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Criminal injuries compensation

Information on compensation available for victims of violent crimes.

What the clients may say:
  • "I was assaulted and had to go to the hospital. I then had to take time off from work to recover."
  • "I am taking care of a crime victim and have had to pay for expenses resulting from his/her injuries."

Criminal Injuries Compensation Board

Administers Compensation for Victims of Crime Act.  Payments may be awarded for pain and suffering, lost pay due to inability to work, loss of support for dependants as a result of the victim'

Record #: MET0325 Last Full Update: 18 Dec 2018
Names
Alternate Name CICB ; Ontario. Ministry of the Attorney General. Criminal Injuries Compensation Board
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community Toronto Downtown Central
Address & Map
655 Bay St, 14th Fl
Toronto, ON M7A 1E5
 
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Intersection Bay St and Dundas St W
Physical Access Wheelchair accessible automatic main entrance ; Easy access to elevator ; Elevator with braille and voice/tone features ; Barrier-free washroom including door and stall
Description and Services
Description (Service) Administers Compensation for Victims of Crime Act * payments may be awarded for pain and suffering, lost pay due to inability to work, loss of support for dependants as a result of the victim's death, support of a child born as a result of rape, medical expenses, funeral expenses, other related costs * part of Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General

For applications not yet decided by the Board, maximum single payment amount has been increased to $30,000 from $25,000 and pain and suffering award has been capped at $5,000
Hours Mon-Fri 8:30 am-5 pm
Areas Served Ontario
Boundaries Ontario
Eligibility Victims of crimes of violence occurring in Ontario that result in personal injury or death * crime must be an offence under the Canadian Criminal Code * any offence involving a motor vehicle is excluded, unless the vehicle was used as a weapon of assault
Application Apply within two years of crime, whether or not assailant has been apprehended or convicted * two year limitation does not apply for domestic or sexual violence crimes * extension possible in some circumstances * call, write or visit website for application form

Criminal Injuries Compensation Board will continue to process applications and hear cases until a cut-off date for new applications comes into effect, date to be determined
Languages English ; French ; interpreters or translators for other languages available for scheduled hearings, including American Sign Language interpreters * telephone interpretation in other languages
Service Categories Crime Victim Compensation
Contact Information
Office Phone 416-326-2900
Toll Free Phone 1-800-372-7463
TTY Phone Bell Relay Service 1-800-855-0511
Fax 416-326-2883; 1-844-249-1619
Website www.sjto.ca/cicb

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: 23 May 2018
Names
Alternate Name Centre d'information juridique d'Ottawa ; Community Legal Centre ; Legal Clinic ; Legal Information & Referral Services ; 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) 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 * offers access to a computer  
 
The Centre does not provide legal advice or legal assistance
Hours Mon 1 pm-4 pm * Tue-Thu 9 am-12 noon, 1 pm-4 pm * Wed 5 pm-7 pm, by appointment only * 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/
Social Media Facebook Twitter
Primary Contact Mrs Jocelyne Grzela, Administration and Reception, Association of French Speaking Jurists of Ontario; Phone: 613-842-7462 ext 221; Email: jgrzela@ajefo.ca
Primary Executive Miss Alexandra Waite, Assistant Executive Director, Association of French Speaking Jurists of Ontario; Phone: 613-842-7462 ext 227; Email: awaite@ajefo.ca
Other Details
Funding Federal - Department of Justice
Print Material Pamphlets * promotional leaflets * posters
Resources Website * access to a computer and Internet * 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: 02 Aug 2018
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-3 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
Other Details
Funding Fees
Resources Website

HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO)

Provides free legal services to people in Ontario who are living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.

