Criminal Law

Have you been charged with a crime? Have you been denied legal aid? We may be able to help. Visit our criminal law page to read more able the kinds of cases we can take on.

Family Law

Do you need advice about custody and access? Questions about child support? DLS may be able to assist. To find out more about these services, visit our family law page.

Refugee and Immigration Law

Have you made a refugee claim? Do you need help filing a Pre-Removal Risk Assessment or Humanitarian & Compassionate Grounds application? We may be able to help.

Housing Law

Are you a tenant in rental housing? Is your landlord trying to evict you? Does your apartment need repair? We may be able to help.

University Affairs

Are you a student at the University of Toronto? Have you been charged with an academic offence? Do you need advice about an academic appeal? Read more about our services for students to see if we can assist.

Employment Law

Lost your job?  Treated unfairly at work?  Problems with your employer?  We may be able to assist you.

Legal Education Workshops

We provide plain language workshops on a variety of legal topics. To request a workshop or learn more about our PLE program, contact us.


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COVID-19 Update

Downtown Legal Services will be closed to members of the public during the City of Toronto lock-down (beginning November 23, 2020). If you require legal assistance, please call our intake line at 416-978-6447.

COVID-19 Precautions

Downtown Legal Services is open to members of the public by appointment only. Support staff will be on site and available to receive service of documents only on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Everyone entering Downtown Legal Services is required to wear a mask. Clients will need to wear a mask during appointments or when dropping off items. This policy also applies to vendors, suppliers, and contractors.

COVID-19 may be spread by people who do not have any symptoms. This is why we are asking you to wear a mask.

If you feel ill, have been in close contact with someone who is sick or has confirmed COVID-19 in the past 14 days, or have returned from travel outside Canada in the past 14 days, please do not come to the clinic.

Black & Indigenous Lives Matter

DLS stands in solidarity with the Black community and protestors around the world in raising our voices against anti-Black racism and police brutality.  The murder of George Floyd and the suspicious death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet are the latest in devastatingly long list of Black people’s lives that have been damaged and extinguished by police and other state actors.  These actions are not just the random acts of individual perpetrators, rather they are the product of and enabled by centuries of systemic oppression and institutional racism. 

We acknowledge the role of law as a tool of state oppression and control.  As a legal clinic and law school program, we recognise that we have much work to do internally to identify and confront how unconscious bias and racism shape the ways in which we think about, teach and practice law.  We accept and welcome the difficult conversations this commitment brings, for it is through these discussions that we will be challenged to do better.

In our work, we see daily the differential impact of the law on our clients – particularly racialized clients.  We will work to strengthen our relationships with key community agencies and advocacy groups to better under the gaps in service for Black and Indigenous people and to create stronger pathways for directed referrals.

As a part of the broader University of Toronto community, DLS is bound by the University’s Statement on Equity, Diversity and Excellence.  We strive to create an inclusive, welcoming environment for our staff, students and our clients.  We understand that a critical piece of this commitment is valuing and promoting diversity within DLS and are committed to prioritizing diversity in future hiring processes. 

We understand that it is our responsibility to educate ourselves on anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism.  We are profoundly grateful for the leadership and commitment of so many valued community partners for sharing their wisdom, knowledge, and expertise.  Their voices, not ours, should be at the forefront of this conversation.  We encourage you to visit their websites and support their work.

Aboriginal Legal Services

Black Legal Action Centre

Black Lives Matter Toronto

Black Health Alliance

 

 

We are grateful for the funding provided by Legal Aid Ontario, the Law Foundation of Ontario, the Faculty of Law and students at the University of Toronto.