Legal Aid Ontario can help

Need legal help but can't afford it? We provide legal services for financially eligible, low‑income Ontarians in the following areas: domestic violence, family law, immigration and refugee law, criminal law, and poverty law.

Legal services eligibility

LAO will provide you with the services best suited to your legal matter. To receive assistance, you must qualify financially and your legal matter must be covered by one that LAO covers.

For the most serious legal matters, LAO may offer full representation through its certificate program. In some cases, you may have to repay some or all of your legal fees. Please not that you must qualify under a separate financial eligibility test for this program. To find out more, call us or visit

Multilingual assistance

A call to LAO's toll-free number helps you to access a wide range of general information, summary legal advice, and applications for legal aid in over 300 languages.

Contact us

Toll-free: 1-800-668-8258

TTY (teletypewriter): Use Bell's Relay Service at 1-800-855-0511

Service is available Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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