Legal Services

There are clinics across the province that give free legal help or advice to tenants who have low incomes.

You can usually find the community legal clinic for your area by looking under “Legal Aid” in your phone book. You can also check Legal Aid Ontario’s website at or call:
Toll free outside Toronto – 1.800.668.8258
In Toronto – 416.979.1446
Toll free TTY – 1.866.641.8867
TTY in Toronto – 416.598.8867

Your Legal Rights
For those tenants who don’t know what steps to take when they have repair problems their landlord refuses to fix, parents who re separating and have questions about custody/access or workers worried about what will happen to their benefits while they’re on pregnancy leave. Your Legal Rights has free, practical, and easy-to-find legal information.

Tenant Duty Counsel Program
There are tenant duty counsels at many Board locations. Tenant duty counsel are lawyers and community legal workers. The tenant duty counsel program is run by the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario and is funded by Legal Aid Ontario. Tenant duty counsel will help you for free but you may first have to show that you cannot afford to pay for your own lawyer. And, there are limits to what they can help you with.

Community Legal Services
UWO, Faculty of Law Building, Rm. 120, Call: (519) 661-3352
Legal assistance and representation for small claims court, landlord-tenant problems, summary conviction criminal matters, simple wills and power of attorney. Assistance is provided by law students under the direct supervision of a review lawyer.

Lawyer Referral Service
Call: 1-800-268-8326, Open from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday.
Free referral to lawyers by telephone offered to individuals in, domestic violence situations, shelters or custody. Fee for all other individuals. ($6 for referral).

Legal Aid Ontario – London, Ontario
Issues certificates toward payment of legal costs for family court and child welfare cases and first appearance in criminal and young offender cases to eligible individuals.
171 Queens Avenue, Suite 610, Call: (519) 433-8179

Neighbourhood Legal Services
Suite 507 – 151 Dundas Street London, ON N6A 5R7, Call: (519) 438-2890
Legal advice and representation in court on Employment Insurance, Ontario Works, pensions and tenant evictions to individuals who meet financial eligibility guidelines.

London Unemployment Help Centre
114 Dundas Street, 2nd floor, Call: (519) 439-0501
Advice and paralegal representation regarding government benefits such as, Employment Insurance, Ontario Works, and Canada Pension Plan.

Steps to Justice – Your Guide to Law in Ontario
Steps to Justice is a first-of-its-kind initiative that empowers people in Ontario to understand and take action to deal with their legal problems. It gives comprehensive online information on common legal problems that people experience in family, housing, employment and other areas of law.
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
180 Dundas St. West, Suite 506 Toronto, Ontario M5G 1Z8, Call: (416) 408-4420