Legal Resources

Listed below are some resources and services in Ontario. You can also find information at places like your local library, community health clinic, settlement organization, community centre, Indigenous friendship centre and courthouse.

The sites and services listed below do not provide emergency services. If you have an emergency where people or property are at immediate risk, you may need to dial 9-1-1.

Please note

None of the information provided on this website or through this website is legal advice and should not be relied upon as such.

Helping You Understand Ontario's Legal System

You may have general questions about Ontario's legal system and its processes, such as finding out what a legal term means, how to complete a court form, directions to a courthouse or what to expect inside a court.  The Ministry of the Attorney General offers information about Ontario's legal system, the court process, self-help guides and a legal glossary through its website and Justice Ontario.  Justice Ontario offers information in 170 languages.  Links to these sites can be found in the General Resources section.  

To use this page, click on a heading below to expand that section.

General Resources

Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto: A resource of legal service available in Toronto to those of aboriginal descent

http://www.aboriginallegal.ca/

Association des juristes d'expression française de l'Ontario (lawyers only)
http://ajefo.ca/

Community Legal Clinics Ontario: A Directory of Community Legal Clinics in Ontario
http://www.cleo.on.ca/en/publications/ontario

Difference between a lawyer and a paralegal
www.lsuc.on.ca/lawyer-or-paralegal

Hamilton Law Association: Find a Lawyer in Hamilton
http://www.hamiltonlaw.on.ca/Find-A-Lawyer

Human Rights Legal Support Centre (HRLSC): Helps individuals who have experienced discrimination
www.hrlsc.on.ca

Is Your Legal Bill - Too High? The Law Society does not set fees for legal services and cannot reduce a lawyer's or paralegal's bill that you think is too high. However, there are certain steps that you can take to address any concerns you may have about your legal bill.
http://www.lsuc.on.ca/with.aspx?id=640

Justice Net: A service helping people in need of legal expertise, whose income is too high to receive legal aid and too low to afford standard legal fees
http://www.justicenet.ca/professions

Justice Ontario: A useful resource on Ontario Law
http://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/

The Law Society Referral Service: The Law Society Referral Service is a public service of the Law Society that helps people find a lawyer or paralegal. When you use the LSRS, we will provide you with the name of a lawyer or paralegal who will provide a free consultation of up to 30 minutes to help you determine your rights and options.
http://www.lawsocietyreferralservice.ca/

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO): Legal Aid Ontario gives low-income people access to a range of legal services tailored to meet their legal needs
www.legalaid.on.ca

Legal Aid Ontario's Lawyer Directory: Lists lawyers who accept legal aid certificates
www.legalaid.on.ca/en/getting/findingalawyer.asp

Legal Line offers multilingual legal information on its website.
http://legalline.ca/

The Ministry of the Attorney General's website has electronic court forms available to assist you with Family, Civil and Small Claims Court proceedings in Ontario.
http://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/forms/

Ontario Ombudsman: Investigates complaints against provincial government organizations
https://ombudsman.on.ca/Home.aspx 

Steps to Justice: Step-by-step information about the laws of Ontario
http://stepstojustice.ca/

Your Law: Ontario Law Simplified
www.lsuc.on.ca/yourlaw/

Your Legal Rights Legal Services Map: Lets you search for legal and social services throughout Ontario
www.yourlegalrights.on.ca/find-services

 

Government Resources

211 Ontario: Information on community and social services in Ontario
www.211ontario.ca

211 Toronto: Information on community and social services in Toronto
http://www.211toronto.ca/

311 Toronto: Roads, waste collection, bins, graffiti and litter, water, trees, winter issues, and property issues
http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=86d3ba2ae8b1e310VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD&appInstanceName=default

e-Laws: Official copies of Ontario's statutes and regulations
https://www.ontario.ca/laws

Government of Canada
http://www.canada.ca/

Justice Ontario: A useful resource on Ontario Law
http://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/

Service Canada: Information on Government of Canada services and benefits
http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/home.shtml

Service Ontario: Information on Ontario services and benefits (driver's licence, health card, vehicle registration, fishing licence, hunting licence)
https://www.ontario.ca/serviceontario

Your Legal Rights Legal Services Map: Lets you search for legal and social services throughout Ontario
www.yourlegalrights.on.ca/find-services

 

Boards and Tribunals

Assessment Review Board
https://www.arb.gov.on.ca/

Conservation Review Board
http://www.crb.gov.on.ca/

Criminal Injuries Compensation Board
http://www.cicb.gov.on.ca/

Environmental Review Tribunal
http://www.ert.gov.on.ca/

Financial Services Commission of Ontario (for Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule claims, excluding catastrophic injury) 
http://www.fsco.gov.on.ca/

