We do NOT do criminal,
family or immigration law. This work is handled by private bar lawyers on legal
aid certificates. More information on the legal aid certificate program is found
in Community Resources.
give free legal advice on the telephone or by appointment in the areas of law
listed above. We normally do not ask income information when giving advice.
We represent financially eligible individuals and sometimes groups in the
areas of law listed above. Staff determine eligibility by asking about income
and assets. We represent people at hearings before a number of tribunals including
the Ontario Rental Housing Tribunal, the Social Benefits Tribunal (for Ontario
Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program), the Workplace Safety & Insurance
Board and Appeals Tribunal, the Board of Referees and Umpire (for employment insurance
appeals), the Review Tribunal and Pension Appeals Board (for CPP-Disability) and
the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board. We also appear in appeal courts for
Education: We frequently speak to client groups and agency staff about our
areas of practice and advocacy work. We encourage people to contact us to discuss
their needs. We are happy to tailor presentations to the audience. We also produce
legal education materials such as fact sheets and advocacy articles. Our quarterly
newsletter "Community Legal Facts/FAX" is found under Facts
Sheets and Publications along with other materials. A "Survival Guide to Housing"
is available along with brochures at the clinics in several languages. A housing
video is also soon available. For more information on community legal education
publications see Community Legal Education Ontario under Related Links.
An important part of our work is community development. We assist groups to enforce
their legal rights by organising for a common cause. An example is helping tenants
in a building to establish a tenants' association to address repair or rent issues.
Staff are involved in a number of community coalitions working on systemic issues,
particularly around housing and homelessness such as the Solutions for Housing
Action Committee. Another area of focus has been with injured workers. Again,
we encourage contact from individuals, groups and agencies to discuss their needs.
Often there is a need to change laws, regulations, policies and practices that
are unfair and penalise and/or discriminate against members of the community.
Our law reform efforts include written and oral submissions to governments of
all levels, legal challenges and lobbying/education campaigns conducted through