Advocacy and Legal Resources

BC Human Rights Clinic

The BC Human Rights Clinic is operated by the Community Legal Assistance Society and funded by the BC Ministry of Justice. The Clinic provides free representation to complainants who have cases before the BC Human Rights Tribunal on a province-wide basis. If accepted, you will be assigned an Advocate to assist you through the early stages of your complaint. Advocates will advise you as to the Tribunal process, work with you to develop and prepare required documentation (including on any preliminary applications), deal with deadlines, and represent you at any settlement meetings. Although most cases settle, should the matter not settle or be dismissed on a preliminary basis, a lawyer will be assigned to work with and represent you through all remaining stages of the proceedings, including with respect to preparation for and attendance at any hearing.

Drop-In and Triage Clinic:

Held weekly in Vancouver to:

  • inform and educate members of the public seeking human rights information;
  • assist in completion of BC Human Rights Tribunal complaint forms;
  • provide an initial evaluation of complaints;
  • provide information on options available to resolve human rights issues including early dispute resolution alternatives;
  • provide referrals to other services as appropriate; and
  • where appropriate, provide access to clinic lawyers that can provide limited legal advice respecting straightforward legal issues, including in relation to execution of settlement agreements and releases.

When - Mondays between 9:30 am and 4:00 pm (excluding Statutory Holidays)

Where - The Monday Drop-In and Triage Clinic is held at the BC Human Rights Tribunal - 12th Floor, 605 Robson Street, Vancouver BC (corner of Robson and Seymour)

How - Come to the Tribunal after 9:00 am on Monday and sign up (first come, first served) for a 30 minute time slot with a clinic advocate.

Suite 300 - 1140 West Pender Street
Vancouver, BC V6E 4G1
Phone: 604-622-1100
Toll Free: 1-855-685-6222
Fax: 604.685.7611

http://bchrc.net

The Law Centre

The Law Centre provides advice, assistance and representation to clients who cannot afford a lawyer. Thousands of persons living in the Capital Regional District are served annually. The Law Centre also provides legal education programs to the public. Examples of cases dealt with at The Law Centre include:

  • Criminal matters
  • Divorce, support and other family law matters
  • Human rights complaints
  • Civil disputes
  • Hearings before administrative tribunals dealing with matters such as:
    • Employment insurance
    • Welfare, landlord and tenant disputes
    • Canada Pension Plan

With respect to BC human rights complaints, the Law Centre will assist Complainants from the Capital Regional District who contact or are referred to it for assistance in filing a human rights complaint. It will also help Respondents who reside in the Capital Regional District who have been notified that a complaint under the Human Rights Code has been filed against them. The Law Centre will help Complainants and Respondents with understanding the Human Rights Code and the Human Rights Tribunal process, preparing an initial complaint or reply, mediating the complaint with or without involvement of the Human Rights Tribunal, and representing the Complainants or Respondents at Tribunal hearings as required.

Office Hours:

Switchboard hours: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily

Interviews for new clients:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday:
9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Please call for an appointment: 250-385-1221

Suite 225 - 850 Burdett Avenue
Victoria, BC, V8W 0C7
Phone: 250-385-1221
Toll free: 1-866-385-1221
Fax: 250-385-1226
http://thelawcentre.ca/

Aboriginal Legal Aid in BC

The Legal Services Society (Legal Aid) has an informational website, Aboriginal Legal Aid in BC, available for anyone who self-identifies as Aboriginal. This includes: status and non-status, First Nations, Inuit and Métis. The website is also for people living on and off reserve. In addition, Aboriginal legal services are available through Aboriginal community legal workers.

Aboriginal community legal workers are available to provide legal information and limited advice services. Aboriginal community legal workers are Legal Services Society (LSS) staff who can:

  • explain the legal process and other options such as mediation
  • attend court with you
  • help you prepare forms and letters
  • participate in negotiations
  • give referrals to other services

An Aboriginal community legal worker is available in the following communities:
Duncan:

Khowutzen Cultural Centre

200 Cowichan Way
Duncan, BC V9L 3Y1
Phone: 250-748-1160
Toll-free: 1-800-578-8511
Hours: Wed: 1pm to 4pm / Thu and Fri: 8am to 4pm

Nanaimo:

Justice Access Centre

302 - 65 Front Street
Nanaimo, BC V9R 5H9
Phone: 250-741-5529
Toll-free: 1-800-578-8511
Hours: Tue: 8am to 12pm

Tillicum Haus Health Centre

602 Haliburton Street
Nanaimo, BC V9R 4W5
Phone: 250-753-6578
Toll-free: 1-800-578-8511
Hours: Tue: 1pm to 4pm

Email (for general inquiries only): aboriginal@lss.bc.ca
http://aboriginal.legalaid.bc.ca

Access Pro Bono Society of British Columbia

Access Pro Bono's mission is to promote access to justice in BC by providing and fostering quality pro bono legal services for people and non-profit organizations of limited means.

