Getting legal help

How do I apply for legal aid?

You can apply by:

  • calling us at 1‑800‑668‑8258 from Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (The best time to call is between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.)
  • asking a legal aid worker, if you are in jail or a detention centre
  • asking a rights' advisor or patient advocate, if you are in a hospital

Some local legal aid offices and courthouses may also take applications.

Do I need anything before I apply?

  • any documents about your legal case
  • proof of your income if you have any. For example, recent pay stubs, social assistance cheque stubs, or employment insurance statements

What happens after I apply?

If you qualify for legal aid, we will:

  • pay for a lawyer to represent you. The lawyer has to be from this list.


  • refer you to one of our other services.

What can I do if I have been denied legal aid?

You will not be able to get legal aid if:

  • you make too much money
  • you have a legal problem that we do not help with

If you do not agree with our decision, you can appeal.

Do you live in a different province or territory?

If you have a legal issue in Ontario, call us.