Legal Clinics and Services

The following organizations provide free or low-cost legal assistance as described; some help individuals, some only work with non-profit organizations.

For legal clinics in Alberta, see the section Legal Clinics and Services on LawCentral Alberta.

 For assistance in finding a lawyer, see the section Legal Directories


Alberta

Calgary Legal Guidance


Calgary Legal Guidance provides free legal advice for individuals with low income. If you need legal information and advice on: Family issues; Criminal issues; Civil issues; Restraining Orders; Emergency Protection Orders etc; Social Benefit issues; and; an evening course on Do Your Own Divorce.
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Calgary Workers' Resource Centre


The Calgary Workers' Resource Centre is a charitable organization which helps Calgarians understand and access what they are entitled to as workers. The organization assists workers with filling out forms, attending meetings/hearings, and talking with employers and government agencies in order to help them access their employment related benefits and rights.
Related keywords: Workers' compensation (7), Workers' rights and employment standards (64)

Central Alberta Community Legal Clinic (CACLC)


The Central Alberta Community Legal Clinic (CACLC) provides legal advice and information to people who cannot afford a lawyer and do not qualify for legal aid. Volunteer Lawyers provide information and summary legal advice in the Clinic Program about a variety of legal matters including family and civil law, by appointment only.
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Edmonton Community Legal Centre


The Edmonton Community Legal Centre is a non profit organization that offers free legal information, advice and representation for people living with low income in the Edmonton area. The Centre helps individuals and families who have legal problems in the following areas: Landlord and Tenant; Employment/ Wrongful Dismissal; Small Claims; Income Support Advocacy; Human Rights; Debt; Immigration.The Centre is not able to provide assistance in the areas of family and criminal law.
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Family Court Counsellors (Alberta Courts)


Family Court Counsellors provide services, at no cost, to families who are involved in parenting disputes and are living separate and apart. The service is designed for people who are not represented by a lawyer. Services may include: Information on options and services for resolving family issues; Referrals to services and programs including mediation; Information on the effects of separation and divorce on children; Help to negotiate agreements; Assistance with court applications, arranging court dates and presenting the case in Provincial Court.
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Family Law Office (Alberta)


The Family Law Office (FLO) assists clients who have a family law legal problem and who have qualified for services through Legal Aid Alberta. They assist with problems relating to: Separation and divorce; Custody, access, parenting orders, contact orders; Child maintenance and spousal support; Guardianship; Child protection/child welfare; Matrimonial property disputes; Representation of children; Grandparent contact orders; Emergency Protection orders. There are offices in Edmonton, Calgary, Lethbridge, Red Deer and Wetaskiwin.
Related keywords: Legal services (62)

Grande Prairie Legal Guidance


Grande Prairie Legal Guidance (GPLG) is a non-profit joint initiative between Pro Bono Law Alberta (PBLA), The Community Village and Grande Prairie lawyers. Volunteer lawyers from the Grande Prairie community donate their professional time to meet with clients and provide legal guidance and information.
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Law Information Centres (LInC)


The Law Information Centre (LInC) can help you get the information you need for civil and criminal matters. At LInC, a professional staff member will help you understand Alberta's court processes. This includes help to: learn about general court procedures; locate and explain court forms; learn about legal advice options; find out about alternatives to court. LInc can also: give you information about civil and criminal matters; explain what court forms can be used; explain the steps to take in making legal applications; refer you to legal and other resources in the community.
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Legal Aid Alberta


Legal Aid Alberta exists to provide cost effective legal services for Albertans in need.  While continually striving to become a leader amongst legal aid organizations in providing access to justice to those in need, Legal Aid Alberta also provides legal representation and legal information and referrals.
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Lethbridge Legal Guidance


Lethbridge Legal Guidance is a nonprofit organization that offers free legal guidance to low income individuals who have a legal problem and do not qualify for Legal Aid.
Related keywords: Legal services (62)

