About Us

 

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. There are 75 other legal clinics in Ontario

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. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to let us know how we could improve our services to make them more accessible.

We may be able 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 income 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, your disability has not been accommodated, or you feel you have been taken advantage of by an employer. You can find more information about these topics (in printed English), and others by selecting them under “Legal Information" from the drop-down menu. You can contact us if you are having legal problems, or if you have questions about your rights. If we cannot help you, we will try to refer you to someone who can. Please note that for Family Law or Criminal Law problems we would refer you to Legal Aid Ontario, their toll-free TTY number is 1-866-641-8867.

We try to help make our community better for people who are living on a low income by providing training for other community service providers to make sure that they understand the law. We can also meet with you and members of your group to talk about legal topics. We also work on issues like reducing poverty, creating more affordable housing, and preventing homelessness. We have worked on many special projects over the years trying to build a stronger and healthier community.

We also try to make the law more fair by meeting with politicians to raise concerns. We make presentations to government to build awareness of legal issues that affect people living on a low income. We also challenge existing laws by taking special test cases to court.

 

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