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Ottawa, October 9, 2018 

The Ottawa Legal Information Centre will now be known as the Ontario Legal Information Centre. The Centre, which has been offering free services province-wide for several years, is changing its name to better reflect its geographical span.

Whether located in Toronto, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Cornwall, or anywhere in between, any person facing a legal issue in Ontario can use the Centre’s services. There are no admissibility criteria. With its new name, the Centre hopes to reach more people.

Access to the Centre’s services was improved in 2016 with the introduction of the toll-free phone line, which allows any resident of Ontario to reach the Centre free of charge by dialing 1-844-343-7462.

 

More than 7,600 people helped since grand opening

The Centre’s lawyers witness the ever-growing need for access to legal information daily, specifically due to the number of people who do not have legal representation. The Centre has helped over 7,600 people in both official languages since opening in January 2015. 

The number of visits at the Centre has also increased. In 2017-2018, the Centre helped 2,840 people in person or by phone – a 56% increase compared to the previous year.

 

A better website for better results

The Ontario Legal Information Centre’s website was recently revamped to better inform its users. “We wanted better explain our services and make the Centre even more accessible to people who are wondering about a meeting or if they can get help in a specific area of law”, explains Alexandra Waite, Assistant Director General of the Ontario Legal Information Centre. The Centre’s lawyers offer legal information in all areas of law – from family law to wills and estates, employment law to litigation, or immigration law to small claims, to name but a few.

The Centre offers a free 30-minute meeting with a lawyer to anyone facing a legal issue. The lawyer provides legal information and steers Ontarians toward the appropriate local and provincial resources. Information, referral and support services are offered in English and in French, in person or by telephone, on a confidential basis.

The Ottawa Legal Information Centre is an initiative of the Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario (AJEFO). The AJEFO would like to thank the Department of Justice Canada for its financial support by means of the Action Plan for Official Languages – 2018-2023: Investing in Our Future. The AJEFO also acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.

 

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For more information:

Ms. Mathilde Hountchégnon, Communications Manager

Ontario Legal Information Centre |Centre d’information juridique de l’Ontario

613-842-7462 ext. 229 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

@InfoJuridiqueON |@LegalInfoON