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Canadian Bar Association "Our Court System and Solving Disputes" offers information describing our court system and ways to resolve legal disputes without going to court. www.cbabc.org/For-the-Public/Dial-A-Law
Clicklaw A website with legal information and education from across BC. The resources available through Clicklaw are designed to be used by the public. www.clicklaw.bc.ca
Dial-A-Law Has brief legal information on over 130 topics, available in English, Chinese and Punjabi. Dial-A-Law is a free service of the Canadian Bar Association, British Columbia branch. You can listen on the telephone or online. You can also read the information online. Phone: 604-687-4680

Phone toll-free: 1-800-565-5297
www.dialalaw.org

Family Law in BC Family Law in BC is a website that provides information and resources on a wide range of family law issues. It is produced by the Legal Services Society. www.familylaw.lss.bc.ca
ImmigrantLegal.ca ImmigrantLegal.ca provides free legal information and education on legal topics for newcomers to Canada and the people working with them. The website is a project of the Immigrant Public Legal Education and Information Consortium. It is managed by the Justice Education Society www.immigrantlegal.ca
JusticeBC This is the website of the BC Ministry of Justice, which is responsible for managing the justice system in BC. The website provides information on a wide range of legal topics and describes the government services available to help you. www.justicebc.ca
Justice Education Society The Court Information Program for Immigrants provides free legal information to new immigrants and refugees. All content on the website is available in English, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Hindi.

Your Human Rights in BC is a series of five videos – available in English, Mandarin and Punjabi – which teaches immigrants about human rights in BC and Canada. Discrimination occurs when someone treats you differently based on your personal characteristics.
Courts of BC is a website that uses information and videos to describe the structure and function of BC’s courts: Provincial Court, Supreme Court and Court of Appeal.
Administrative Law BC - Early Resolution is a website that explains what tribunals are and how they work.

www.justiceeducation.ca/programs/court-information-program-immigrants

www.justiceeducation.ca/resources/human-rights-in-bc
www.courtsofbc.ca
www.adminlawbc.ca

Lawyer Referral Service This service can help you find a lawyer who will meet with you for 30 minutes for $25. Phone: 604-687-3221

Phone toll-free: 1-800-663-1919
cbabc.org/For-the-Public/Lawyer-Referral-Service

Legal Services Society of BC You may be able to get free legal help (legal aid) if:
  • your legal problem is covered by legal aid rules,
  • your income and the value of your property are below a certain limit, and
  • you have no other way of getting legal help.

The Legal Services Society also has free booklets on legal topics in English and many other languages.

Phone: 604-408-2172

Phone toll-free: 1-866-577-2525
www.lss.bc.ca

MOSAIC Offers programs and services to help immigrants and refugees in their settlement and integration into Canadian society.

The MultiLingoLegal.ca website features many legal publications in nine languages. MultiLingoLegal is operated by MOSAIC - a settlement and integration organization for immigrants and refugees in BC.
The Multilingual Legal Glossary is an online dictionary that allows you to search for the meaning of legal words. It provides the meaning of the word in English, and translates it into Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Farsi, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, or Vietnamese.

Phone: 604-254-9626

www.mosaicbc.com
www.multilingolegal.ca
www.legalglossary.ca/dictionary

People's Law School The People's Law School provides people in BC with free public legal education and information. Visit our website or call us to find out how to access the education and information needed to exercise your legal rights and responsibilities. Phone: 604-331-5400

www.publiclegaled.bc.ca

Pro Bono Legal Services In these programs, lawyers volunteer to provide free legal advice to those who can’t afford a lawyer or can’t get legal aid. A good place to start is with the Access Pro Bono Society of BC, which has legal advice clinics across BC. Phone: 604-878-7400

Phone toll-free: 1-877-762-6664
www.accessprobono.ca

Victimsinfo.ca A website for victims and witnesses of crime in BC. The website gives people the information they need to deal with the consequences of crime. www.victimsinfo.ca

