Services in Ontario - Getting benefits and services

Service Canada

Website

https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/corporate/portfolio/service-canada.html

Contact Information

Toll-free 1-800-206-7218 TTY 1-800-529-3742

Service Canada is a central place to access a wide range of government services and benefits, including Employment Insurance, Old Age Security, Canada Pension Plan, Social Insurance Numbers, and passports. There are Service Canada offices across Ontario.

Service Canada’s Benefits Finder suggests benefits from the Canadian and provincial governments that you may be able to get.

Government of Canada – Find a Panel Physician

This directory helps refugee claimants find a doctor in their city who is approved by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to perform their immigration medical exam.

Legal clinics

Website

https://www.legalaid.on.ca/services/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

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
  • employment problems

Some clinics can help with immigration and refugee problems or debt and consumer 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:

Settlement.Org

This website provides newcomers with information and resources to settle in Ontario, Canada in the areas of:

  • immigration and citizenship
  • health
  • employment
  • education
  • daily life

There is also a directory that can help you find a settlement agency near you.

Justice for Children and Youth

Website

http://jfcy.org/en/

Contact Information

Phone 416-920-1633 Toll-free 1-866-999-5329

Legal Aid Ontario funds Justice for Children and Youth to offer free legal help in the Toronto area to young people under 18 and homeless youth under 25.

They focus on all areas of children’s law including youth criminal justice, education, mental health, human rights, and provincial offences. They also give general legal advice and information to young people, to parents on education issues, and to professional and community groups.

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