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Aboriginal Rights in Family Law

Includes legal information on matrimonial property rights for Aboriginal women.

Office of the Children's Lawyer

The Office of the Children's Lawyer represents children under the age of 18 in court cases involving custody and access and child protection, as well as in civil, and estates and trusts cases.

Record #: MET0854 Last Full Update: 11 Dec 2017
Names
Alternate Name MAG ; Ontario. Office of the Children's Lawyer
Former Name Ontario. Ministry of the Attorney General. Official Guardian Branch (1995)
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community Toronto Downtown Central
Address & Map
393 University Ave, 14th Fl
Toronto, ON M5G 1E6
 
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Intersection University Ave and Dundas St W
Physical Access Wheelchair accessible building including main entrance and barrier free washrooms * braille and lowered elevator buttons * designated parking in lot, close to entrance
Description and Services
Description (Service) Personal Rights -- legal representation of children under the Courts of Justice Act in custody/access matters under the Divorce Act and Children's Law Reform Act * legal representation of children and minor parents under the Child and Family Services Act, in child protection proceedings and Consent to Adoption matters * preparation of reports to the court under the Courts of Justice Act in custody/access applications

Property Rights -- represents the child's interest in estate or trust matters * provides civil legal representation for the child when there is no one willing and able to do so
Hours Mon-Fri 8:45 am-5 pm
Areas Served Ontario
Eligibility Children under 18 years in need of protective legal services in relation to personal and property rights * must be in court system already
Application Court referrals only
Languages English ; French
Service Categories Domestic/Family Violence Legal Services ~ Youth ; Guardians ad Litem ~ Youth ; Legal Representation ~ Youth
Contact Information
Office Phone 416-314-8000
Fax 416-314-8050
Website www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/family/ocl/
Primary Executive Marian Jacko, Children's Lawyer for Ontario

Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto

The ALS mission statement is to strengthen the capacity of the Aboriginal community and its citizens to deals with justice issues and provide Aboriginal controlled and culturally based justice alte

Record #: MET1376 Last Full Update: 19 Sep 2018
Names
Alternate Name Aboriginal Court Worker Program ; ALS ; Community Council Program ; Giiwedin Anang Council ; Gladue (Aboriginal Persons) Courts ; Toronto Aboriginal Legal Services
Former Name Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto (2018)
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community Toronto Downtown Central
Address & Map
211 Yonge St, Suite 500
Toronto, ON M5B 1M4
 
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Intersection Yonge St and Queen St E
Physical Access Wheelchair accessible automatic main entrance ; Wheelchair accessible building including barrier free washroom
Description and Services
Description (Service) Community Legal Clinic 416-408-4041, fax 416-408-1568 * deals primarily with landlord and tenant issues, Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Plan (ODSP), Canada Pension Plan Disability (CPPD), human rights, police complaints, criminal injuries compensation, poverty law, Indian Act * no criminal or family law * may provide representation * referrals to lawyers in private practice where appropriate * law reform and public legal education activities * funded by Legal Aid Ontario

Aboriginal Court Worker Program -- support to those appearing in court * assistance in finding lawyers and contacting family members * referrals * available at all criminal courts in Toronto

Community Council Program -- criminal diversion program for young and adult Aboriginal offenders charged with a wide variety of offences * substitutes court appearance with an appearance before community members, with a disposition focusing on culture, tradition and healing

Gladue (Aboriginal Persons) Courts -- support available at Old City Hall, College Park and 1000 Finch Ave W courts

Giiwedin Anang Council -- Aboriginal alternative dispute resolution for families involved in the child welfare system * family counselling delivered by community Elders and members focus on traditional teachings and Talking Circles
Hours Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm * Community Legal Clinic intake -- Mon, Wed, Fri 10 am-3 pm * other times by appointment
Areas Served Ontario
Eligibility For Aboriginal people (status or non-status), Métis and Inuit
Languages English ; translation and interpretation may be arranged for First Nation languages
Fees None
Service Categories Adult Diversion ~ Indigenous Communities ; Community Legal Clinics ; Court Orientation Programs ~ Indigenous Communities ~ Offenders ; General Legal Aid ~ Indigenous Communities ; Indigenous Courts ; Indigenous Law ; Legal Assistance Referral Services ~ Indigenous Communities ; Legal Counselling ~ Indigenous Communities ; Legal Information Services ~ Indigenous Peoples Issues ; Legal Representation ~ Indigenous Communities ; Legislative Advocacy ~ Indigenous Peoples Issues
Contact Information
Office Phone 416-408-3967 or 416-408-4041
Toll Free Phone 1-844-633-2886
Fax 416-408-1568
E-Mail info@aboriginallegal.ca
Website www.aboriginallegal.ca
Primary Contact Edith Moore, Senior Manager of Human Resources and Administration; Phone: 416-408-4041 ext 278
Primary Executive Jonathan Rudin, Program Director; Phone: 416-408-3967 ext 226
Alternate Executive Christa Big Canoe, Director of Legal Advocacy; Phone: 416-408-3967 ext 225

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/
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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

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.

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

Family Law Information Centre

Provides the public with easy access to user-friendly information about family law.

Record #: OCR0622 Last Full Update: 20 Feb 2018
Names
Alternate Name FLIC ; KW Mediation
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community Ottawa
Address & Map
Ottawa Court House
161 Elgin St, 2nd Flr
Ottawa, ON K2P 2K1
 
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Intersection Elgin Ave and Laurier Ave
Bus Route Notes OC Transpo OC Travel Planner or Route Timetable
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Parking Pay parking lot * parking meters
Description and Services
Description (Service) Resource centre that provides the public with information and education to help them deal with family law issues 
 
Information about legal services, the court process and court forms * Advice Lawyer from Legal Aid Ontario available at designated times * Information and Referral services to alternative dispute resolution options, community resources and family meditation services * information about and scheduling for the Mandatory Information Program
Hours Mon-Fri 9 am-4 pm
Areas Served Ottawa (City of)
Eligibility Low income individuals concerned with family law matters * procedural information and form filling assistance: no restrictions
Application Drop-in
Languages English ; French
Fees None
Service Categories Alternative Dispute Resolution ~ Divorce/Custody/Support Issues ; Comprehensive Family Law Services ; Legal Information Services ~ Divorce/Custody/Support Issues ; Parent Support Groups ~ Divorced/Divorcing Persons ; Special Libraries ~ Divorce/Custody/Support Issues
Contact Information
Office Phone 613-239-1406
E-Mail kwmediation@gmail.com
Website www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca
Other Details
Funding Provincial
Print Material Brochures * publication called "What You Should Know About Family Law in Ontario"
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 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) 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: 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
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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