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Home repairs and renovations

Includes information on rights of consumers when dealing with home repairs or renovation contractors.

What the clients may say:
  • "I hired a contractor and they charged me more than they said they would."
  • "I paid a contractor in advance but they didn’t finish the job. I don’t know how to contact them."

Ottawa Legal Information Centre

Offers legal information services, such as general explanations regarding the law and other legal topics, and is not authorized to provide legal advice or legal assistance.

Record #: OCR1063 Last Full Update: 19 Sep 2019
Names
Alternate Name Centre d'information juridique d'Ottawa ; Community Legal Centre ; CV19 ; Legal Clinic ; Legal Information & Referral Services ; OCR ; OLIC
Former Name Ottawa Legal Information Centre (2018)
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community Ottawa
Address & Map
85 Albert St, Unit 1400
Ottawa, ON K1P 6A4
 
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Intersection Elgin St and Albert St
Bus Route Notes OC Transpo OC Travel Planner or Route Timetable
Physical Access Partially Accessible - entrance only * braille elevator
Parking Pay parking lots * parking meters
Description and Services
Description (Service) COVID-19 (May 7, 2020): Centre will no longer offer its services in person for the time being * legal information services remain available by telephone at 1-844-343-7462 during regular business hours * offering public legal education presentations remotely through Zoom to its community partners * contact for more information

Legal information and referral services offered on a confidential basis * all areas of law * 30 minute meeting with a lawyer, who can offer legal information * referral service to specialized resources in the province * help to determine the required legal forms * offers pamphlets, resources and information tools prepared by various legal organizations * commissioning of affidavits and notary public services

The Centre does not provide legal advice or legal assistance
Hours COVID-19 Mon 1 pm-4 pm * Tue, Wed, Thu 9 am-12 noon, 1 pm-4 pm * Fri 9 am-12 noon
Areas Served Ontario
Eligibility No restrictions
Application Drop in or call * with or without an appointment * to make an appointment, contact the reception by telephone and ask to add your name to the call back list (the call will be returned within seven business days) 
 
Commissioning of affidavits and notary public services: bring printed documents and two identification documents along with you
Languages English ; French ; Interpretive Services
Fees None
Service Categories Certificates/Forms Assistance ~ Legal Issues ; Crime Victim Accompaniment Services ; Legal Information Services ; Notary Public Services ; Public Access Computers/Tools ; Specialized Information and Referral ~ Legal Issues
Contact Information
Office Phone 613-842-7462
Toll Free Phone 1-844-343-7462
Fax 613-842-8389
Website legalinfocentre.ca/
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Other Details
Funding Federal - Department of Justice
Print Material Pamphlets * promotional leaflets * posters
Resources Website * print bilingual legal resources

JusticeNet

Connects low to middle income individuals with legal professionals – lawyers, mediators and paralegals- who have agreed to work at a reduced rate.

Record #: OCR2976 Last Full Update: 04 Dec 2019
Names
Alternate Name OCR
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community Thornhill
Address & Map
8185 Yonge St, Suite 213
Thornhill, ON L3T 2C6
 
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Intersection Yonge St and Royal Orchard Blvd
Physical Access Not Applicable - No direct access for clients
Description and Services
Description (Service) Non-profit organization * links individuals seeking legal advice that are unable to obtain legal advice due to high cost or due to their ineligibility to obtain Legal Aid, with legal professionals that have agreed to work for reduced hourly fees * referrals to lawyers, paralegals and mediators * see website for a detailed description of the fee structure
Hours Mon-Fri 10 am-4 pm
Areas Served Ontario
Eligibility Ages: 18 year(s) and up 
 
Individuals residing in or seeking advice about an issue within Ontario, with an annual net family income below $60,000, and not eligible for Legal Aid
Application Visit website for online directory of lawyers, mediators, and paralegals * income eligibility assessment required prior to receiving legal services at reduced rates
Languages English ; French ; Interpretive Services
Fees Service - sliding scale depending on net family income and number of dependents, see website for details
Service Categories Legal Assistance Referral Services ; Paralegal Counselling
Contact Information
Fax 416-479-0829
E-Mail info@justicenet.ca
Website www.justicenet.ca
Primary Contact Heidi Mottahedin, Executive Director; Phone: 416-995-9010; Email: heidi@justicenet.ca
Other Details
Funding Fees
Resources Website

Law Society Referral Service

Provides the name of a lawyer or paralegal who best fits a person’s stated needs. The service is not designed to provide legal advice or second opinions.

Advocacy Centre for the Elderly (ACE)

Works as a resource to Ottawa’s community legal clinics to provide legal services to seniors.

Ministry of Consumer Services

Provides information to consumers about their rights and responsibilities in the marketplace and mediates written complaints relating to car repairs, home renovations, loan brokers, fitness clubs,

Record #: OCR2693 Last Full Update: 06 Mar 2020
Names
Alternate Name Consumer Protection Ontario ; OCR
Former Name Ontario Ministry of Consumer Services ; Ontario. Ministry of Consumer Services ; Policy and Consumer Protection Services Division - Consumer Services Bureau
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community Toronto Downtown
Address & Map
Toronto, ON
 
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Mailing Address Box 450 
77 Wellesley St W 
Toronto, ON M7A 2J6
Physical Access Not Applicable
Description and Services
Description (Service) Information to consumers and businesses through an automated voice-processing system. Consumer Services Officers also provide advice and information to consumers about their rights and responsibilities in the marketplace. 
 
