Getting legal help

Legal clinics

There are 72 legal clinics and seven student legal aid services societies across Ontario. These clinics mainly focus on:

  • Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program
  • disputes between tenants and landlords
  • social housing matters
  • Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security, Guaranteed Income Supplement
  • wrongful dismissal and other employment issues

Some legal clinics help in other areas of law like human rights or workers’ rights. Others focus on certain groups of people, such as the elderly or people with disabilities. Legal clinics usually do not charge, but they may ask you to pay court filing or medical record fees.

  • To find a local legal clinic, visit

  • To find a legal clinic that focuses on specific groups (e.g. seniors, people living with HIV/AIDS) or a specific area of law (e.g. prison law), go to specialty clinics