Pro Bono Students Canada (University of Alberta)


PBSC at the University of Alberta matches law students with eligible non-profit organisations to provide pro bono legal services under the supervision of a lawyer. PBSC does not provide legal assistance to individual cases. It functions as a project of Student Legal Services of Edmonton.
Related keywords: Legal services (62), Non-profit and charity law (33)

Pro Bono Students Canada (University of Calgary)


Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC) is a national network of law schools and community organizations that matches law students who want to do pro bono work with public interest and non-governmental organizations, government agencies, tribunals and legal clinics during the academic year and during the summer. PBSC projects at the Faculty of Law at the University of Calgary have included developing public legal information presentations, assisting organizations in applying for non-profit status, drafting organizational bylaws, and preparing memos on specific issues of law. Over the past decade the program has expanded to include the Family Law Project, where students provide legal information to unrepresented individuals at the Provincial Family Court.
Related keywords: Legal services (62), Non-profit and charity law (33)

Student Legal Assistance (University of Calgary)


Student Legal Assistance (SLA) is an association of law students at the University of Calgary which provides year-round free legal assistance and representation to University of Calgary students and members of the public who are unable to afford legal services. Our services include: Representing qualifying individuals in Provincial Court for criminal, traffic, family and civil matters in Calgary, Banff and surrounding areas; Providing legal advice and services at the Calgary Drop In Centre; Assisting students with academic appeals; and Providing summary legal advice. A nominal disbursement charge applies to non-University of Calgary students.
Related keywords: Legal services (62)

Student Legal Services of Edmonton (SLS)


Student Legal Services of Edmonton (SLS) is a student-managed, non-profit society dedicated to helping low-income individuals in Edmonton and area understand their legal issues and solve their legal problems. SLS focuses on four projects: Civil & Family Law (landlord/tenant matters, contracts, WCB/AISH/CPP/EI hearings, family law matters, uncontested divorces, and more); Criminal Law (SLS provides basic criminal law information and represents individuals charged with relatively minor criminal and quasi-criminal offences); Legal Education and Reform (community lectures and outreach programs, and research on poverty-related law reform issues); and Pro Bono Students of Canada (legal research for non-profit organizations).
Related keywords: Legal services (62), Public legal education organizations (46)

Volunteer Lawyers Service (Alberta)


The Volunteer Lawyers Service (VLS) program is operated out of the Pro Bono Law Alberta office. VLS is a pro bono program, initiated by the United Way of Calgary and Area, the Canadian Bar Association Alberta, the Law Society of Alberta, and the Association of General Counsel of Alberta. The VLS assists eligible non-partisan charitable organizations in obtaining pro bono legal services that would otherwise be unavailable to them due to a lack of financial resources.
Related keywords: Legal services (62), Non-profit and charity law (33)

Youth Criminal Defence Office (YCDO - Alberta)


In Edmonton and Calgary, young persons who are charged with criminal offences are referred by the Legal Aid Society of Alberta to the Youth Criminal Defence Office (YCDO). The YCDO operates under the supervision of a Senior Counsel who is hired by and reports to the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society. The YCDO also employs a number of lawyers in Calgary and Edmonton. Social workers, youth workers and administrative staff support the lawyers.
Related keywords: Lawyers (49), Youth criminal justice (61)

Youthlaw.ca


Youthlaw.ca is a website of the Children's Legal and Educational Resource Centre (CLERC). CLERC offers legal advice, information, referrals and services to children and youth.The Legal Topics section of their website offers answers to some common questions asked by youth regarding their legal rights.  Lawyers at CLERC provide representation to young people 19 years of age and under who have nowhere else to turn for legal support.
Related keywords: Adoption (20), Bullying (26), Child support (27), Common law relationships (16), Custody and access (32), Divorce and separation (41), Drugs and alcohol (23), Health issues (61), Landlord and tenant (55), Legal services (62), Marriage (26), Relationship violence (65), Sexual assault (35), Sexual harassment (10)
 

