Legal Aid Ontario

(416) 979-1446
Other Telephone: 
TTY: (416) 598-8867 / 1-866-641-8867
Toll-Free Phone: 
(416) 979-8669

info [at] lao [dot] on [dot] ca

Advocacy Description: 

LAO's mandate is to promote access to justice throughout Ontario for low-income individuals by means of providing consistently high quality legal aid services in a cost-effective and efficient manner.

LAO offers Poverty law services - such as helping people to obtain or maintain social assistance benefits, delivered through a network of a number of independent, community-based legal aid clinics, funded by LAO.

LAO also runs a certificate program through its network of legal aid area offices. Here we issue certificates, which low-income people use to retain a private lawyer to represent them in proceedings before the criminal or family courts, certain administrative tribunals or immigration/refugee boards. The certificate is the private lawyer's guarantee of payment from LAO, subject to the rates and limitations set out in the legal aid tariff.

We also provide duty counsel services - performed by staff and private-sector lawyers - for people who arrive in criminal, family or youth courts without a lawyer.


Atrium on Bay 40 Dundas Street West, Suite 200
Toronto, ON M5G 2H1