Legal Services Guide
Many people find legal matters intimidating, especially those who are newcomers to Canada/Ontario. The following resources provide details about the legal services available in Ontario, and how to access them. A wide range of topics are covered here, such as Legal Aid and Community Clinics, Lawyers and Other Legal Help, Human Rights, Courts, and Police.
· Settlement is the official newcomers website and is funded by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada
· Information on the website is provided in many languages, including Arabic
· The website lists various links for legal services for newcomers, basic information about the Canadian legal system, and information on finding the right lawyer and their costs
· Users can find a directory of Community Legal Clinics which offer low-cost or free legal services and information
· Users can also apply for the Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) program:
The program provides legal aid for low-income people.
Their legal aid certificates are valid for 3 months.
The program has a free “simultaneous” translation system in over 120 languages.
Applicants must have all necessary legal documents pertaining to issue before applying.
Emergency situations get priority.