British Columbia

Access Pro Bono Society of British Columbia


We are a non-profit society incorporated in February 2010 to carry on the work of the Western Canada Society to Access Justice and Pro Bono Law of British Columbia, which formally merged as of April 1, 2010. All services are provided to individuals and non-profit organizations of limited means free of charge by our volunteer lawyers. Facilities are provided by social agencies committed to providing help to the needy.
Related keywords: Legal services (62)

Artists’ Legal Outreach (ALO)


The Artists' Legal Outreach (ALO) Program provides artists, arts administrators and arts organizations in all disciplines with access to resources and experienced lawyers to address arts-related legal issues. The organization is based in Vancouver, BC. ALO is a group of volunteer lawyers and law students committed to working with artists and arts organizations. They offer resources, workshops and clinics where artists can meet confidentially with an experienced lawyer.
Related keywords: Communications and media (28), Legal services (62)

Community Legal Assistance Society (BC)


The Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS) provides legal assistance to people throughout British Columbia who are physically, mentally, socially, economically or otherwise disadvantaged and to develop law that benefits disadvantaged groups as a whole. Our objective is to provide multi-faceted legal services throughout the province in the areas of poverty law, disability law, mental health law, human rights law and equality law.  Services include, service case work, Charter and test case litigation, law reform, legal supervision for legal advocacy groups, legal support to community groups, and public legal education.  CLAS operates five programs at four locations in the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island.
Related keywords: Legal services (62), Poverty (30)

Legal Clinic for Temporary Foreign Workers (BC)


MOSAIC and Access Pro Bono provide a legal clinic for temporary foreign workers in British Columbia. Pro Bono lawyers are available to provide a 30 minute free legal consultation on issues related to temporary foreign workers including: Employment, Family, Human Rights and Immigration.
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Legal Services Society of British Columbia


The Legal Services Society of British Columbia is an independent, non-profit organization, created by statute. Its mandate is to foster public legal education and provide effective legal services to low income B.C. residents, particularly those people experiencing legal problems that threaten their liberty, security, and livelihood.
Related keywords: Legal aid (25), Public legal education organizations (46)

Pro Bono Map of BC


This map aims to connect British Columbians to the wealth of free legal services and information available to them. By entering their location in the search panel, every British Columbian has instant knowledge of the dates, times, location, type and extent of the various free legal services offered in and around their community.
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Salvation Army British Columbia Pro Bono Lawyer Consultant Program


The objective of the Pro Bono program is to bring together lawyers, and the poor in order to eliminate barriers to justice. The program exists to support, co-ordinate, and encourage the delivery of Pro Bono services in communities of The Salvation Army’s BC South Division through the existing offices of The Salvation Army. The target group of the program are those persons who are ineligible for legal aid, and meet the required income guidelines.
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UVIC Law Centre


The Law Centre is a service of the University of Victoria, Faculty of Law, and provides advice, assistance and representation to clients who cannot afford a lawyer. Thousands of persons living in the Capital Regional District are served annually. The Law Centre also provides law students with clinical and legal education. Students are trained and supervised in the conduct of legal matters by lawyers who are members of the the University of Victoria, Faculty of Law. The Law Centre also provides legal education programs to the public.
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Canada / Federal

Pro Bono Students Canada


Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC) is a national pro bono student organization with chapters at every law school in Canada. PBSC programs enable law students across the country to combine education with public service. Students develop their legal skills while providing critical legal services to hundreds of public interest organizations, community groups, government agencies, legal clinics and lawyers working pro bono, as well as unrepresented individuals at courthouses and administrative tribunals. Website provides contact information for each of the chapters.
Related keywords: Legal services (62), Non-profit and charity law (33)
 

