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Refugees

Includes information on applying to be recognized by Canada as a refugee.

Some indicators of legal issues

What the clients may say:

  • "I’m afraid I’ll be persecuted for my religious beliefs if I return to my home country."
  • "I was raped in my home country and the police didn’t help me."
  • "I was persecuted in my home country because of my race."
  • "I have a same-sex partner and I’m afraid to go back to my home country because of a new law criminalizing homosexuality."
  • "I am a journalist and was threatened in my home country because of my political opinions."
  • "My business was attacked because I am from an ethnic minority group."
  • "I need extra support during my refugee hearing because of my mental disability."
  • "I am a child making a refugee claim by myself, so I need extra support during my refugee hearing."

Legal Services and Information

Records for Refugees
Title Description
Ontario Legal Information Centre COVID-19 (May 7, 2020): Centre will no longer offer its services in person for the time being * legal information services remain available by telephone…
Canada. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada Governmental information centre the Client Support Centre can answer questions about immigration, refugees and citizenship services and programs, and on status of an application in…
Community Legal Services of Ottawa COVID-19 (8 October 2021): please refer to each program-at-site for more information * the front doors to CLSO offices will be locked, with a sign…
Vanier Community Service Centre - Clinique juridique francophone d'Ottawa Legal services for low-income francophones living in Ottawa in different areas of law such as: Immigration Housing (problems between tenants and landlords only) Ontario Disability…
Vanier Community Service Centre - Ligne d'information juridique Provides summary legal advice in the following areas: Immigration law Family Law Housing law (tenant representation only) Labour Law - Employment Standards Employment Insurance Ontario…
Reach Canada - Equality and Justice for People With Disabilities - Reach Canada - Equality and Justice for People With Disabilities COVID-19 (July 12, 2021): Reach's Legal Referral program is accepting calls from clients with disabilities in Ottawa and the Champlain region who require legal assistance. Referrals…
Community Legal Services of Ottawa COVID-19 (8 October 2021): please refer to each program-at-site for more information * the front doors to CLSO offices will be locked, with a sign…
Community Legal Services of Ottawa COVID-19 (8 October 2021): please refer to each program-at-site for more information * the front doors to CLSO offices will be locked, with a sign…
Canada. Border Services Agency Provides commercial and passenger services customs office classified as non direct point of entry providing a full range of customs services to the general public…
JusticeNet 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…

Social Services and Information

Ottawa Social Services