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Workplace safety

Includes information on workplace safety and workers' rights to refuse unsafe work.

What the clients may say:
  • "My employer doesn’t give me appropriate protective clothing to wear at work."
  • "I refused to do unsafe work so my boss cut my hours."
  • "I reported that my co-worker’s partner has been showing up at work and threatening my co-worker. Nothing has been done and I’m worried for our safety."

College of Optometrists of Ontario

The College of Optometrists of Ontario is the Licensing, Certification and Regulatory board of the Optometry and Eye Care profession in Ontario, including handling complaints.  "Find

Record #: ONT00029 Last Full Update: 17 Jul 2017
Location & Accessibility
Site Location Toronto (Old Toronto)
Located In Community Toronto Downtown North
Address & Map
65 St Clair Ave E, Suite 900
Toronto, ON M4T 2Y3
 
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Intersection Yonge St and St Clair Ave E
Description and Services
Description (Service) Regulates the optometry profession in Ontario * handles complaints * website has "Find an Optometrist" section
Areas Served Ontario
Boundaries Ontario
Eligibility General public for information * members are optometrists
Application Call or visit
Languages English
Fees membership fees for professionals
Service Categories Eye Care Referrals ; Medical Associations ~ Eye Care Personnel ; Occupational/Professional Licensing and Certification ~ Eye Care Personnel ; Optometrist Complaints
Contact Information
Office Phone 416-962-4071
Toll Free Phone 1-888-825-2554
Fax 416-962-4073
E-Mail info@collegeoptom.on.ca
Website www.collegeoptom.on.ca
Primary Executive Paula Garshowitz, Registrar; Email: PGarshowitz@collegeoptom.on.ca
Other Details
Funding Private

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-5 pm * Tue-Thu 9 am-12 noon, 1 pm-5 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: 17 May 2017
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
Dates Closed on all statutory holidays
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

Toronto Workers Health and Safety Legal Clinic

Record #: MET1258 Last Full Update: 12 Apr 2017
Names
Alternate Name Health and Safety Legal Clinic ; WHSLC
Former Name Toronto Workers Health and Safety Legal Clinic (2016)
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community Toronto Downtown Central
Address & Map
180 Dundas St W, Suite 2000
Toronto, ON M5G 1Z8
 
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Intersection University Ave and Dundas St W
Mailing Address Box 4 
180 Dundas St W 
Toronto, ON M5G 1Z8
Physical Access Wheelchair accessible automatic main entrance ; Elevator with braille and voice/tone features ; Barrier-free washroom including door and stall ; Designated underground parking and street parking close to entrance
Description and Services
Description (Service) Community legal clinic * advice and representation * advocacy * research and consultation for individuals * community education * law reform * referrals to union organizers * outreach, particularly to small workplaces with immigrant workforces * funded by Legal Aid Ontario
Hours Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm * after hours -- by appointment
Areas Served Ontario
Eligibility Nonunionized workers wrongfully dismissed due to complaints about occupational health and safety problems and/or employment standards issues * some financial eligibility guidelines apply
Application Call for appointment
Languages English ; Italian ; interpreters arranged for other languages
Fees None
Service Categories Community Legal Clinics ; Labour and Employment Law ; Legal Counselling ~ Labour Issues ; Legal Issues Education/Information ~ Labour Issues ; Legal Representation ~ Labour Issues ; Legislative Advocacy ~ Labour Issues ; Occupational Health and Safety ; Outreach Programs ~ Labour Issues
Contact Information
Office Phone 416-971-8832
Toll Free Phone 1-877-832-6090
Fax 416-971-8834
E-Mail workclinic@lao.on.ca
Website www.workers-safety.ca
Primary Contact Eugenia Lui, Administrative Assistant/Law Clerk; Phone: 416-971-8832 ext 206; Email: luie@lao.on.ca
Primary Executive Linda Vannucci, Executive Director; Phone: 416-971-8832 ext 205; Email: vannucl@lao.on.ca

Injured Workers' Consultants

Legal clinic strives to involve injured workers in the struggle for justice and in all aspects of the clinic's work: casework, public education, law reform and organizing.

Industrial Accident Victims' Group of Ontario (IAVGO)

A legal aid clinic that provides free information, advice and representation to injured workers.

Record #: MET0528 Last Full Update: 30 May 2017
Names
Alternate Name Ontario Industrial Accident Victims Group
Former Name Industrial Accident Victims Group of Ontario (2013)
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community Toronto Downtown Central
Address & Map
55 University Ave, 15th Fl
Toronto, ON M5J 2H7
 
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Intersection University Ave and King St W
Physical Access Wheelchair accessible automatic main entrance ; Dedicated accessible washroom with all features ; Elevator with braille features
Description and Services
Description (Service) Community legal clinic * representation through all levels of Workplace Safety and Insurance Board * case consultation and training for other agencies * funded by Legal Aid Ontario
Hours Mon, Wed-Fri 8:30 am-1 pm, 2 pm-4:30 pm; Tue 8:30 am-1 pm
Areas Served Ontario
Boundaries Ontario
Eligibility Injured workers who meet financial eligibility guidelines
Application Call for appointment
Languages English ; Italian ; Spanish
Fees None
Service Categories Community Legal Clinics ; Legal Counselling ~ Workplace Accident Victims ; Legal Issues Education/Information ~ Labour Issues ; Legal Representation ~ Workplace Accident Victims ; Workers Compensation Benefits Assistance
Contact Information
Office Phone 416-924-6477
Toll Free Phone 1-877-230-6311
Fax 416-924-2472
E-Mail m_dinucci@lao.on.ca
Website www.iavgo.org
Primary Contact Maria Di Nucci, Office Coordinator

Workers' Action Centre

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

Record #: MET5491 Last Full Update: 16 May 2017
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-Wed 11 am-3 pm, Thu 1 pm-3 pm
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
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.

Record #: OCR2171 Last Full Update: 16 Mar 2018
Names
Alternate Name Lawyer Referral Service ; LRS ; LSO ; The Law Society of Upper Canada
Former Name LSUC ; The Law Society of Upper Canada
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community Toronto Downtown
Address & Map
Osgoode Hall
130 Queen St W
Toronto, ON M5H 2N6
 
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Intersection University Ave and Queen St W
Physical Access Not Applicable - online service
Parking Pay parking lot
Description and Services
Description (Service) Online service for referrals to lawyers or paralegals who will provide a free, up to 30 minute consultation either by phone or in person. * Individuals may request a referral online at www.findlegalhelp.ca * Individuals can request to be referred to a lawyer or paralegal who speaks languages other than English or French, or a lawyer who accepts legal aid certificates.
Hours Crisis Line Only Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm
Areas Served Ontario
Eligibility Ages: 18 year(s) and up 
 
Individuals 18 years and older
Application Self service online * the crisis line is intended for people who are unable to use the online services, such as those in custody, in a shelter, or in a remote community without access to the internet
Languages English ; French
Fees None
Service Categories Legal Assistance Referral Services
Contact Information
Office Phone Crisis Line 416-947-5255
Toll Free Phone Crisis Line 1-855-947-5255
TTY Phone 416-644-4886
Fax 416-947-3964
E-Mail lsrs@lsuc.on.ca
Website www.lsrs.info
Other Details
Funding Donations - Charitable Registration Number: 119241719 RR0001
Resources Website
Accreditation No

Workers Health and Safety Legal 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/