Record #: MET3562 Last Full Update: 14 Mar 2019
Names
Alternate Name HALCO ; HIV and AIDs Legal Clinic ; Ontario AIDS Legal Clinic ; Ontario HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic
Legal Name HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community Toronto Downtown Central
Address & Map
55 University Ave, Suite 1400
Toronto, ON M5J 2H7
 
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Intersection University Ave and King St W
Physical Access Wheelchair accessible automatic main and office entrances; Elevator accessible with tactile buttons; Accessible all gender washroom
Description and Services
Description (Service) Community legal clinic * advice, representation, referrals, advocacy * areas of law include privacy, social assistance, immigration, housing/tenant, pensions, Employment Insurance (EI), private insurance benefits, health, criminal, prison (HIV-related), human rights, substitute decision making and powers of attorney * community legal education speakers and publications * law reform and test case litigation * funded by Legal Aid Ontario, AIDS Bureau (Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care), foundations and donors * also known as HALCO
Hours Office -- Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm * Intake -- Mon, Wed, Fri 9 am-5 pm
Areas Served Ontario
Boundaries Ontario
Eligibility Persons living with HIV/AIDS in Ontario * case and financial eligibility criteria may apply for legal representation
Application Call, drop in, email or write
Languages English ; interpreters for other languages, including phone interpretation
Fees None
Service Categories Community Legal Clinics ; General Legal Aid ~ AIDS/HIV ; Individual Advocacy ~ AIDS/HIV ; Judicial Advocacy ~ AIDS/HIV Issues ; Legal Counselling ~ AIDS/HIV ; Legal Information Services ~ AIDS/HIV Issues ; Legal Representation ~ AIDS/HIV ; Legislative Advocacy ~ AIDS/HIV Issues
Contact Information
Office Phone 416-340-7790
Toll Free Phone 1-888-705-8889
Fax 416-340-7248
E-Mail talklaw@halco.org
Website www.halco.org

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.

Ottawa Victim Services

Provides support for individuals who have been victimized as a result of crime or tragic circumstance, via telephone, on-scene and in their victim services office.

Record #: OCR0430 Last Full Update: 23 May 2019
Names
Alternate Name HT1 ; HT2 ; Support Link ; SupportLink ; VCAO ; VCARS ; Victim Crisis Assistance and Referral Services ; Victim Quick Response Program ; VQRP
Former Name Services aux victimes d'Ottawa-Carleton (SAVOC)
Legal Name Ottawa Victim Services-Services aux Victimes d'Ottawa
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community Ottawa
Address & Map
City Centre
250 City Centre Ave, Suite 600
Ottawa, ON K1R 6K7
 
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Intersection City Centre Ave and Albert St
Bus Route Notes OC Transpo OC Travel Planner or Route Timetable
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Parking Free parking
Description and Services
Description (Service) On-site early intervention and crisis intervention * safety planning * referrals to community services * enhanced support for vulnerable victims * assistance with applications to VQRP

Victim Quick Response Program (VQRP) -- immediate assistance with emergency expenses related to the incident, including emergency home safety, accommodation, meals, transportation, dependent care costs, counselling, cellular phones, vision care, crime scene cleanup, and funeral expenses * additional assistance for victims of human trafficking include replacement of government documents, storage locker, dental, tattoo removal, and treatment at a recovery facility * no direct reimbursement to victims

Small list of the qualifications for a 911 cell phone: the individual does not already own a cell phone * the individual is not living with the accused * the individual is willing to have ongoing contact with the Supportlink Coordinator * all individuals qualify for safety planning, regardless of their ability to meet the criteria for a 911 cell phone
Hours Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4 pm
Areas Served Ottawa (City of)
Eligibility Ages: 16 year(s) and up 
 
Victims of crime and tragic circumstances * VQRP -- victims of violent crime who have no other financial resources
Application Referral by police, emergency services, community agency or self referral
Languages English ; French ; Interpretive Services
Fees None
Service Categories Crime Victim Compensation ; Crime Victim Compensation ~ Victims of Human Trafficking ; General Crime Victim Assistance ; In Person Crisis Intervention ~ Crime Victims ; In Person Crisis Intervention ~ Traffic Accident Victims ; In Person Crisis Intervention ~ Workplace Accident Victims ; Mobile Devices ~ Crime Victims ; Specialized Information and Referral ~ Crime Victims ; Specialized Information and Referral ~ Traffic Accident Victims ; Specialized Information and Referral ~ Workplace Accident Victims ; Spouse/Intimate Partner Abuse Prevention ; Victim's Rights Groups
Waiting List No
Contact Information
Office Phone 613-238-2762
Fax 613-238-0735
E-Mail info@ovs-svo.com
Website www.ovs-svo.com
Social Media Facebook Twitter
Primary Contact Melissa Heimerl, Executive Director; Phone: 613-238-2762 ext 222; Email: executivedirector@ovs-svo.com
Alternate Contact Breanna Pizzuto, Program Coordinator, VCARS; Phone: 613-238-2762 ext 226; Email: vcars@ovs-svo.com
Other Details
Established 1998
Funding Provincial - Ministry of the Attorney General ; Donations - Charitable Registration Number: 884823428 RR0001
Elections The Board of Directors is elected.
Resources Website
Accreditation No

