Services in Ontario - Humanitarian and compassionate (H&C) applications

FCJ Refugee Centre

Website

https://www.fcjrefugeecentre.org/about-us/

Contact Information

Phone 416-469-9754

The FCJ Refugee Centre has services for refugees and others who are at risk because of their immigration status. They can:

  • help with paperwork, translation, and interpretation
  • make referals to immigration and refugee lawyers
  • give information about social services, skills development, and counselling

They also have free information sessions about hearings and appealing to the Refugee Appeal Division (RAD).

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

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:

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) – Immigration/Refugee services

Website

http://legalaid.on.ca/en/getting/type_immigration.asp

Contact Information

Toll-free 1-800-668-8258

The Legal Aid Ontario refugee law program has changed as of April 2019. If you are a legal service provider and you would like more information on our current program, visit their interim refugee law services page.

If you are in Ontario, Legal Aid Ontario may be able to help if:

  • you want to apply for refugee status and you need help with your basis of claim form
  • your request for refugee status (called a refugee claim) was rejected and you want to appeal
  • you want to apply for a judicial review. This is a request you can make to the Federal Court of Canada if Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada or the Immigration and Refugee Board made a decision you do not agree with.
  • you are a particularly vulnerable client. This means you or your family have a special case. For example, you are 17 years old or younger and you have not parent or legal guardian in Canada, you are in a detention centre, or you have a mental health condition.

You have to qualify financially for these services.

Francophone legal advice lines

LAO has 4 free regional advice lines that can give legal information and advice in French over the telephone to people living in:

  • Eastern Ontario
  • Northern Ontario, and parts of central Ontario including:
    • Barrie
    • Parry Sound
    • Muskoka and Kawartha Lakes regions
  • Greater Toronto Area
  • Southwestern Ontario

The advice lines do not help with family law or criminal law matters.

Ontario Legal Information Centre

Website

https://www.centreinfojuridique.ca/en/

Contact Information

Phone 613-842-7462 Toll-free 1-844-343-7462

The Ontario Legal Information Centre offers a free 30-minute meeting with a lawyer to anyone in Ontario by telephone or in person at their Ottawa office in any area of law in English or French. You may have to leave a message, and a lawyer will call you back.

Law Society Referral Service

The Law Society of Ontario has on online Law Society Referral Service that gives you the name of a lawyer or licensed paralegal who will give free legal advice for up to 30 minutes in any area of law.

If you can’t wait for a legal representative to call you back, or if you don’t have a call-back number, email lsrs@lso.ca. Or, if you’re in crisis or in custody, call 1-855-947-5255 or 416-947-5255, Monday to Friday, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

JusticeNet

Website

http://www.justicenet.ca

Contact Information

Phone 416-479-0551 Toll-free 1-866-919-3219

JusticeNet helps people find a legal professional if their income is too high to get legal aid but too low to afford legal fees. If your net family income is less than $59,000, they refer you to an online directory of lawyers, paralegals, and mediators who provide help at reduced rates.

JusticeNet is a non-profit organization. You must register and pay a fee to use the website. They may return the fee if you don’t find a professional to work with.

Law Society of Ontario – Lawyer and Paralegal Directory

The directory lists all lawyers and paralegals licensed to give legal services in Ontario. You can search by name, address or postal code, language, and area of law. You can also search for services offered in French and for unbundled services.

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