session with a lawyer.

  • Click here to view the Directory of Community Legal Clinics in Ontario.


If you are experiencing DOMESTIC VIOLENCE or ABUSE, Call the assaulted
Women’s Helpline at 1-866-863-0511.

The Assaulted Women’s Helpline can refer you to your
nearest local shelter.

Pro Bono Law Ontario
  • Pro Bono Law Ontario (PBLO) is a charitable organization that promotes access to justice by creating and facilitating opportunities for lawyers to provide pro bono (free) legal services to low-income people that are not covered by Legal Aid. Wherever possible, they provide free legal services in front-line environments such as courthouses, schools and hospitals, in areas such as: debt, consumer issues, housing, work-related matters, education (rights for children and youth), as well as assistance for businesses and non-profits.