COVID-19 Information Sources

Site: COVID-19 Information Sources

Service: Legal Questions and Services

Description (Service)

Legal Aid Ontario

  • see Client Services during COVID-19 
  • Legal Aid Ontario has suspended all in-person services at all office and court locations 
  • during closure call Client Service Centre at 1-800-668-8258 (Mon-Fri 8 am-5 pm) to apply for legal aid, inquire about application status, and summary legal advice for criminal or family law matters
Advice Lawyer for Family Law and Family Law Information Centres 
  • Legal Aid Ontario has suspended all in-person advice at Family Law Information Centres (FLIC)  
  • Clients can access family advice counsel services in the Central East District by calling new toll free line1-888-616-0119 ext.18 and in the alternative will also be directed to contact the Client Service Centre at 1-800-668-8258 
  • Ontario Superior Court of Justice will only be hearing matters that are deemed urgent in nature 
  • Protocols will be established to have matters filed electronically at the courthouse and hearings to take place by either video or teleconference depending on local availability
Employment and Housing Help 
  • Call Community Legal Clinic Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm at 705-326-6444 or Toll Free 1-800-461-8953 
  • Consult Steps to Justice Housing Law for answers to questions you might have
Emergency Court Services 
  • Criminal and family courts are still open but emergency family matters and criminal matters for clients who are in custody will come first  
  • To find out if your matter is urgent, visit the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice websites or contact your lawyer or legal representative 
  • if you don’t have a lawyer or legal representative, you can now get summary legal advice for your criminal and family matter over the phone without having to qualify, see Summary Legal Advice Services during COVID-19 pandemic
Refugee and Immigration Offices 
  • Refugee and immigration offices are operating by phone only from Mon-Fri 8:30 am -4:30 pm  
  • Toronto Refugee Law Office (GTA, all areas except Hamilton and Ottawa) 
  • Toronto: 416-977-8111 
  • Toll-free: 1-855-854-8111 
  • visit COVID-19 Immigration and Refugee Law
Ontario Review Board 
Consent and Capacity Board 
  • hearings are being held by teleconference but some limited matters will be held by video, further details will be included with your notice of hearing 
  • visit the Consent and Capacity Board website fpr information

Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO)

  • funded by Legal Aid Ontario, the Law Foundation of Ontario and Department of Justice Canada 
  • provides reliable legal information on income assistance, landlord and tenant law, refugee and immigration law, employment law, family law, domestic and elder abuse, education, debt and consumer rights and collection agencies, health and disability, some criminal issues 
  • visit Steps for Justice for online legal information and critical changes or updates to government or court services, supports, laws, and regulations as they relate to COVID-19 
  • visit COVID-19 News Updates from CLEO for up-to-date information on changes in government programs and court services. 
  • live chat available English: Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri 11 am-1 pm, 2 pm-4 pm * Thu 11 am-1 pm, 7 pm-9 pm  
    French: Mon-Fri 11 am-12 noon
Additional Information: 
Service Details
Public Comments For further information, refer to the following reliable information sources: 
Toll-Free Phone Numbers 
  • Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit: 1-877-721-7520 or 705-721-7520  
  • Health Canada's Coronavirus Information Line: 1-833-784-4397
Hours Hours vary
Areas Served Ontario
Eligibility No restrictions
Application Call or visit websites for information
Languages English
Fees None
Address and Location
Located In Community Barrie
Address & Map
Barrie, ON
Physical Access Not Applicable

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