Manitoba

Legal Aid Manitoba


Legal Aid Manitoba provides legal help to people with low incomes. They help those that qualify and who are: People with family issues such as divorce, child custody, maintenance enforcement and child protection matters; Adults and youth who are facing criminal charges; People with disputes involving welfare, workers compensation or disability benefits; Groups and individuals with test cases in the areas of consumer, poverty, environmental, Aboriginal and Charter of Rights challenges. They do not handle real estate transactions, wills and estates, adoptions, corporate and commercial matters, or civil litigation matters such as people suing each other.
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Legal Help Centre


Legal Help Centre is a place to come to for information, advice and referrals when you think you have a legal problem. They provide the following services: Answers to questions about law in Manitoba; Free legal information sessions ; Help in finding and accessing services from organizations in your community; Appointments with a lawyer for free legal advice*; Legal help from law students working under supervision of a lawyer*
*NOTE:You must meet the Household Income Guidelineto qualify for free legal advice and law student representation.

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New Brunswick

New Brunswick Legal Aid Services Commission


The New Brunswick Legal Aid Services Commission provides legal assistance to eligible applicants in certain criminal and family law matters. This page explains some of the services provided and lists the contact numbers for offices in each of the judicial districts.
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Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland Legal Aid Commission


The Newfoundland Legal Aid Commission ensures that persons with limited financial means have access to legal counsel.
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Northwest Territories

Legal Aid (NWT)


Legal Aid in the Northwest Territories is provided by the Legal Services Board of the Northwest Territories pursuant to the Legal Services Act. Legal Aid is funded by both the GNWT and the Government of Canada.
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Nova Scotia

Dalhousie Legal Aid Service


Dalhousie Legal Aid has a three part mandate: (1) to provide legal aid services for persons who would not otherwise be able to obtain legal advice for assistance; (2) to conduct research, provide information, make recommendations, and engage in programs relating to legal aid and law reform in the Province of Nova Scotia; (3) to provide an educational experience in the solution of legal problems for students enrolled in the Faculty of Law of Dalhousie University who participate in the work of the Service.
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Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission


The Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission is provided a grant from the Province of Nova Scotia under the Department of Justice (Attorney General). The Commission is designated as the Provincial agency for the delivery of Legal Aid services. There is an Adult Criminal and Young Offender Legal Aid Agreement which provides for a federal contribution to the cost of adult criminal and young offender legal aid in the Province and imposes obligations on the Province to provide certrain levels of service.
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Ontario

Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto (ALST)


Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto (ALST) is a multi-service legal agency serving Toronto's Aboriginal community. ALST supports and advocates for the Aboriginal community and its members in Toronto to gain control over the legal and justice issues that affect them.
Related keywords: Advocacy (61), Law reform (18), Legal services (62)

Advocacy Centre for The Elderly (ACE)


The Advocacy Centre for the Elderly is a community based legal clinic for low income senior citizens. ACE is managed by a volunteer board of directors at least half of whom are seniors. ACE is funded through Legal Aid Ontario and is the first legal clinic in Canada to specialize in the legal problems of seniors. ACE provides direct legal services to low-income seniors, public legal education, and engages in law reform activities. ACE services and activities are in relation to areas of law of special importance to the seniors' population.
Related keywords: Advocacy (61), Consumer protection and fraud (79), Elder abuse (48), Guardianship and trusteeship (30), Health issues (61), Legal aid (25), Supportive living and seniors’ housing (22), Wills and estates (74)

African Canadian Legal Clinic (ACLC)


As a specialty clinic funded by Legal Aid Ontario, the ACLC provides advice and representation to African Canadians in all legal forums, especially race-based test case litigation, which are likely to result in significant legal precedence. Among its many services, the ACLC maintains a library and resource centre, publishes a newsletter, provides summary legal advice, and writes manuals.
Related keywords: Advocacy (61), Human rights (146), Legal aid (25), Racism (13)

