Can You Get Free Legal Advice in Canada?


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Low income Canadians can get free legal advice and services through legal aid programs, which are open to low income Canadians and permanent residents who cannot otherwise afford legal services. Each province or territory operates its own local legal aid program, according to the Government of Canada information webpage on legal assistance.

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Provincial legal aid programs can offer a variety of different services, including providing consultation and legal services for child custody cases, child and spousal support, visitation rights, pension issues, immigration cases, human rights, employment issues, Worker's Compensation and housing issues. Canadians and permanent residents seeking legal aid services can find local legal aid branches through their local phone books, provincial legal aid websites or through provincial branches of the Canadian Bar Association.

Free legal information is also available through resources such as provincial courthouse libraries, the Canadian Bar Association, the Justice Education Society, the Legal Services Society or the public library, according to the Canadian Bar Association British Columbia branch website.

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