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Welcome to Legal Aid Ontario

Legal Aid Ontario provides legal assistance for low-income people.

Getting legal help

Get legal aid help in over 200 languages at 1-800-668-8258 toll-free (or 416-979-1446 in Toronto)

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Best time to call: 9 to 10 a.m.

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If you are deaf, deafened or hard or hearing you can call us on Bell relay or TTY.

Learn more about:

Getting help from Legal Aid Ontario

Does your problem qualify for legal aid?

Does your income qualify for legal aid?

Types of help

Other types of help

Legal Aid Ontario’s criminal and refugee law information website

Family Law Information Program (FLIP)
A free online resource for families, former spouses and partners about to enter the family justice system.


Notice: New intake hours, more languages at LAO’s Refugee Law Office in Toronto
Wednesday, May 25

LAO releases Open Government discussion paper
Thursday, April 14

LAO’s paralegals provide full range of practice in criminal courts
Monday, April 4

Legal aid eligibility threshold increases another six per cent
Friday, April 1

Congratulations to first J. Shirley Denison recipient Jenny Quan
Wednesday, March 23



LAO in brief: News for lawyers HotBytes RSS Feed

Billing update: Submitting accounts when two block fee matters for a client are resolved together
Wednesday, May 18

Better Billing Bulletin (B3) volume 50 now available
Wednesday, May 18

Essential information for criminal lawyers whose clients are non-Canadians
Thursday, May 5

Legal eligibility

Effective June 8, 2015

Qs & As

Legal Aid Online

Lawyers and legal office staff can submit accounts and view their status on the secure Legal Aid Online website.

Monitor our progress

We’re resolving all concerns about Legal Aid Online raised during extensive consultations with stakeholders in 2013.
Clearer billing processes, faster payments, more support

LAO's strategic directions

Aboriginal Justice Strategy

Domestic Violence Strategy

Mental Health Justice Strategy

Clinic Transformation

Business plans


LAO outlines its strategy to help mental health clients
Friday, March 11

Legal aid clinics

Legal Aid Ontario funds 76 community legal clinics throughout the province. Thirteen of these clinics provide specialty legal services.
Learn more.

Clinic strategy


Legal Aid Ontario invests $3.3 million in 54 provincial legal aid clinics
Tuesday, March 15

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