Getting legal help




Government assistance

If you have you received a warning letter of suspension or cancellation from Ontario Works (OW) or the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), contact your caseworker at your local Ontario Works office as soon as possible. Help with government assistance cases is available through most community legal clinics for eligible clients.


If you have a low income, community legal clinics can help with government assistance issues such as:

  • you want to appeal a reduction, suspension or termination of your ODSP or OW benefits;
  • you been refused ODSP and want to appeal the decision;
  • you want to appeal, or have issues with claiming Canada Pension Plan disability pension;
  • you are having trouble getting Employment Insurance;
  • you are a non-unionized worker having problems with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB).

Dont see your legal matter here? See our civil law page for more information, or read through the resources below. You can also call Legal Aid Ontario toll-free at 1-800-668-8258 if you have any questions.


Other resources

Please note that these are external links and Legal Aid Ontario is not responsible for their content.


  • 211 Ontario
    Connect to information about community, social, health and related government services.

  • Administrative Justice Support Network
    The Administrative Justice Support Network mission is to support people to feel competent and confident to proceed with an appeal before an administrative board or tribunal whether or not they have legal representation.

  • Service Ontario
    Offers a single window access to a wide range of information, services and resources offered by the government of Ontario.

  • Your Legal Rights
    A project of CLEO, Your Legal Rights is a web site of legal information for people in Ontario. This site has free, practical, and easy-to-find legal information produced by hundreds of organizations across Ontario.


Children and youth

  • Canada child and family benefits
    Offers information about financial support programs for children and families such as the Canada Child Tax Benefit, and Universal Child Care Benefit

  • Child protection standards in Ontario
    The purpose of the Child Protection Standards in Ontario (dated February 2007) is to promote consistently high quality service delivery to children, youth and their families receiving child protection services from Children’s Aid Societies across the province.

  • Ministry of Children and Youth Services
    Makes it easier for families to find and access the services they need to give kids the best start in life at all stages of a child's development and to help youth become productive adults.

  • Ontario Child Benefit
    Ontario Child Benefit is a monthly benefit paid to low income families with children under the age of 18.

  • Ontario Child Care Supplement for Working Families
    This program gives eligible working families tax-free money every month to help with child care costs. To qualify, children must be under the age of seven.

  • Ontario Child Welfare Eligibility Spectrum
    The Ontario Child Welfare Eligibility Spectrum is a field-developed, eligibility tool for child welfare in Ontario.

  • Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)
    OSAP provides eligible Ontario students with financial assistance to help pay for tuition, books, mandatory fees, living costs and transportation.


Financial/employment assistance

  • Canada Benefits
    Connects people to a range of federal benefits such as Employment Insurance (EI), education and training, housing, health, business.

  • Employment Ontario
    Ontario’s employment and training network with services for apprenticeships, job seekers, employers, and employees.

  • Ontario Works (OW)
    Ontario Works can provide people in temporary financial need with money to cover the costs of basic needs and with help for prepare for and find a job. They may also be able to provide health benefits, including drug and dental coverage, and additional benefits.

  • Service Canada
    Offers access to a wide range of Canadian government programs and services.

  • Social Benefits Tribunal
    Hears appeals about social assistance decisions that people receive under the Ontario Works Act, 1997 and the Ontario Disability Support Program Act, 1997.


Health


Seniors

  • Advocacy Centre for the Elderly (ACE)
    ACE provides direct legal services to low-income seniors, public legal education, and engages in law reform activities.

  • Ontario Senior's Secretariat
    The Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat works to improve the quality of life for Ontario’s seniors.

  • Seniors Canada
    A comprehensive website for seniors-related information in Canada, including information on elder care.