Mediates written complaints relating to car repairs * acting and modeling schools * home renovations * loan brokers * fitness clubs * collection agencies * paving and lawn care contracts * Internet purchases * monitors the marketplace to identify emerging scams and trends
Hours Mon-Fri 8:30 am-5 pm
Areas Served Ontario
Eligibility No restrictions
Application Complaint form available online
Languages English ; French
Fees None
Service Categories Consumer Education ; Consumer Fraud Reporting ; Government Consumer Protection Agencies
Contact Information
Office Phone 416-326-8800
Toll Free Phone 1-800-889-9768
TTY Phone 416-229-6086 ; 1-877-666-6545
Fax 416-326-8665
E-Mail consumer@ontario.ca
Website www.ontario.ca/consumerprotection
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Other Details
Funding Provincial
Resources Website
Accreditation No

Legal Aid Ontario Client Service Centre

Provides legal aid services to eligible persons. Eligibility is based on financial, and legal factors.

Record #: MET0601 Last Full Update: 13 Dec 2018
Names
Alternate Name CV19 ; LAO ; Ontario Legal Aid
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community Toronto Downtown Central
Address & Map
Atrium on Bay
40 Dundas St W, Suite 200
Toronto, ON M5G 2H1
 
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Intersection Bay St and Dundas St W
Physical Access Wheelchair accessible automatic main entrance - all street entrances except 40 Dundas St ; Easy access to elevator ; Elevator with braille and voice/tone features ; Wheelchair accessible washroom, assistance needed with door ; Designated parking in underground lot - automatic entrance ; Lowered service counter
Description and Services
Description (Service) COVID-19 -- provincial and legal aid offices closed to the public * continue to provide help over the phone * check service updates on www.legalaid.on.ca/news/covid-19-update-on-our-client-services

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Free legal information, advice and other services

Legal Aid Certificates -- reimburses participating lawyers for services rendered on behalf of client * client may have to agree to repay all or part of legal fees * financial assessment required * only granted for serious legal matters such as criminal, family or immigration and refugee law

Duty Counsel -- provides legal representation for low-income people appearing in court without a lawyer * advice and information * criminal, family and tenant cases * mental health duty counsel for persons living in psychiatric facilities

Community Legal Clinics -- nonprofit independent and specialty legal centres funded by Legal Aid Ontario -- see separate entries * legal assistance in areas such as housing law, social assistance and other income support programs * client may be asked to contribute towards disbursements

Family Law Service Centres (FLSC) -- range of legal resources and support for family matters -- see separate entries * located in Toronto Central, Toronto North, Newmarket, Brampton, Chatham and Sarnia * Family Law Information Centres (FLICs) -- advice lawyer * located at certain courts

Refugee Law Office -- legal assistance to refugee claimants and immigrants eligible for legal aid * see separate entry

LawFacts, www.lawfacts.ca -- online legal information
Hours Mon-Fri 8 am-5 pm
Areas Served Ontario
Eligibility Persons with low incomes * see below for specific services available to those accepted for legal certificate
Application Call for information and certificate application -- including summary legal advice for eligible clients
Languages English ; simultaneous interpretation available for 200 languages, including 18 Aboriginal languages and dialects
Service Categories Benefits Screening ~ Legal Issues ; Comprehensive Family Law Services ; Duty Counsel ; General Legal Aid ; Internet Information Resources ~ Legal Issues
Contact Information
Office Phone 416-979-1446
Toll Free Phone Ontario-wide 1-800-668-8258 * free from any pay phone, collect calls accepted
TTY Phone 416-598-8867 * toll-free 1-866-641-8867
Fax 416-979-8669
E-Mail info@lao.on.ca
Website www.legalaid.on.ca
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Reach Canada

Educates and informs persons with disabilities, family members, lawyers and the general public about the rights and interests of persons with disabilities and ensures that quality legal and social

Record #: OCR1591 Last Full Update: 22 Jan 2020
Names
Alternate Name CV19 ; OCR
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community Ottawa
Address & Map
312 Parkdale Ave
Ottawa, ON K1Y 4X5
 
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Intersection Parkdale Ave and Scott St
Bus Route Notes OC Transpo OC Travel Planner or Route Timetable
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Parking Free parking
Description and Services
Description (Service) COVID-19 (May 4, 2020): Reach's Legal Referral program is accepting calls from clients with disabilities in Ottawa and the Champlain region who require legal assistance * referrals made to legal resources will now be in the form of telephone or videoconference meetings * Reach’s Legal Referral team will be working remotely until further notice * response time may be impacted by these new working arrangements

Dedicated to educating and informing persons with disabilities, family members, lawyers and the general public about the rights and interests of persons with disabilities and ensuring that quality legal and social representation are provided

The Centre provides speakers to groups and educational programs * lawyer referral services for people with disabilities through a network of lawyers who volunteer
Hours COVID-19 Mon-Thu 9 am-2 pm
Areas Served Ottawa (City of)
Eligibility Persons with disabilities and family members, lawyers, mediators and the general public * anyone interested in the rights and interests of persons with disabilities
Application Call or visit the website to apply
Languages English ; French ; French lawyers are available
Fees None
Service Categories Disability Associations ; Disability Awareness Programs ; Disability Rights Groups ; Legal Assistance Referral Services ~ Disabilities Issues
Contact Information
Office Phone 613-236-6636
Toll Free Phone 1-888-669-4001
E-Mail reach@reach.ca
Website www.reach.ca
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Other Details
Established 1981
Funding Fundraising ; Donations - Charitable Registration Number: 107889297 RR0001
Elections The Board of Directors is elected.
Resources Website