Getting legal help
Help with government assistance cases is available through most community legal clinics.
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.
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).
Don’t 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.
Please note that these are external links and Legal Aid Ontario is not responsible for their content.
Connect to information about community, social, health and related government services.
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 Childrenâ€™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.
Connects people to a range of federal benefits such as Employment Insurance (EI), education and training, housing, health, business.
Ontarioâ€™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.
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.
Assistive Devices Program
Provides personalized devices or equipment to Ontarians who have long-term physical disabilities.
Health Canada helps people maintain and improve their health, while respecting individual choices and circumstances.
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Find information about the government of Ontarioâ€™s health and long-term care programs.
Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee (OPGT)
Delivers a range of services to protect your legal, personal and financial interests, as well as monitors the activities of Ontario charities.
Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)
The Ontario Disability Support Program helps eligible people with disabilities by providing financial help and help finding a job.
Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP)
Residents of Ontario must have a valid Ontario Health Card to show that they are entitled to health care services paid for by OHIP. OHIP covers most Ontario health benefits across Canada.
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 Seniorsâ€™ Secretariat works to improve the quality of life for Ontarioâ€™s seniors.
A comprehensive website for seniors-related information in Canada, including information on elder care.