STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
1. To provide legal services to the low income community of
Northern Etobicoke, carried out by lawyers and community legal
workers, including activities which encourage access to justice
by our community.
2. To provide the most appropriate delivery method from a range
of services which includes summary advice, representation, community
development, public legal education and law reform.
3. To ensure that our resources are directed to cases that
are most consistent with the priorities of our community as
set by our Board of Directors.
4. To ensure that the root causes of the legal problems of
our community are addressed and not only individual legal problems.
5. To ensure that our clinic provides legal services relevant
to our community and is a known and trusted resource within
Our clinic provides free Legal Aid advice and assistance
to low income people living in our geographic boundaries in
the following areas of law:
- Housing problems, tenant rights
- Employment Insurance
- Employment/ Labour Law
- Welfare/ Ontario Works
- Ontario Disability Support Program
- Canada Pension Disability
We have a family law lawyer available 3 days/week funded by Legal Aid Ontario. Please call us to book an appointment.
We also provide community education in several areas of law
to local groups, school and organizations. If we cannot help
you, we may be able to refer you to a source of help in your
You can phone us at 416-741-5201 or use links on this page
to determine whether you are eligible for our services, and
how to find us. If you do not live in the area marked on the
map (click the "map" button on the left side
of your screen) you may be able to link to another
clinic's site or to phone the clinic nearest to you. There are
about thirty clinics funded by Legal Aid Ontario, www.legalaid.on.ca
in the Toronto area. Most can only serve people who live in
a specified neighbourhoods, so it is important
to know which clinic can serve you before you
get on the bus.
English is not your first language?
We provide immediate services in over 100 languages through the use of a telephone interpretation service and can obtain the services of translators for more complex matters.
How much will it cost?
There is no charge for the services provided by the Clinic.
There may be minor costs related to your case which will be
discussed with you at the first interview.
Can I access Clinic services by e-mail?
You will have to speak to a worker by phone, and probably come
in to our office, to obtain services. It is a good idea to phone
first, in case we cannot help, or in case we need to refer you
to Legal Aid for another form of help.
Will the clinic help me with traffic violations or
Sorry, no. For some criminal charges, immigration, and family issues,
you may be eligible for Legal Aid. Please call 1-800-668-8258 or by email at email@example.com (in French or English) Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. or check Legal Aid Ontario's
for more information.
If you have a court appearance scheduled, you can apply at the courthouse and/or speak with duty counsel on the day.
What can I do while I am waiting for you to open, or
to call me back?
There are several ways to get legal information on the internet.
See the links at the left side of this page. We also offer links
below to some recent developments on www.CLEOnet.ca,
a resource and information website funded by Legal Aid Ontario.
What if my problem isn't listed on this page?
Not all areas of law qualify for assistance from Legal Aid Ontario
or clinics. Call us, 416 741-5201, or the clinic in your area,
to clarify what you can do if you have a different issue. We
may be able to refer you to another agency.