Legal Aid Ontario funds 73 community legal clinics throughout the province. Thirteen of these clinics provide specialty legal services. Each is a non-profit legal centre, governed by an independent board of directors representative of the community it serves. Clinics employ lawyers, legal workers, paralegals and administrative staff to provide information, legal advice and representation
The Legal clinic of the Centre for Spanish Speaking Peoples is one of the thirteen speciality Legal clinics. Our Legal Clinic provides assistance to the Spanish speaking community.
We have no geographical catchment area and service the community across Ontario. We provide legal services for those who meet our case selection and financial eligibility requirements. We accept clients regardless of their current immigration status.
Who Do We Serve?
The Legal Clinic serves members of the Spanish-speaking community around ONTARIO. We do not have an area of geographical influence and provide legal services to those who meet the financial eligibility requirements. We accept clients regardless of their immigration status in Canada. Our service is free for people with low income who meet our criteria for case selection and financial eligibility. Unfortunately, our resources are limited, so if we cannot take your case, we refer you to the right place. People who receive social assistance benefits are automatically eligible.
Our clinic provides services to low-income individuals in a variety of areas of law. To apply for legal assistance, individuals must contact our Legal Intake Line at 416-533-0680. Our services are free to individuals who meet our financial and case selection eligibility criteria. Any individuals receiving social assistance benefits are automatically eligible.
We are able to provide legal services in the areas of employment rights, social assistance (OW & ODSP), immigration/refugee law, landlord/tenant, EI, CPP and human rights. We may also assist with preparation of documents, such as statutory declarations.
Areas of Law
We may assist with issues related to:
- Denial, suspensión or cancellation of : Ontario Works , ODSP, GAINS,CPP, CPP-D,OAS,GIS
- Family reunification
- Humanitarian and compassionate application
- Application for permanent residents as a protected person
- Representation before the Human Rights Tribunal
- Employments standards and unemployment insurance
- Legal advice
- Legal representation
If we cannot assist you, we will provide you with a referral to your local legal aid clinic, or any other resource that may be helpful.
Our work is not limited to Consultations. We offer informative workshops every month.
New clients have a telephone line to make legal inquiries in The Legal Assistance Line number is 416-533-0680.
In this line you can make an inquiry and get an appointment if necessary.
Assistance is provided as follows:
· Monday – 1:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. .
· Tuesday – 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
· Wednesday – 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
· Thursday – Closed
· Friday – 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
When can I call the Legal Intake Line?
Our Legal Intake Line is provide is available during this hours:
Mondays & Tuesdays – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Wednesdays & Fridays – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
How can I contact the Legal Clinic if I need information?
If you have a legal inquiry or need information, you need to contact our Legal Intake Line at 416-533-0680.
When you called, our intake worker will take your inquiries and contact information which will be review by one of our staff. We’ll call you back
Please note that the need for legal services for low-income individuals is vast. The legal clinic’s staff work together to provide much needed and high demand services. Unlike other legal clinics that provide legal services only to those living within its geographical boundaries, our clinic does not have a catchment area. During Intakes, we take calls from clients living anywhere from Toronto to North Bay, Ontario. Unfortunately everyone will not be able to get through to our intake line, but we are working hard to answer as many calls as possible.
Can the legal clinic take my case?
While we try to provide legal representation to as many people as possible, we are not able to take on every case for a number of reasons.
1. The clinic does not provide legal services in all areas of the law. Currently we provide legal services in the areas of Immigration, Tenant rights, Workers rights, Social Assistance, Employment Insurance and CPP. We do not provide legal services in the areas of Family Law*, Criminal Law, Small Claims Court matters, Wills and Estates, or Corporate Law.
2. We have limited funding and limited staff and unfortunately can only take on so many cases at any given time.
3. While we recognize that all legal matters are important to our clients, because of our limited funding, we have to prioritize which types of cases we can take on.
Where can I get additional legal assistance?
Please contact your closest legal clinic. There are approximately 72 legal aid clinics in Ontario, each providing a variety of legal services. To find the phone number and addresses of the legal clinic closest to you visit Legal Aid Ontario’s website at www.legalaid.on.ca or call 416-979-1446.
In addition, you can contact the Law Society Referral Service at
The clinic has taken on my case. How do I contact my caseworker?
Once we have taken on your case, your caseworker will provide you with his/her name and contact information. If you would like to speak with your caseworker, please call him/her to set up an appointment. Unfortunately we are not always able to accommodate clients who drop-in without an appointment. It is best to call first.
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