University of Ottawa Community Legal Clinic

  • Provides legal advice & representation to low-income persons regarding tenant's rights, criminal charges, small claims court matters, custody and access issues, child support, and peace bo
Record #: OCR1041 Last Full Update: 01 Nov 2018
Names
Alternate Name SLASS (Student Legal Aid) ; Student Legal Aid Services Society
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community Ottawa
Address & Map
17 Copernicus St
Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5
 
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Intersection King Edward Ave and Laurier Ave E
Bus Route Notes OC Transpo OC Travel Planner or Route Timetable
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Parking Pay parking lots * parking meters * daily parking passes * free occasional parking on the street
Description and Services
Description (Service) Student Legal Aid Services Society clinic * staffed by students and supervised by lawyers * provides legal services to low-income members of the community. 
 
Provides legal advice and representation on: Family law (including custody, access, support, restraining orders) * Tenant law (including repairs, rent deposits, Small Claims Court, evictions) * Criminal charges (including drug offences, theft, assault, mischief, some provincial offences) * Serious matters under the Highway Traffic Act and Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act  
 
Assists victims of crime with applications to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board 
 
Conducts legal education presentations, participates in a variety of outreach activities for students and many community organizations.
Hours Administration Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm * drop-in hours (Cancelled until Feb 28 2019, usually Mon, Wed 7 pm-9 pm) * Thu 2 pm-4 pm * closed for exams and training, please call for details
Areas Served Ottawa
Eligibility Recipients of social assistance, low-income citizens and full-time undergraduate students of University of Ottawa and Carleton University whose problems fall within the areas of the clinic's jurisdiction and Legal Aid Ontario.
Application Apply in person
Languages English ; French ; Interpretive Services
Fees None
Service Categories Community Legal Clinics ; Domestic/Family Violence Legal Services ; Legal Counselling ; Legal Counselling ~ Abused Women ; Legal Counselling ~ AIDS/HIV ; Legal Counselling ~ College/University Students ; Legal Counselling ~ Indigenous Communities ; Legal Counselling ~ Sexually Abused Adults ; Legal Counselling ~ Women ; Legal Information Services ; Tenant Rights Information/Counselling
Contact Information
Office Phone 613-562-5600
Fax 613-562-5602
Website commonlaw.uottawa.ca/community-legal-clinic/
Primary Executive Louise Toone, Director; Email: louise.toone@uottawa.ca
Other Details
Established 1848
Funding Provincial - Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities * Legal Aid Ontario ; Donations - Charitable Registration Number: 119278877 RR0001 ; Fees ; University of Ottawa
Elections The Board of Governors is appointed.
Print Material Written material on legal issues * landlord-tenant rights * consumer protection * small claims * lecture series
Resources Website
Accreditation Yes, by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development

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: 13 Dec 2018
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community Ottawa
Address & Map
554 King Edward Bay
Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5
 
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Intersection King Edward Ave and Laurier Ave E
Bus Route Notes OC Transpo OC Travel Planner or Route Timetable
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Parking Parking meters * pay parking lot
Description and Services
Description (Service) 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 Mon-Thu 9 am-4:30 pm, Fri 9 am-3 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
Social Media Facebook Twitter
Other Details
Established 1981
Funding Fundraising ; Donations - Charitable Registration Number: 107889297 RR0001
Elections The Board of Directors is elected.
Resources Website