About us

The Centre provides legal information and referral services to all residents of Ontario.

The Ontario Legal Information Centre (the Centre) offers a free 30-minute meeting with a lawyer to any Ontario resident or any person faced with a legal issue in Ontario.

The Centre’s services are confidential and offered in person or by telephone, in French and in English. There are no admissibility criteria and questions can involve any field of law. A person can visit the Centre more than one time depending on their needs.

Services

The Centre offers the following services:
Our mission

Information

General legal information to help you understand your legal situation and learn about your options.
Our mission

Referrals

Referrals to local organizations or resources that could help you resolve your issues.

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The Centre is a welcoming place where you will be listened to and receive essential legal information, learn about your options and create a plan to resolve your legal issues.

The Centre’s lawyers will refer you to other relevant programs, help you better understand your rights, obligations and the legal process, and assist you in making informed decisions regarding your legal situation.

The Centre is guided by respect for diversity and gender equality. Its services are offered to everyone, without regard to gender or other factors. Its mission and mandate are founded on values of social justice, inclusivity and human rights. The Centre reaches out to vulnerable members of our society, such as low-income clients, the elderly, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, women who are victims of violence, immigrants, etc.

Project lead

For over 35 years, the Association of French Speaking Jurists of Ontario (AJEFO) has been dedicated to improving equal access to justice in French in Ontario.

The AJEFO provides the public with the information and tools they need to improve their knowledge of the legal system and their ability to exercise their rights in French.

The AJEFO opened the Centre on January 15, 2015. The Centre’s goal is to improve access to justice and the relationship between the public and the Ontario legal system.

Learn more about the AJEFO

Financing

The Centre was created thanks to the financial contribution of the Department of Justice of Canada as part of the Action Plan for Official Languages 2018-2023: Investing in Our Future.

The AJEFO also thanks the federal government’s financial support through the Ministry of Canadian Heritage.

In person

85 Albert Street, Suite 1400, Ottawa (Ontario) K1P 6A4

By telephone

1-844-343-7462 | 613-842-7462

Hours
Days A.M. P.M. By appointment only
Monday Closed 1 pm to 4 pm Closed
Tuesday 9 am to 12 pm 1 pm to 4 pm Closed
Wednesday 9 am to 12 pm 1 pm to 4 pm 5 pm to 6:30 pm
Thursday 9 am to 12 pm 1 pm to 4 pm Closed
Friday 9 am to 12 pm Closed Closed
The staff has no control over waiting times. To maximize your chances of meeting a lawyer, it is strongly recommended to arrive at least one hour prior to closing time, both at lunchtime and at the end of the day.