Getting help from Legal Aid Ontario

If you are a low-income person, Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) may be able to provide you with legal assistance. Usually this means that you have little or no money left after paying for basic things like food and housing.

How to get started


Areas of law where we provide help

You may also qualify for help if you are…

Experiencing domestic violence

Domestic violence may include physical and sexual abuse. It can also include financial and emotional abuse. Some examples of domestic violence:

Anyone in Ontario who is experiencing domestic violence can call Legal Aid Ontario at 1-800-668-8258 for a free two-hour consultation with a private lawyer. This service, along with free advice on immigration and refugee matters, is also offered through many shelters and community legal clinics.

Dealing with mental health or addiction issues

First Nation, Métis or Inuit

When you identify yourself as a First Nation, Métis or Inuit person, your lawyer can provide you with help in those areas of law that deal with Aboriginal circumstances or rights. Learn more.

Find out more about why it is important to tell your lawyer you are Aboriginal.


The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees equal rights to people who speak both of Canada’s official languages—English and French. Learn about LAO policies on French Language Services, related services for Francophones, and how to find a French-speaking lawyer.


LAO funds 76 community and specialty legal clinics throughout the province. Each clinic provides information, legal advice and representation, but their services and the areas of law they specialize in vary by location. Some of the services they provide include:

Contact a clinic near you to find out more.