Legal Aid Ontario

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) may be able to help low income individuals and disadvantaged communities for a variety of legal problems, including criminal matters, family disputes, immigration and refugee hearings and poverty law issues such as landlord/tenant disputes, disability support and family benefits payments.

LAO offers different kinds of services, depending on the client's needs. They may be able to provide assistance in retaining a lawyer if applicants meet eligibility requirements. Legal assistance is also available through the community legal clinic program.

Every Ontario resident who needs legal assistance can apply. Eligibility for legal aid is based on financial need and the type of case. The applicant may pay nothing or a portion of the cost of legal aid, depending on their financial situation.

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