LEGAL HELP FOR LOW-INCOME PEOPLE
Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is an independent agency administered by a board of directors that receives its funding from the Ministry of the Attorney General. LAO's purpose is to promote access to justice throughout Ontario for low-income individuals. It provides legal aid services by a variety of methods to those who cannot afford private lawyers. LAO has two main parts. The first is the legal aid certificate program, described in the Community Resources And Info link. The second is a system of 76 legal clinics.
LEGAL CLINICSCommunity Legal Clinics are independent not-for-profit corporations run by volunteer boards of directors. The boards are made up of community members who share the aims and objectives of the clinics. Community legal clinics are usually staffed by lawyers, community legal workers, support staff, and community development workers. All help is private and confidential. You must live in the area the clinic serves and your problem must be in the areas of law the clinic covers. Your income and assets must be below a certain level in order to qualify. Specialty clinics serve a particular community or focus on a specific area of law: see our Related Links page.
CHATHAM-KENT LEGAL CLINIC
Chatham-Kent Legal Clinic was established in 1980 and opened its doors in February, 1981 under the name of Legal Assistance Kent.