About Our Legal Information

 

The Community Advocacy & Legal Centre (CALC) is a non-profit community legal clinic.  We give free legal help to people living on a low income and living in Hastings, Prince Edward or Lennox & Addington counties in Eastern Ontario, Canada.

You will find legal information on our website to help you if you are having trouble with your rental housing or your income from social assistance programs like Ontario Works, Ontario Disability Support Program, Canada Pension, or from work. We may also be able to help you if you are a victim of abuse or violent crime, you believe your human rights have been violated, or you feel you have been taken advantage of by an employer. You can find more information about these and other topics by selecting them under the “Legal Information” menu. You can contact us if you are having legal problems, or if you have questions about your rights.

On each “Legal Information” page, you will find three categories along the side: “The Law”, “FAQs”, and “Links”.

On each “The Law” page you will find links to the actual laws that apply to the legal issue you are reading about. For example, on the Housing Law page you will find a link to the Residential Tenancies Act, which is the main law that covers tenants’ rights and obligations in Ontario.  Also on “The Law” page you will also find information about which courts or tribunals make decisions in those areas. For example, on the Housing Law page you will find a link to the Landlord and Tenant Board, which is the tribunal that resolves disputes between landlords and tenants in Ontario.

On the “FAQs” page, you will find a list of the most frequently asked questions we receive about each legal topic, with answers for each question.

On the “Links” page, you will find links to other agencies that we think can help you. For example, our Human Rights Links page has a link to ARCH Disability Law Centre’s website. ARCH is a specialty legal clinic that serves all of Ontario and focuses on helping people with disabilities.

If you are looking for information about legal topics that we do not help with, you will find links to more resources under the “Links” menu at the top of the page. This menu includes links for Family Law, Wills, and other areas of law where we do not provide legal help. It also has a link to our “Where Else to Go for Help” chart, which will help you find legal or advocacy help when our legal clinic or Legal Aid can’t help you. Some examples include, where to go if you don’t have a birth certificate, how to get an affidavit signed, where to go if you are having debt problems, or how to make a complaint against a professional like a doctor or dentist.

For more information about how to navigate our website, please watch our “About This Website” video (in ASL).

Our main office in Belleville is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and is located at 158 George Street.  Our satellite offices in Bancroft, Madoc, Napanee, Quinte West and Picton are open by appointment only. You can contact us using our TTY number (613-966-8714), our email address (calc@lao.on.ca), or Bell Relay Service. We can give information and advice over the TTY, Bell Relay Service, or by email. If you need to meet with us in person at our Belleville office or at one of our satellite offices, our intake staff can arrange for interpreters Canadian Hearing Society for your meeting with legal workers. For more information, you can visit our Deaf Services page from the “Services” drop-down menu.

 

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