Family law

Clicklaw A website with legal information and education from across BC. The resources available through Clicklaw are designed to be used by the public. Start on the homepage (Solve Problems) and explore by topic. Select "Family law." You can use the Clicklaw HelpMap to find someone who can help with legal problems. www.clicklaw.bc.ca
www.clicklaw.bc.ca/helpmap
Family Law in British Columbia The Family Law in British Columbia website has important information about family matters including: child protection, child support, common-law relationships, divorce and separation, and family violence. Information is available in 12 languages. The website is produced by the Legal Services Society.
The Legal Services Society has free print and online booklets on family law topics in English and many other languages, including:
Living Together or Living Apart: Common-Law Relationships, Marriage, Separation, and Divorce is a booklet explaining the basics of family law in BC. It includes information about living common-law or being married, getting separated or divorced, and where to find help. The booklet is available in eight languages.
Parents' Rights, Kids' Rights: A Parent's Guide to Child Protection Law in BC is a booklet explaining what happens if the Ministry of Children & Family Development has concerns about a child’s safety.
For Your Protection is written for people who need protection from violent partners or ex-partners, but the information applies to anyone in an abusive relationship.
"If Your Child is Taken" is a fact sheet explaining the steps that parents or guardians can take if the director of Children and Family Development removes their child or is planning to remove their child from the home. It describes what the law says, what parents can do, and what happens in court.
www.familylaw.lss.bc.ca
www.familylaw.lss.bc.ca/resources/publications
ImmigrantLegal.ca This website provides free legal information and education on legal topics for newcomers to Canada and the people working with them. The website is a project of the Immigrant Public Legal Education and Information Consortium. It is managed by the Justice Education Society. On the homepage of the site, select "Family Law." www.immigrantlegal.ca
JP Boyd on Family Law This resource, available online and in print, offers information about family law and the court process in British Columbia. It’s written in language that is easy to understand, and it has definitions for legal words and phrases. wiki.clicklaw.bc.ca/index.php/jpboyd
JusticeBC The Ministry of Justice manages BC's justice system. This website has information to help parents who are separating. It includes how parents can reach an agreement, what government services are available, and where parents can find programs to help them and their children cope. www.justicebc.ca or www.justicebc.ca/en/fam
Justice Education Society On the homepage, select the quick link to "Family Law."
Court Information Program for Immigrants provides free legal information to new immigrants and refugees. All content on the website is available in English, Chinese, Vietnamese, Punjabi, and Hindi.
Families Change: Guide to Separation & Divorce is a multimedia website that provides information on separation and divorce for children, teens, and parents.
KidsBC.ca: Explore Changeville is a multimedia website that aims to help children cope with the changes in their lives when parents separate or divorce.
www.justiceeducation.ca
www.courtinformation.ca
www.familieschange.ca
www.kidsbc.ca
Lawyer Referral Service This service can help you find a lawyer who will meet with you for 30 minutes for $25. Phone: 604-687-3221
1-800-663-1919
www.cba.org/bc
Legal Services Society of BC You may be able to get free legal help (legal aid) if you have a serious family law problem and:
  • your legal problem is covered by legal aid rules,
  • your income and the value of your property are below a certain limit, and
  • you have no other way of getting legal help.
www.legalaid.bc.ca
Mediate BC Society Mediate BC's Family Mediation Services can put you in touch with a mediator who can help you and your spouse work together to find a solution to legal problems and help you make an agreement. Phone: 1-604-684-1300 local 23
1-855-660-8406
www.mediatebc.com
Parenting After Separation Parenting After Separation is a free three-hour workshop that helps parents make decisions about their separation that focus on the best interests of their children. www.justicebc.ca/en/fam
People’s Law School The People’s Law School offers free public legal education and information to the people of British Columbia. Free booklets are available online and in print. They include:
Caring for Children outlines parents’ responsibilities and children’s rights, and where to get help.
Child Support in BC booklet offers general information for parents about child support in BC.
Talking about Abuse is a video series that can help non-English speakers understand how Canadian law defines family violence. It includes information on where people in BC can get help in their own language. You can order resources online.
Phone: 604-331-5400
www.publiclegaled.bc.ca
Pro Bono Legal Services In these programs, lawyers volunteer to provide free legal advice to those who can’t afford a lawyer or can’t get legal aid. If you have a family law problem, you can contact Access Pro Bono Society of BC. It has legal advice clinics across BC. Phone: 604-878-7400
1-877-762-6664
www.accessprobono.ca
VictimLink VictimLink can put you in touch with services that will help victims of violence. 1-800-563-0808
www.victimlinkbc.ca

