Where can I find help?

INDEPENDENT LEGAL ADVICE PILOT PROGRAM 

Sexual assault survivors 16 years and older, living in Toronto, Ottawa, and Thunder Bay, may receive up to four hours of free legal advice any time after the incident happened. To access the pilot program you must fill out and submit a voucher request form which is accessible on the website. 

You can also call the toll free line: 1-855-226-3904 

Or, if you live in Toronto and identify as a woman or non-binary and would benefit from a women-centred space, you also have the option to access the Barbara Schlifer Clinic: 416-323-9149.

Website: www.ontario.ca/legaladvice 

LEGAL AID ONTARIO 

Sexual assault survivors are entitled to receive advice and representation when a lawyer requests access to their private records during a criminal court proceeding. To apply for a legal aid certificate, which outlines the services legal aid will provide, individuals must contact Legal Aid Ontario. 

Greater Toronto Area: 416 979-1446 

Toll-free: 1 800 668-8258

Website: www.legalaid.on.ca 

COMMUNITY LEGAL CLINIC 

Community legal clinics provide free legal services to individuals who meet their financial eligibility requirements. Most community legal clinics are located in specific geographic communities. Some community legal clinics will assist individuals with Criminal Injuries Compensation Board Application. Individuals should contact a community legal clinic directly to see if their legal problem can be addressed by the clinic and if they qualify financially for their services. 

To find a local community legal clinic: Website: www.legalaid.on.ca 

(Click on “Getting Legal Help” and then “community legal clinic program” in the text) 

LAWYER REFERRAL SERVICE 

The Law Society Referral Service (LSRS) helps individuals find a lawyer to assist them with their particular legal problem. The service can also help find a lawyer who meets specific requirements such as speaking a certain language or accepting Legal Aid certificates. Individuals calling the LRS will be provided with the name of a lawyer who will provide the individual with a free consultation of up to 30 minutes. 

Toll-free: 1-855-947-5255 

Website: https://lsrs.lsuc.on.ca/lsrs/