Human Rights Tribunal (part of Social Justice Tribunals Ontario)
http://www.sjto.gov.on.ca/index.php/en/hrto/

Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
http://www.irb-cisr.gc.ca/eng/Pages/index.aspx

Landlord and Tenant Board - representing Landlord (part of Social Justice Tribunals Ontario)
http://www.ltb.gov.on.ca/en/STEL02_111286.html

Landlord and Tenant Board - representing Tenant (part of Social Justice Tribunals Ontario)
http://www.ltb.gov.on.ca/en/STEL02_111281.html

Ontario Civilian Police Commission (part of Safety, Licensing Appeals and Standards Tribunals Ontario)
http://www.slasto.gov.on.ca/en/opb/Pages/default.aspx

Ontario Energy Board
http://www.ontarioenergyboard.ca/

Ontario Labour Relations Board
http://www.olrb.gov.on.ca/

Ontario Municipal Board
https://www.omb.gov.on.ca/

Ontario Parole Board (part of Safety, Licensing Appeals and Standards Tribunals Ontario)
http://www.slasto.gov.on.ca/en/opb/Pages/default.aspx

Parole Board of Canada 
https://www.canada.ca/en/parole-board.html

Pay Equity Hearings Tribunal
http://www.olrb.gov.on.ca/pec/peht/

Safety, Licensing Appeals and Standards Tribunals Ontario – Animal Care Review Board
http://www.slasto.gov.on.ca/en/Pages/Animal-Care-Review-Board.aspx

Safety, Licensing Appeals and Standards Tribunals Ontario – Fire Safety Commission
http://www.slasto.gov.on.ca/en/Pages/Fire-Safety-Commission.aspx

Safety, Licensing Appeals and Standards Tribunals Ontario – Licence Appeal Tribunal
http://www.sse.gov.on.ca/lat/english/Pages/default.aspx

Social Justice Tribunals Ontario – Social Benefits Tribunal
http://www.sjto.gov.on.ca/index.php/en/sbt/

Social Justice Tribunals Ontario - Child and Family Services Review Board
http://www.cfsrb.ca/

Social Justice Tribunals Ontario - Custody Review Board
http://www.sjto.gov.on.ca/index.php/en/crb/

Social Justice Tribunals Ontario - Special Education (English) Tribunal of Ontario
http://www.sjto.gov.on.ca/index.php/en/oset/

Social Justice Tribunals Ontario - Special Education (French) Tribunal of Ontario 
http://www.sjto.gov.on.ca/index.php/fr/tedo/

Social Security Tribunal of Canada (CPP/OAS)
http://www.canada.ca/en/sst/

Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal
http://www.wsiat.on.ca/

Workplace Safety and Insurance Board
http://www.wsib.on.ca/

 

Civil Law

Community Legal Clinics Ontario: A Directory of Community Legal Clinics in Ontario
http://www.cleo.on.ca/en/publications/ontario

The Ministry of the Attorney General's website has electronic court forms available to assist you with Small Claims matters
http://www.ontariocourtforms.on.ca/english/scc

Justice Net: A service helping people in need of legal expertise, whose income is too high to receive legal aid and too low to afford standard legal fees
http://www.justicenet.ca/professions

Landlord and Tenant Board:
http://www.ltb.gov.on.ca/en/

Legal Aid Ontario: Legal Aid Ontario gives low-income people access to a range of legal services tailored to meet their legal needs
www.legalaid.on.ca

Legal Aid Ontario's Lawyer Directory: Lists lawyers who accept legal aid certificates
www.legalaid.on.ca/en/getting/findingalawyer.asp

Legal Tube: Provides information to individuals on areas of law that may be relevant to their legal need
http://www.legaltube.ca/

Ontario Court Forms: Including Family Law Rules, Rules of Civil Procedure, and Rules of Small Claims Court forms
http://www.ontariocourtforms.on.ca/

Ontario Courts: All levels of Ontario Courts
http://www.ontariocourts.ca/

 

Criminal Law

Community Legal Clinics Ontario: A Directory of Community Legal Clinics in Ontario
http://www.cleo.on.ca/en/publications/ontario

Justice Net: A service helping people in need of legal expertise, whose income is too high to receive legal aid and too low to afford standard legal fees
http://www.justicenet.ca/professions

Justice Ontario: A useful resource on Ontario Law
http://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/

