Services in Ontario - COVID‑19 Immigration and Refugee

Immigration Detention Representation Program

The Immigration Detention Representation Program (IDRP) is a free service available from Legal Aid Ontario (LAO). It’s for anyone in immigration detention in Ontario who needs representation at a detention review hearing.

Migrant Workers Alliance for Change

The Migrant Workers Alliance for Change supports the self-organization of migrants, including migrant students, farm workers, and care workers.

It’s a member of the Migrant Rights Network​ and Migrant Rights Network – Ontario.

Legal clinics


Contact Information

Phone 416-979-1446 Toll-free 1-800-668-8258 TTY 416-598-8867 Toll-free TTY 1-866-641-8867

During the COVID-19 situation, many community legal clinics are no longer meeting with people in person, but will provide services over the phone. Call ahead for more information.

Legal Aid Ontario funds legal clinics across Ontario. There are two types of legal clinics: community legal clinics and specialty legal clinics.

Community legal clinics provide free legal services to people with low incomes who live in their area. Most help with:

  • Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program
  • tenants’ rights
  • the Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security, and the Guaranteed Income Supplement
  • some employment issues

Some clinics can help with immigration and refugee problems.

Search for the clinic in your area using your postal code.

Some specialty legal clinics provide free legal services to specific groups of people with low incomes:

Some specialty legal clinics provide free legal services in only certain areas of law:

Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB)

The Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) is Canada’s largest independent administrative tribunal. It is responsible for making well-reasoned decisions on immigration and refugee matters, efficiently, fairly and in accordance with the law. The IRB decides, among other responsibilities, who needs refugee protection among the thousands of claimants who come to Canada annually.

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is a federal agency responsible for border control. 

Migrant Rights Network

The Migrant Rights Network is group of people from across Canada who fight for migrant justice.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, they can help you if you’re having problems applying for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). 

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