Young people and the law

Child Abuse Prevention This website from the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development has two sections: Preventing Child Abuse in Your Community, and Just for Teens. www.safekidsbc.ca
Clicklaw A website with legal information and education from across BC. Clicklaw is operated by Courthouse Libraries BC.
Start on the homepage (Solve Problems) and explore by topic. Select "Children & teens." You can use the Clicklaw HelpMap to find someone who can help with legal problems.
www.clicklaw.bc.ca
www.clicklaw.bc.ca/helpmap
Dial-A-Law Has brief legal information on over 130 topics, available in English, Chinese and Punjabi. Dial-A-Law is a free service of the Canadian Bar Association, British Columbia branch. You can listen on the telephone or online. You can also read the information online. Scripts include "Children's Rights" and "Young People and Criminal Law." Phone: 604-687-4680
1-800-565-5297
www.dialalaw.org
JusticeBC This is the website of the BC Ministry of Justice, which is responsible for managing the justice system in BC. The website provides information on a wide range of legal topics and describes the government services available to help you. Select "Criminal Justice System" for information about young offenders. www.justicebc.ca
or www.justicebc.ca/en/fam
Justice Education Society Gang Prevention is a website that aims to prevent youth involvement in gang activity. It provides information and resources to parents and youth. On the website, select "Youth, Families & Community."
Legal Rights for Youth is a website for youth. It describes the legal rights for youth living in British Columbia.
www.gangprevention.ca
www.legalrightsforyouth.ca
Lawyer Referral Service This service can help you find a lawyer who will meet with you for 30 minutes for $25. Phone: 604-687-3221
People’s Law School The People’s Law School offers free public legal education and information to the people of British Columbia. Free booklets are available online and in print. They include Consequences of a Youth Record, a free booklet that explains what a youth record is, how long it remains, and what a record means for the youth. You can order booklets online. Phone: 604-331-5400
www.publiclegaled.bc.ca
Pro Bono Legal Services In these programs, lawyers volunteer to provide free legal advice to those who can’t afford a lawyer or can’t get legal aid. If you have a family law problem, you can contact Access Pro Bono Society of BC. It has legal advice clinics across BC. Phone: 604-878-7400
1-877-762-6664
www.accessprobono.ca

Elder law

BC Association of Community Response Networks (BCCRN) Provides information and help to anyone who is being abused or neglected, or is supporting someone who is. www.bccrns.ca
BC Centre for Elder Advocacy and Support (BCCEAS) BCCEAS provides information about benefits and programs for seniors, financial and legal planning, elder abuse and where to go for help, and how to protect yourself against theft and fraud. Phone: 604-437-1940
1-866-437-1940
Call between 9am and 1pm Monday-Friday
www.bcceas.ca
Clicklaw A website that will take you to legal information and education from across BC. Clicklaw is operated by Courthouse Libraries BC. Start on the homepage (Solve Problems) and explore by topic. Select "Seniors." You can use the Clicklaw HelpMap to find someone who can help with legal problems. www.clicklaw.bc.ca
www.clicklaw.bc.ca/helpmap
Dial-A-Law Has brief legal information on over 130 topics, available in English, Chinese and Punjabi. Dial-A-Law is a free service of the Canadian Bar Association, British Columbia branch. You can listen on the telephone or online. You can also read the information online. Includes a script on "Elder Law, Elder Abuse and Seniors' Rights." Phone: 604-687-4680
1-800-565-5297
www.dialalaw.org
Justice Education Society The Justice Education Society creates programs and resources that improve access to British Columbia’s justice system. They include Your Human Rights in BC, a series of five videos for immigrants about human rights in BC and Canada. The videos are available in English, Mandarin and Punjabi. www.justiceeducation.ca
www.justiceeducation.ca/resources/human-rights-in-bc
Lawyer Referral Service This service can help you find a lawyer who will meet with you for 30 minutes for $25. Phone: 604-687-3221

Phone toll-free: 1-800-663-1919
cbabc.org/For-the-Public/Lawyer-Referral-Service

Nidus Personal Planning Resource Centre and Registry Nidus provides information to British Columbians about personal planning, including information on making a representation agreement or enduring power of attorney. At the homepage, select "Information" and "Self-Help." www.nidus.ca
People's Law School People's Law School offers free public legal education and information to British Columbians. Free booklets are available online and in print. They include When I'm 64, a series of three booklets with information about benefits and services available to seniors and about planning for your future. You can order booklets online. www.publiclegaled.bc.ca
Pro Bono Legal Services In these programs, lawyers volunteer to provide free legal advice to those who can’t afford a lawyer or can’t get legal aid. If you have a family law problem, you can contact Access Pro Bono Society of BC. It has legal advice clinics across BC. Phone: 604-878-7400
1-877-762-6664
www.accessprobono.ca
Public Guardian and Trustee The office of the Public Guardian and Trustee provides services to adults who need help managing their affairs. Phone: 604-775-1007
www.trustee.bc.ca/services/adult/index.html
VictimLink VictimLink can put you in touch with counselling and helping services, and people who may be able to help you find a safe place to stay. 1-800-563-0808
www.victimlinkbc.ca

Working in BC

BC Human Rights Clinic Operated by the Community Legal Assistance Society, the BC Human Rights Clinic provides assistance and representation to those who need help dealing with a provincial human rights complaint. Phone: 604-622-1100

Phone toll-free: 1-855-685-6222
www.bchrc.net

Clicklaw A website that will take you to legal information and education from across BC. Clicklaw is operated by Courthouse Libraries BC. Start on the homepage (Solve Problems) and explore by topic. Select "Employment." You can use the Clicklaw HelpMap to find someone who can help with legal problems. www.clicklaw.bc.ca
www.clicklaw.bc.ca/helpmap
Dial-A-Law Has brief legal information on over 130 topics, available in English, Chinese and Punjabi. Dial-A-Law is a free service of the Canadian Bar Association, British Columbia branch. You can listen on the telephone or online. You can also read the information online. Scripts include "Protection Against Job Discrimination" and "Applying for Employment Insurance Benefits." Phone: 604-687-4680

