What issues are covered by Legal Aid Ontario?
Legal aid clinics are funded by the Government of Ontario. People with low-income can use these clinics to get free or affordable legal representation and advice.
How much of your legal costs are covered depends on the legal issue you need support with and your financial situation.
Legal aid clinics can help you with legal problems including:
- Criminal legal issues
- Family legal issues
- Refugee and immigration legal issues
- Domestic violence
- Mental health legal issues
How do I apply for legal aid?
Due to COVID-19, all community legal clinics are currently closed, but you can still access their services via telephone.
To qualify, you must be financially eligible and need support for a legal issue in Ontario.
However, eligibility requirements are being waived if you're seeking help for the following legal issues:
- Criminal defence
- Urgent child, youth, and family matters
- Family court assistance, including support for people experiencing domestic violence
- Psychiatric patients seeking help with certain matters
To apply for legal aid, call:
- Toll-free: 1-800-668-8258
- GTA: 416-979-1446
- Bell Relay: 1-800-855-0511
What do I need to apply for legal aid?
Before calling, try to have the following ready:
- Information and documents about your legal issue
- Proof of your income (e.g., pay stubs, social assistance stubs, employment insurance statements, etc.)
After speaking to you, Legal Aid Ontario will decide whether or not to take you as a client and follow up accordingly.
People at the clinics are there to answer your questions, so if you're unsure about anything, just ask! If they can’t help you directly, they can refer you to a place that might be able to help.