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Resources for Self-Represented Litigants

A curated list of resources that offer free or subsidized legal information and services. This resource is meant to guide self-represented litigants to sources that will help them make informed decisions concerning their legal situation.

Housing - Legal Services and Assistance

  • The 519 Legal Advice Clinic for 2SLGBTQ+ Communities - Free remote summary advice for 2SLGBTQ+ communities. Consultation offered on lease agreements, eviction notices, discrimination before & during tenancy, landlord-tenant issues, dealing with the Landlord & Tenant Board, etc.
  • Tenant Duty Counsel Program (Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario) - The TDCP is a program of ACTO, a walk-in service available at Landlord and Tenant Board hearing locations across Ontario. TDCP staff provide advice, legal assistance, resources, and referrals to unrepresented tenants on the day of their hearing at the Landlord and Tenant Board. They also provide advice to tenants who have been illegally locked out or who have sheriff notices or eviction orders.
  • Canadian Centre for Housing Rights - CCHR provides free, individualized services to renters in Ontario who are facing challenges in their housing, including no-fault evictions, above-guideline rent increases, and housing maintenance applications.
  • Human Rights Legal Support Centre - The HRLSC can help you if you need legal advice or assistance with respect to a matter covered by the Ontario Human Rights Code.
  • Parkdale Community Legal Services - Housing Rights - PCLS caseworkers help to ensure that tenant rights are respected. Depending on case specifics, PCLS caseworkers can gather and assess evidence, write demand letters to landlords, negotiate agreements, or represent tenants at the Landlord & Tenant Board.
  • TNG (The Neighborhood Group) Community Services - TNG provides vital housing support services for socially isolated people to help them find new housing, prevent eviction, and assist with other housing issues. It runs the Eviction Prevention in the Community (EPIC) program, which provides wrap-around services that prevent people from getting to the point of eviction and works with tenants and landlords to develop effective solutions for everyone involved.
  • West Toronto Community Legal Services - Housing Help Services - Non-profit community-based legal clinic and housing help service provider funded by Legal Aid Ontario and the City of Toronto. It provides free legal services to low-income people living in West Toronto, and can assist with searches for housing (including subsidized & specialized housing) within the West end. It also provides case management for people with complex needs and an unstable housing situation.
  • York Region Housing Mediation Services - Designed to help housing providers (landlords, housing co-ops, supportive housing organizations) and occupants (tenants, co-op members, residents) resolve conflicts through free, confidential, and voluntary mediation services.