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Parental, pregnancy, and other leaves

Includes parental, pregnancy, emergency, and family medical leaves.

What the clients may say:
  • "I went back to work after my parental leave and was given a different job with a lower salary."
  • "My employer told me that if I take parental leave it will affect my seniority."
  • "My employer said I can’t receive extended health benefits when I’m on parental leave."
  • "My employer’s insurance won’t cover me because I have HIV."

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
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 Lines ; Legal Issues Education/Information ; 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
Resources 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, Ste 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: 08 Mar 2018
Names
Alternate Name HALCO ; HIV and AIDs Legal Clinic ; Ontario AIDS Legal Clinic ; Ontario HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic
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 Issues Education/Information ~ 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

Workers' Action Centre

Provides information and advice to people in low-wage and unstable employment.

Record #: MET5491 Last Full Update: 31 Aug 2018
Names
Alternate Name Workers Action Centre ; Worker's Action Centre
Former Name Toronto Organizing for Fair Employment (TOFFE) (2005) ; Workers' Information Centre (WIC) (2005)
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community Toronto Downtown Central
Address & Map
720 Spadina Ave, Suite 223
Toronto, ON M5S 2T9
 
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Intersection Spadina Ave and Bloor St W
Physical Access Wheelchair accessible automatic main entrance -- call for details
Description and Services
Description (Service) Workers rights education * information and referral on work-related issues such as employment law, human rights, harassment, Employment Insurance (EI), workers' compensation, health and safety legislation * information and drop-in sessions for workers wanting in-depth information on asserting their rights and protecting themselves at work * strategies and support regarding unpaid wages, vacation pay and holiday pay * referrals
Hours Mon 10 am-5 pm, Tue 12 noon-7 pm, Wed-Thu 12 noon-5 pm, closed Fridays
Areas Served Ontario
Boundaries Ontario
Eligibility Open to all * particular focus on immigrant and visible minority workers with low incomes and unstable employment
Application Call for appointment
Languages English ; French ; Chinese (Mandarin) ; Spanish ; Tamil ; interpreters available for other languages (may be longer response time)
Fees None
Service Categories Employment Related Advocacy Groups ; Legal Issues Education/Information ~ Labour Issues ; Specialized Information and Referral ~ Labour Issues
Contact Information
Office Phone 416-531-0778
Toll Free Phone 1-855-531-0778
Fax 416-533-0107
E-Mail info@workersactioncentre.org
Website www.workersactioncentre.org
Primary Executive Brenda Campbell, Administrative Coordinator; Email: brenda@workersactioncentre.org
Alternate Executive Deena Ladd, Coordinator; Email: deena@workersactioncentre.org
Other Details
Funding United Way

Toronto Worker's Health & Safety Clinic

Provides free information, legal advice and representation to low income  workers who face health and safety problems at work

External service: http://www.workers-safety.ca/

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.

Ministry of Labour - Employment Standards Office

Enforces the Employment Standards Act, provides information and education, investigates possible violations, and resolves complaints.

Record #: MET0845 Last Full Update: 06 Sep 2018
Names
Alternate Name Ontario. Employment Practices Branch ; Ontario. Employment Standards Program
Former Name Ontario. Ministry of Labour. Employment Standards Branch
Notes
Public Comments NO WALK-IN SERVICE
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community Toronto Downtown Central
Address & Map
400 University Ave, 9th Fl
Toronto, ON M7A 1T7
 
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Intersection University Ave and Dundas St W
Physical Access Not applicable - no walk-in service
Description and Services
Description (Service) Sets out the rights and responsibilities of employees and employers in Ontario workplaces

Administers and enforces the Employment Standards Act, 2000

Provides for minimum terms and conditions of employment * sets out maximum number of hours that can be worked in a day or week, minimum daily, weekly or biweekly rest periods, and rules for overtime pay

Establishes minimum wage -- general rate $14 per hour ($15 as of January 1, 2019), students under 18 years $13.15 per hour ($14.10 as of January 1, 2019), liquor servers $12.20 per hour ($13.05 as of January 1, 2019) * establishes vacation pay and paid public holidays -- New Year's Day, Family Day, Good Friday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, Boxing Day

Requires equal pay for equal work * prohibits discrimination on bases such as sex, age or marital status in employer-provided benefit plans * establishes entitlement to various categories of leave such as sick leave, caregiver leave, or personal emergency leave * 10 days unpaid emergency leave per year * forbids lie detector testing * obliges employers to provide notice of termination or pay in lieu * obliges employers to provide severance pay to terminated employees when applicable * permits retail store workers to refuse work on Sunday and public holidays under particular circumstances * protects the rights of domestic workers and homeworkers

It's Your Job, www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/atwork/youngworkers -- information on employment standards and occupational health and safety for workers under 25 years and new workers
Hours Mon-Fri 8:30 am-5 pm
Areas Served Ontario
Boundaries Ontario
Eligibility Employees or employers
Application No walk-in service * call for information * online information or claim filing at www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/es/forms/claim
Languages English ; French ; other languages may be available
Service Categories Labour Standards and Practices ; Occupational Health and Safety ~ Adolescents ; Occupational Health and Safety ~ Young Adults ; Provincial/Territorial Government Departments ~ Labour Issues
Contact Information
Office Phone General Inquiry 416-326-2450 ; Employment Standards Call Centre 416-326-7160
Toll Free Phone Employment Standards Call Centre 1-800-531-5551
TTY Phone Employment Standards Call Centre 1-866-567-8893
Fax 416-326-7061
Website www.labour.gov.on.ca
Primary Executive Joe Boeswald, Director of Employment Standards (Acting)

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: 27 Jul 2017
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 1-800-465-8898
After Hours Phone Answering service
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