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 (email@example.com),
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 ourDeaf
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.
This site provides general information
only, specific to Ontario, Canada. It is NOT legal advice.
Please call us or a lawyer in your area for advice on your particular
situation. Visit the
Legal Aid Ontario site to find a clinic in your area.