legal aid resources in ontario in light of covid-19

We, at the Toronto Global Shapers hub are thinking of those who are in need of legal advice and support during this trying time. To that end, we have collated a list of resources below. If there is a legal aid organization that you would like to recommend be added, please email toglobalshapers@gmail.com.

Please note that these resources have last been updated as of March 25, 2020. For the most recent updates, please refer to the Government of Canada and Ontario Government websites, and the organizations’ websites directly.

General Resources during covid-19

Steps to Justice

An online, self-help tool with step-by-step information 

https://stepstojustice.ca/covid-19

 Legal Aid Ontario Summary Advice Program

LAO has waived financial eligibility requirements for summary legal advice. Call 1-800-668-8258, Monday to Friday, 8am-5pm.

https://www.legalaid.on.ca/news/changes-to-summary-legal-advice-services-at-legal-aid-ontario-due-to-covid-19-pandemic/ 

Pro Bono Ontario

Pro Bono Ontario’s free legal advice hotline offers free legal advice and assistance for up to 30 minutes from Monday to Friday between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., and between 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Call 1-855-255-7256.

https://www.probonoontario.org/hotline/

Legal Aid Clinics in your Catchment Area 

Call your legal aid clinic in your catchment area 

https://www.legalaid.on.ca/legal-clinics/

Law Facts

Written by Legal Aid Ontario lawyers and staff from across Ontario, LawFacts answers questions about common legal issues.

http://lawfacts.ca/

employment and work issues

COVID-19 Employment Law Section, Steps to Justice

tenancy matters

COVID-19 Housing Law Section, Steps to Justice 

https://stepstojustice.ca/covid-19-housing-law

Frequently Asked Questions, Landlord and Tenancy Board

http://www.sjto.gov.on.ca/ltb/faqs/

immigration and detention matters

COVID-19 Immigration Law Section, Steps to Justice

https://stepstojustice.ca/covid-19-immigration-and-refugee

Legal Aid Ontario

LAO’s refugee law offices are offering expanded services for immigration detention review hearings 

https://www.legalaid.on.ca/in-briefs/covid-19-expanded-detention-review-hearing-representation-services/

https://www.legalaid.on.ca/services/help-with-immigration-or-refugee-problems/