Law Facts: LawFacts provides legal information about criminal, family, and refugee law, and court-related mental health issues
http://lawfacts.ca/

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO): Legal Aid Ontario gives low-income people access to a range of legal services tailored to meet their legal needs
www.legalaid.on.ca

Legal Aid Ontario's Lawyer Directory: Lists lawyers who accept legal aid certificates
www.legalaid.on.ca/en/getting/findingalawyer.asp

Legal Tube: Provides information to individuals on areas of law that may be relevant to their legal need
http://www.legaltube.ca/

Ontario Courts: All levels of Ontario Courts
http://www.ontariocourts.ca/

Student Legal Aid Services Societies (SLASS): Legal Aid Ontario funded clinics at Ontario's law schools. Select "Student Legal Aid Services Societies" on LAO's Contact Us page.
www.legalaid.on.ca/en/contact

Your Legal Rights: A project of CLEO, a resource of legal information in Ontario
http://yourlegalrights.on.ca/

 

Family Law

Cliquez-Justice: French-language information on family law
www.cliquezjustice.ca

Community Legal Education Ontario: Family law resources from CLEO
 http://www.cleo.on.ca/en/resources-and-publications/pubs?language=en&field_legal_topic_tid_i18n=87

Family Law Information Centres (FLICs): Information on separation, divorce, related family law issues
http://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/family/infoctr.asp

The Ministry of the Attorney General's website has electronic court forms available to assist you with Family court matters
http://www.ontariocourtforms.on.ca/english/family

Justice Net: A service helping people in need of legal expertise, whose income is too high to receive legal aid and too low to afford standard legal fees
http://www.justicenet.ca/professions

Justice Ontario: A useful resource on Ontario Law
http://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/

LAO Family Law Offices or Family Law Service Centres: Types of help
www.legalaid.on.ca/en/getting/typesofhelp.asp

LAO's Family Law Information Program (FLIP): A free online resource for families and former spouses and partners
www.legalaid.on.ca/en/getting/flip.asp

Law Facts: LawFacts provides legal information about criminal, family, and refugee law, and court-related mental health issues
http://lawfacts.ca/

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO): Legal Aid Ontario gives low-income people access to a range of legal services tailored to meet their legal needs
www.legalaid.on.ca

Legal Aid Ontario's Lawyer Directory: Lists lawyers who accept legal aid certificates
www.legalaid.on.ca/en/getting/findingalawyer.asp

Ontario Court Forms: Including Family Law Rules, Rules of Civil Procedure, and Rules of Small Claims Court forms
http://www.ontariocourtforms.on.ca/

Ontario Courts: All levels of Ontario Courts
http://www.ontariocourts.ca/

Your Law: Ontario Law Simplified
www.lsuc.on.ca/yourlaw/

Your Legal Rights: A project of CLEO, a resource of legal information in Ontario
http://yourlegalrights.on.ca/

 

Immigration

Community Legal Education Ontario: Immigration law resources from CLEO http://www.cleo.on.ca/en/resources-and-publications/pubs?language=en&field_legal_topic_tid_i18n=91

Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
http://www.irb-cisr.gc.ca/eng/pages/index.aspx

Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council ("ICCRC")  
http://www.iccrc-crcic.ca/splash.cfm

Justice Net: A service helping people in need of legal expertise, whose income is too high to receive legal aid and too low to afford standard legal fees
http://www.justicenet.ca/professions

Law Facts: LawFacts provides legal information about criminal, family, and refugee law, and court-related mental health issues
http://lawfacts.ca/

Legal Aid Ontario: Legal Aid Ontario gives low-income people access to a range of legal services tailored to meet their legal needs
www.legalaid.on.ca

Your Legal Rights: A project of CLEO, a resource of legal information in Ontario
http://yourlegalrights.on.ca/

 

Wills and Estates

Justice Net: A service helping people in need of legal expertise, whose income is too high to receive legal aid and too low to afford standard legal fees
http://www.justicenet.ca/professions

Justice Ontario: A useful resource on Ontario Law
http://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/

Your Legal Rights: A project of CLEO, a resource of legal information in Ontario
http://yourlegalrights.on.ca/

 

Tickets and Fines

Justice Net: A service helping people in need of legal expertise, whose income is too high to receive legal aid and too low to afford standard legal fees
http://www.justicenet.ca/professions

Justice Ontario: A useful resource on Ontario Law
http://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/

Ontario Courts: All levels of Ontario Courts
http://www.ontariocourts.ca/