Services in Ontario - Discrimination at work

Ontario Ministry of Labour’s – Employment Standards Information Centre

Website

https://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/feedback/

Contact Information

Phone 416-326-7160 Toll-free 1-800-531-5551 TTY 1-866-567-8893

The information centre is a telephone line that gives general information about the Employment Standard Act. They don’t give legal advice.

Workers’ Action Centre

Website

http://workersactioncentre.org/

Contact Information

Phone 416-531-0778

The centre gives workers free information and advice. Call them to get:

  • information about your rights at work
  • help figuring out how to deal with an employment problem

The Human Rights Legal Support Centre (HRLSC)

Website

http://www.hrlsc.on.ca/en/home

Contact Information

Phone 416-597-4900 Toll-free 1-866-625-5179 TTY 416-597-4903 Toll-free TTY 1-866 612-8627

The centre gives free legal information and advice to people who have experienced discrimination. They can:

  • help you fill out an application to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario
  • give legal advice about how to deal with discrimination
  • provide legal representation at mediations and hearings, in some situations

They have an online tool that can help you figure out if your situation might be discrimination.

Community legal clinics

During the COVID-19 situation, many community legal clinics are no longer meeting with people in person, but will provide services over the phone. Call ahead for more information.

Legal Aid Ontario funds community legal clinics across Ontario to give free legal services to people with low incomes. Lawyers, community legal workers, and law students can help people with some legal problems, like social assistance, housing, and workers’ rights.

To get help from a clinic:

  • your legal issue must be one the clinic deals with
  • you must live in the area the clinic serves
  • you must have a low income

Most clinics also give brief advice or what’s called “summary advice”, without asking about your financial situation. If your local clinic can’t help you, they may be able to refer you to someone in your community who can.

The 519 Legal Clinic

Website

http://www.the519.org/programs/legal-clinic

Contact Information

Phone 416-392-6874

In Toronto, the 519 is an agency committed to the health, happiness and full participation of the LGBTQ2S communities. This includes services for:

  • families and children 
  • counseling
  • housing 
  • education and training 
  • newcommers 
  • youth

 

Law Society Referral Service

The Law Society of Ontario has on online Law Society Referral Service that gives you the name of a lawyer or licensed paralegal who will give free legal advice for up to 30 minutes in any area of law.

If you can’t wait for a legal representative to call you back, or if you don’t have a call-back number, email lsrs@lso.ca. Or, if you’re in crisis or in custody, call 1-855-947-5255 or 416-947-5255, Monday to Friday, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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