ARCH Disability Law Centre


ARCH Disability Law Centre is an Ontario-wide specialty legal aid clinic dedicated to defending and advancing the equality-rights of people with disabilities. ARCH provides legal services to help Ontarians with disabilities live with dignity and participate fully in our communities. ARCH works with Ontarians with disabilities and the disability community on law reform and policy initiatives, community development, legal advice and referrals, public legal education and litigation.
Related keywords: Disabilities (46), Legal aid (25)

Canadian Environmental Law Association


The Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) is a non-profit, public interest organization established in 1970 to use existing laws to protect the environment and to advocate environmental law reforms. It is also a specialty community legal clinic providing services to low income individuals and disadvantaged communities across Ontario in environmental law matters.
Related keywords: Environmental protection and conservation (33), Legal services (62)

Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System


The Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System (formerly the London Family Court Clinic) is a non-profit social service agency helping children and families involved with the justice system as victims of crime, witnesses of crime, parties in custody disputes, subjects of child protection proceedings, litigants in civil suits for compensation, teenagers in therapeutic care settings, or youthful offenders. They are known especially for their grounded approach to understanding and helping children exposed to domestic violence. The Centre strives to advance understanding through research that identifies the needs of children and families and the effectiveness of interventions.
Related keywords: Child abuse (42), Legal services (62), Relationship violence (65), Research reports and institutes (75), Spousal abuse (73)

Centre for Spanish-Speaking Peoples


Located in Toronto, Ontario, the Centre for Spanish-Speaking Peoples offers programs including language orientation and legal counselling, as well as other services such as a youth program, an AIDS program, and a women's program. The Centre serves new immigrants from 22 countries and other members of a very diverse Spanish-speaking community.  The Centre promotes equality and social justice through community development and participation in and representation of the whole community.
Related keywords: Immigration (54), Legal services (62), Refugees (22)

Community Advocacy & Legal Centre (Ontario)


The clinic is a non-profit community legal clinic, serving counties in Eastern Ontario. The Community Advocacy Legal Centre provides access to justice through quality legal services, advocacy and information for people living on a low income or in poverty.
Related keywords: Advocacy (61), Legal services (62)

Community Legal Services at Western Law


Community Legal Services provides free legal advice and representation to members of the community, and to Fanshawe College and Western students. They represent clients who are charged with less serious criminal charges (called summary conviction charges) under the Criminal Code of Canada or the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. They will also represent clients where the matter involves traffic tickets worth six points or more, as well as charges under other provincial statutes and some City of London by-law offences. They only represent persons who are not eligible to receive a legal aid certificate from the Legal Aid Area Office.
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Family Law Information Centres (FLICs) (Ontario)


Family Law Information Centres assist in meeting the individual needs of clients, particularly clients who are not represented by a lawyer and are entering the court system for the first time. Family Law Information Centres have been established in most courts that deal with family law matters.
Related keywords: Family law general resources (58), Legal services (62)

Human Rights Legal Support Centre


Human Rights Legal Support Centre offers human rights legal services to individuals throughout Ontario who believe they have experienced discrimination.  The Centre’s services range from legal assistance in filing an application at the Tribunal to legal representation on human rights applications.
Related keywords: Human rights (146), Legal services (62)

Justice for Children and Youth (Ontario)


Justice for Children and Youth provides legal representation to low-income children and youth in Toronto and vicinity. Justice for Children and Youth is a non-profit legal aid clinic that specializes in protecting the rights of those facing conflicts with the legal system, education, social service or mental health systems. They give summary legal advice, information and assistance to young people, parents (in education matters), professionals and community groups across Ontario.
Related keywords: Legal aid (25), Legal services (62), Youth criminal justice (61)

JusticeNet


JusticeNet is a not-for-profit service helping people in need of legal expertise, whose income is too high to access legal aid and too low to afford standard legal fees. Participating legal professionals agree to devote a portion of their practice to qualifying clients at reduced fees.The service is currently limited to the Province of Ontario.
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Law Help Ontario


