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Community Legal Services of Ottawa - West Office

Provides free legal help to people of low income, specializing in problems involving landlord & tenant law, social assistance, immigration, employment insurance,  ODSP, Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) & Canada Pension Plan (CPP) issues

Record #: OCR1882 Last Full Update: 10 Mar 2020
Alternate Name CLSO ; CV19 ; OCR
Former Name West End Legal Services of Ottawa
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community Ottawa
Address & Map
1301 Richmond Rd
Ottawa, ON K2B 7Y4
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Intersection Carling Ave and Richmond Rd
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 (24 March 2020): This agency's services are affected by the COVID-19 * please refer to each services for more information * the front doors to CLSO offices will be locked, with a sign posted in English and French: Based on the information about the COVID-19 virus from Public Health authorities, we are currently not meeting with people in person. We are holding meetings by phone. Please call us at 613-596-1641 and we will get back to you as soon as we can. We will provide services as much as possible by telephone, email, video, etc 
Provides free legal help to low-income people 
Specializes in problems involving: social assistance * landlord and tenant law * Canada Pension Plan Disability * Workplace Safety and Insurance Board * public housing * Ontario Works * Ontario Disability Support Program * Immigration law * employment insurance benefits * education on legal matters 
Staff members: Give summary advice * act as advocates / representatives for clients * give talks to community groups * outreach to the community 
Does not deal with criminal cases or family law.
Hours Mon-Wed, Fri 8:30 am-12 noon, 1 pm-4:30 pm * Thu 8:30 am-12 noon
Areas Served Ottawa
Eligibility Low-income individuals
Application Call to make an appointment.
Languages English ; French
Fees Service - Repayment of expenses may be required
Service Categories Community Legal Clinics ; Landlord Rights Information/Counselling ; Legal Counselling ; Legal Information Services ; Subject Specific Public Awareness/Education ~ Legal Issues ; Tenant Rights Information/Counselling
Waiting List No, but may not be able to take on all cases due to the high amount of people requiring assistance.
Contact Information
Office Phone 613-596-1641
Fax 613-596-3364
Social Media Facebook
Primary Contact Vicky Watson, Casework and Administrative Support
Primary Executive Gary Stein, Executive Director
Alternate Executive Caroline Harris-McDonald, Director of Legal Services
Other Details
Established 1982
Funding Provincial - Legal Aid Ontario
Elections The Board of Directors is elected each year at the Annual General Meeting.
Print Material Public legal information * pamphlets
Resources Website
Accreditation No