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Below are the projects that we recommend, based on your experience and preferred location. Select the project(s) you wish to volunteer with by marking their respective checkboxes. You can volunteer for more than one project at a time.
Free Legal Advice Hotline (Toronto)

Summary

The Free Legal Advice Hotline provides free summary advice and legal assistance to low-income individuals across the province. Volunteers use state of the art technology including document generation, knowledge management, and machine-learning predictive software to help at-need Ontarians with their legal issues.

Consultations are approximately 30 minutes in length, and cover the following areas of law:
  • Civil Litigation (including Small Claims Court)
  • Consumer Protection
  • Corporate Law (including Non-profit and Charity Law)
  • Employment Law
  • Housing Law (including Residential Tenancy Law)
  • Wills and Estates Law
Volunteers can choose the areas of law they assist with. Prior experience with the above areas is recommended but not mandatory.

Location


90 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 900

Toronto, Ontario  M4P 2Y3



Commitment


One full day session every 3 months.

 

PBO engages in routine quarterly scheduling for this program. When we start scheduling for a quarter, you will receive an e-mail asking for your preferred/unavailable dates or if you need to skip volunteering for the quarter. If you do not reply to the e-mail, we will book you for the session where we have the greatest need of a volunteer.

Free Legal Advice Hotline (Toronto) - Volunteer Session Date Preference

Please select two dates that you would prefer to have as your first volunteer session. We will contact you if those dates are not available.


Free Legal Advice Hotline (Ottawa)

Summary

The Free Legal Advice Hotline provides free summary advice and legal assistance to low-income individuals across the province. Volunteers use state of the art technology including document generation, knowledge management, and machine-learning predictive software to help at-need Ontarians with their legal issues.

Consultations are approximately 30 minutes in length, and cover the following areas of law:
  • Civil Litigation (including Small Claims Court)
  • Consumer Protection
  • Corporate Law (including Non-profit and Charity Law)
  • Employment Law
  • Housing Law (including Residential Tenancy Law)
  • Wills and Estates Law
Volunteers can choose the areas of law they assist with. Prior experience with the above areas is recommended but not mandatory.


Location


161 Elgin Street, Room 5027

Ottawa, Ontario  K2P 2K1



Commitment


One full day session every 3 months.

 

PBO engages in routine quarterly scheduling for this program. When we start scheduling for a quarter, you will receive an e-mail asking for your preferred/unavailable dates or if you need to skip volunteering for the quarter. If you do not reply to the e-mail, we will book you for the session where we have the greatest need of a volunteer.

Court-Based Help Centre (Toronto Superior Court)

Summary

PBO's Court-Based Help Centres provide free summary advice and legal assistance to low-income self-represented individuals. This location assists with civil matters before the Superior Court of Justice and is located in the same building as the Toronto Superior Court.

Consultations are provided on a first-come, first-serve basis and are approximately 30 minutes in length. At the Help Centre, self-represented individuals also have access to form completion software, legal information guidebooks, and referrals to other organizations.


Location


393 University Avenue, Suite 110

Toronto, Ontario  M5G 1E6



Commitment


One full day session every 3 months.

 

PBO engages in routine quarterly scheduling for this program. When we start scheduling for a quarter, you will receive an e-mail asking for your preferred/unavailable dates or if you need to skip volunteering for the quarter. If you do not reply to the e-mail, we will book you for the session where we have the greatest need of a volunteer.

Court-Based Help Centre (Toronto Small Claims Court)

Summary

PBO's Court-Based Help Centres provide free summary advice and legal assistance to low-income self-represented individuals. This location assists with Small Claims Court matters and is located right beside the front desk of the Toronto Small Claims Court.

Consultations are provided on a first-come, first-serve basis and are approximately 30 minutes in length. At the Help Centre, self-represented individuals also have access to form completion software, legal information guidebooks, and referrals to other organizations. On occasion, volunteers may also be asked to act as duty counsel and assist self-represented individuals at Small Claims Court motions, settlement conferences, and trials.


Location


47 Sheppard Avenue East, Room 305

Toronto, Ontario  M2N 5N1



Commitment


One full day session every 3 months.

 

PBO engages in routine quarterly scheduling for this program. When we start scheduling for a quarter, you will receive an e-mail asking for your preferred/unavailable dates or if you need to skip volunteering for the quarter. If you do not reply to the e-mail, we will book you for the session where we have the greatest need of a volunteer.

Court-Based Help Centre (Ottawa Courthouse)

Summary

PBO's Court-Based Help Centres provide free summary advice and legal assistance to low-income self-represented individuals. This location assists with civil matters before the Superior Court of Justice and the Small Claims Court and is located right inside the Ottawa courthouse.

Consultations are provided on a first-come, first-serve basis and are approximately 30 minutes in length. At the Help Centre, self-represented individuals also have access to form completion software, legal information guidebooks, and referrals to other organizations. On occasion, volunteers may also be asked to act as duty counsel and assist self-represented individuals at Small Claims Court motions, settlement conferences, and trials.


Location


161 Elgin Street, Room 5027

Ottawa, Ontario  K2P 2K1



Commitment


One full day session every 3 months.

 

PBO engages in routine quarterly scheduling for this program. When we start scheduling for a quarter, you will receive an e-mail asking for your preferred/unavailable dates or if you need to skip volunteering for the quarter. If you do not reply to the e-mail, we will book you for the session where we have the greatest need of a volunteer.

Education Law Project

Summary

The Education Law Project provides free legal help for caregivers whose children face challenges to their rights in school related to accommodating special needs/disabilities; unfair expulsions, suspensions, exclusions, and transfers; being denied the right to attend school; and bulling/harassment. Volunteers help to:
  • Provide information and advice for caregivers
  • Represent students in their dealings with school administrators
  • Represent students at tribunals or hearings

Location

This project is not based in a particular location. Requests from students and their caregivers are made throughout Ontario.


Commitment

One matter per year.


Unaccompanied Minors Project

Summary

The Unaccompanied Minors Project provides free assistance to unaccompanied minors who arrive at Ontario’s points of entry seeking refugee protection. These children are often fleeing war, persecution, and other difficult circumstances, and are in dire need of support as they try to navigate Canada’s immigration and refugee system. 

Utilizing their legal experience, volunteer lawyers take on the role of designated representative for these unaccompanied minors in order to assist in protecting the interests of the child. As designated representatives, volunteers:
  • Help minors retain counsel as required
  • Help provide instruction to counsel
  • Guide and advise the child on different stages of the refugee application process
  • Assist in gathering evidence

Location

This project is not based in a particular location. However, both unaccompanied minors and their scheduled admissibility/refugee protection hearings are typically in the Greater Toronto Area.


Commitment

One matter per year.
Appeals Assistance Project

Summary

The Appeals Assistance Project is a matching program that assists self-represented individuals who are appealing or responding to an appeal before the Divisional Court or the Ontario Court of Appeal. Volunteers help review cases and assess whether an appeal has a reasonable chance of success; if so, volunteers then have the option of taking on the matter and assisting the client with the appeal on a pro bono basis.


Location

This project is not based in a particular location. Requests from self-represented individuals are made throughout Ontario.


Commitment

One to two merit assessments per year. Volunteers are not required to take on a set number of appeals.


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