Law Help Ontario (LHO) is an award winning service operated by Pro Bono Law Ontario. LHO provides a wide range of legal information and resources online. In Toronto and Ottawa, LHO operates self-help centres for low income, self- represented litigants appearing before Superior Court or Small Claims Court. Lawyers at LHO centres provide pro bono (free) assistance for limited civil matters (no family or criminal law).
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Legal Aid Ontario


Legal Aid is available to 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.
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Queen's Legal Aid Society (Ontario)


Assisting hundreds of clients annually, Queen's Legal Aid has been serving the local community for over 35 years. They provide legal advice and representation to full-time students at Queen’s University and low-income area residents . Their funding comes from Legal Aid Ontario, the Faculty of Law, and Queen's student activity fees. Many students at the Faculty of Law work at Queen’s Legal Aid during their law school studies, gaining practical experience. They are closely supervised by a lawyer.
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South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario (SALCO)


SALCO’s mandate is to provide access to justice for low-income South Asians in the Greater Toronto area. As a specialty clinic funded by Legal Aid Ontario, SALCO provides advice, brief services, and legal representation in a various areas of poverty law, with an emphasis on immigration, refugee law, human rights and income security related matters.
Related keywords: Immigration (54), Legal services (62)

University of Ottawa Community Legal Clinic


The University of Ottawa Community Legal Clinic provides legal services to the Ottawa-Carleton community. Their services include summary legal information, legal representation, referrals, public legal education, advocacy and law reform. We cater to low income people, students and members of historically disadvantaged groups.
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Volunteer Lawyer Service (Ontario)


The Volunteer Lawyers Service offers legal assistance at no charge to non-profit and charitable organizations in Ontario. Their primary job is to match up community agencies with legal counsel in their area. The VLS also hosts information seminars to non-profit groups.
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Windsor-Essex Bilingual Legal Clinic


Windsor-Essex Bilingual Legal Clinic provides free legal services and promotes community development in French and English to individuals with low income and not-for-profit organizations in Windsor and Essex County through advocacy, legal representation, education and support as part of Legal Aid Ontario.
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Prince Edward Island

Legal Aid (PEI)


This web page from the Department of Justice and Public Safety (PEI) describes the legal aid services that are available and provides links to contact information for the two offices.
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Québec

Quebec Commission des services juridiques (English)


The Commission des services juridiques is the agency responsible for applying Québec’s Legal Aid Act and for ensuring that legal aid is provided to any eligible person who applies for it.
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Saskatchewan

Community Legal Assistance Services for Saskatoon Inner City Inc.


CLASSIC is a non-profit and charitable organization which provides free, professional and confidential legal services for low-income members of our community who cannot otherwise afford legal advice or representation. CLASSIC works with other community organizations through mutual referrals to best resolve clients' legal and non-legal issues.
Related keywords: Legal aid (25), Legal services (62), Poverty (30)

Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan (PBLS)


Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan (PBLS) is a non-profit corporation that improves access to justice in Saskatchewan by creating, facilitating, and promoting opportunities for lawyers to provide high-quality pro bono (free) legal services to persons of limited means.This site provides information about PBLS, lists pro bono programs available in Saskatchewan and highlights PBLS's ongoing efforts to promote opportunities for pro bono legal services in Saskatchewan.
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Saskatchewan Legal Aid Commission


The Legal Aid Act establishes the Saskatchewan Legal Aid Commission to provide legal services to persons and organizations for criminal and civil matters where these persons and organizations are financially unable to secure those services from their own resources.
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Yukon

Yukon Legal Services Society


Yukon Legal Services Society (YLSS) is Yukon's legal aid service provider. If you need a lawyer but cannot afford to pay, they may be able to help by providing a lawyer at no cost or at a very low cost to you. They are here to ensure that low-income individuals living in the Yukon have access to justice by providing quality legal aid services and by supporting other Yukon justice programs helping low-income individuals.
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