300 - 845 Cambie Street
Vancouver, BC
Canada V6B 4Z9
Client Line: 604-878-7400
Toll free: 1-877-762-6664
Fax Line: 604.893.8934
E-mail: help@accessprobono.ca
http://accessprobono.ca/

Clicklaw

Clicklaw is a website aimed at enhancing access to justice in British Columbia. It features legal information and education, but it is not a site of laws. Instead, Clicklaw features legal information and education designed for the public from over 25 contributor organizations, as well as selected others.

http://www.clicklaw.bc.ca/

Dial-A-Law

Dial-A-Law is a library of scripts prepared by lawyers. You can listen to these free scripts over the phone or on the Internet, or read them on the Dial-A-Law website. Dial-A-Law offers general information, but not legal advice, on a variety of legal topics applicable to British Columbia.
Use Dial-A-Law if you have a legal problem and want:

  • practical information on the law involved,
  • to find out about your legal rights and responsibilities, or
  • to learn more about the law and the legal system in BC.

To listen to Dial-A-Law scripts at any time

Phone: 604-687-4680 or 1-800-565-5297

http://www.familylaw.lss.bc.ca/help/who_DialALaw.php

Justice Access Centres

The justice access centres are the place to go when you need help with family and civil law issues that affect your everyday life, such as separation or divorce, income security, employment, housing or debt. They have the information and services you need to find solutions to your problems.

There are justice access centres in Nanaimo, Vancouver and Victoria.

The centres are wheelchair accessible and family friendly. In some situations, an interpreter can be arranged.

Vancouver Justice Access Centre
290- 800 Hornby Street
Robson Square,
Vancouver, BC V6Z 2C5
Phone: 604-660-2084
Toll Free: Call Enquiry B.C. toll free from outside Vancouver at1-800-663-7867 and ask to be connected to 604-660-2084.

Hours:

Monday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday 8:00 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Wednesday 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Please note the self-help and information services area of the Vancouver Justice Access Centre is open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please come in person. Self-help and information services are not available by telephone.

Victoria Justice Access Centre
225 - 850 Burdett Avenue
Victoria, B.C. V8W 1B4
Phone: 250-356-7012
Toll Free: Call Enquiry BC toll-free from outside Victoria at 1-800-663-7867 and ask to be connected to 250 356-7012

Hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Resource Room Hours:

Tuesday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Every second Monday

Hours are subject to change depending on the availability of staff. Please phone first.

Nanaimo Justice Access Centre
302 - 65 Front St.
Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 5H9
Phone: 250-741-5447
Toll Free: 1-800-578-8511

Hours:

Monday to Friday

8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/justice/about-bcs-justice-system/jac

Lawyer Referral

The Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) is funded by the Law Foundation of British Columbia and operated by the Canadian Bar Association British Columbia Branch (CBABC). The LRS program enables the public to access lawyers and provides the opportunity to have a consultation with a lawyer for up to 30 minutes for a fee of $25 plus tax.

Lawyers voluntarily join the service so not all lawyers in British Columbia are registered on the LRS program. After the consultation, the fees to be charged are strictly between the lawyer and the client. The lawyer is not obliged to accept the applicant's case and the applicant is under no obligation to retain the lawyer. Services are available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Phone: 604-687-3221 or 1-800-663-1919

http://www.cbabc.org/For-the-Public/Lawyer-Referral-Service

Legal Services Society (Legal Aid)

The Legal Services Society (LSS) is a non-profit organization created by the LSS Act in 1979 to provide legal information, advice, and representation services to people with low incomes. LSS' priority is to serve the interests of people with low incomes. But many of their services are available to all British Columbians.

LSS has helped British Columbians with:

  • serious family problems,
  • child protection matters,
  • immigration issues, and
  • criminal law issues.

They do this by providing a range of services that help people resolve their legal problems. They determine the services they offer as part of their obligations under the LSS Act. Their services are offered at legal aid locations throughout the province.

400 - 510 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 3A8
Phone: 604-408-2172
Toll Free: 1-866-577-2525
http://www.lss.bc.ca/

Aboriginal Legal Aid in BC

The Legal Services Society (Legal Aid) has an informational website, Aboriginal Legal Aid in BC, available for anyone who self-identifies as Aboriginal. This includes: status and non-status, First Nations, Inuit and Métis. The website is also for people living on and off reserve.

Aboriginal community legal workers provide legal information and limited advice services. Aboriginal community legal workers are Legal Services Society (LSS) staff who can:

  • explain the legal process and other options such as mediation
  • attend court with you
  • help you prepare forms and letters
  • participate in negotiations
  • talk on your behalf to:
  • give referrals to other services

An Aboriginal community legal worker is available in the following communities:

Duncan:

Khowutzen Cultural Centre

200 Cowichan Way
Duncan, BC V9L 3Y1
Phone: 250-748-1160
Toll-free: 1-800-578-8511
Hours: Wed: 1pm to 4pm / Thu and Fri: 8am to 4pm

Nanaimo:

Justice Access Centre

302 - 65 Front Street
Nanaimo, BC V9R 5H9
Phone: 250-741-5529
Toll-free: 1-800-578-8511
Hours: Tue: 8am to 12pm

Tillicum Haus Health Centre

602 Haliburton Street
Nanaimo, BC V9R 4W5
Phone: 250-753-6578
Toll-free: 1-800-578-8511
Hours: Tue: 1pm to 4pm

Email (for general inquiries only): aboriginal@lss.bc.ca
http://aboriginal.legalaid.bc.ca)

Mental Health Law Program

The Mental Health Law Program (MHLP) provides essential legal advice and representation to those who have been involuntarily detained pursuant to the B.C. Mental Health Act or to those who have custody or conditional discharge orders pursuant to the mental disorder provisions of the Criminal Code of Canada.

Suite 300 - 1140 West Pender Street
Vancouver, BC V6E 4G1
Phone: 604-685-3425 or 1-888-685-6222
Fax: 604-685-7611
http://www.clasbc.net/

MS Volunteer Legal Advocacy Program (VLAP)

VLAP assists people affected by multiple sclerosis in BC and the Yukon address legal challenges with the help of lay volunteers and lawyers who provide pro-bono legal advice or representation. VLAP provides information about advocacy and legal topics, including income security, human rights, and government resources. Information is provided by telephone, email or in-person at our Burnaby office.

Referral to a lawyer for advice or representation is primarily available in larger communities and is based on financial need. Clients need to provide income information prior to be considered for this aspect of VLAP. If they are unable to assist you with your specific advocacy or legal challenge, they will try to connect you to other available resources in your community. Services are available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

4720 Kingsway, Suite 1103, Metrotower II
Burnaby, British Columbia, V5H 4N2
Phone: 604-689-3144

Toll free: 1-800-268-7582

info.bc@mssociety.ca
https://beta.mssociety.ca/

UBC Law Student Legal Advice Program

LSLAP is a non-profit society run by law students at the University of British Columbia. They provide free legal advice and representation to clients who would otherwise be unable to afford legal assistance. Clinics are located throughout the Lower Mainland. Services are available Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Room 129, Allard Hall
1822 East Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
Phone: 604-822-5791
Fax: 604-822-1661
http://www.lslap.bc.ca/

Vancouver Island Human Rights Coalition (VIHRC)

VIHRC is a non-profit community organization governed by an elected board of directors, and functions as a coordinating collective. VIHRC's mission is to promote and strengthen local human rights in BC through advocacy, by promoting research and education, and by connecting people with resources through referrals.

Through their Human Rights Advocacy Program, VIHRC serves people from Greater Victoria as well as other communities on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. VIHRC strives to offer anti-oppressive services for people who have experienced discrimination.

VIHRC's primary focus is assisting people who wish to file a Human Rights Complaint with the BC Human Rights Tribunal. They assist people in understanding how the BC Human Rights Tribunal works and in crafting their initial applications to the Tribunal. Although VIHRC does not provide legal representation, they can help connect complainants with other resources and provide unrepresented complainants with support and guidance as their complaints advance through the Tribunal process.

418-620 View Street
Victoria, BC V8W 1J6
Phone: 250-382-3012
Fax: 250-380-7311
contactvihrc@gmail.com
http://vihrc.org/