Phone toll-free: 1-800-565-5297
www.dialalaw.org

ImmigrantLegal.ca ImmigrantLegal.ca provides free legal information and education on legal topics for newcomers to Canada and the people working with them. The website is a project of the Immigrant Public Legal Education and Information Consortium. It is managed by the Justice Education Society. On the homepage of the site, select "Employment." www.immigrantlegal.ca
Justice Education Society Administrative Law BC - Early Resolution is a website that explains what tribunals are and how they work.

Your Human Rights in BC is a series of five videos for immigrants about human rights in BC and Canada. The videos are available in English, Mandarin and Punjabi.

www.adminlawbc.ca/early-resolution

www.justiceeducation.ca/resources/human-rights-in-bc

Lawyer Referral Service This service can help you find a lawyer who will meet with you for 30 minutes for $25. Phone: 604-687-3221

Phone toll-free: 1-800-663-1919
cbabc.org/For-the-Public/Lawyer-Referral-Service

MOSAIC Offers programs and services to help immigrants and refugees in their settlement and integration into Canadian society.

The MultiLingoLegal.ca website features many legal publications in nine languages. MultiLingoLegal is operated by MOSAIC - a settlement and integration organization for immigrants and refugees in BC.
The Multilingual Legal Glossary is an online dictionary that allows you to search for the meaning of legal words. It provides the meaning of the word in English, and translates it into Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Farsi, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, or Vietnamese.

Phone: 604-254-9626

www.mosaicbc.com
www.multilingolegal.ca
www.legalglossary.ca/dictionary

People's Law School The People's Law School provides people in BC with free public legal education and information. Visit our website or call us to find out how to access the education and information needed to exercise your legal rights and responsibilities. Booklets are free and are available online and in print. Phone: 604-331-5400

www.publiclegaled.bc.ca

Pro Bono Legal Services In these programs, lawyers volunteer to provide free legal advice to those who can’t afford a lawyer or can’t get legal aid. A good place to start is with the Access Pro Bono Society of BC, which has legal advice clinics across BC. Phone: 604-878-7400

Phone toll-free: 1-877-762-6664
www.accessprobono.ca

Renting a home

BC Human Rights Clinic Operated by the Community Legal Assistance Society, the BC Human Rights Clinic provides assistance and representation to those who need help dealing with a provincial human rights complaint. Phone: 604-622-1100

Phone toll-free: 1-855-685-6222
www.bchrc.net

Clicklaw A website that will take you to legal information and education from across BC. Clicklaw is operated by Courthouse Libraries BC. Start on the homepage (Solve Problems) and explore by topic. Select "Housing, tenancy & neighbours." You can use the Clicklaw HelpMap to find someone who can help with legal problems. www.clicklaw.bc.ca
www.clicklaw.bc.ca/helpmap
Community Legal Assistance Society CLAS will provide legal advice and some representation to low-income British Columbians who are facing eviction, foreclosure of their mortgage, expulsion from a co-op, or who want to challenge a Residential Tenancy Branch decision. Phone: 604-685-3425

Phone toll-free: 1-888-685-6222
www.clasbc.net

Dial-A-Law Has brief legal information on over 130 topics, available in English, Chinese and Punjabi. Dial-A-Law is a free service of the Canadian Bar Association, British Columbia branch. You can listen on the telephone or online. You can also read the information online. Scripts include "Residential Tenancy" and "Neighbour Law." Phone: 604-687-4680

Phone toll-free: 1-800-565-5297
www.dialalaw.org

ImmigrantLegal.ca ImmigrantLegal.ca provides free legal information and education on legal topics for newcomers to Canada and the people working with them. The website is a project of the Immigrant Public Legal Education and Information Consortium. It is managed by the Justice Education Society. On the homepage of the site, select "Residential Tenancy." www.immigrantlegal.ca
Justice Education Society Administrative Law BC - Early Resolution is a website that explains what tribunals are and how they work.

Your Human Rights in BC is a series of five videos for immigrants about human rights in BC and Canada. The videos are available in English, Mandarin and Punjabi.

www.adminlawbc.ca/early-resolution

www.justiceeducation.ca/resources/human-rights-in-bc

Lawyer Referral Service This service can help you find a lawyer who will meet with you for 30 minutes for $25. Phone: 604-687-3221

Phone toll-free: 1-800-663-1919
cbabc.org/For-the-Public/Lawyer-Referral-Service

Legal Services Society of BC The Legal Services Society also has free print and online booklets in English and many other languages. At the website, select "Housing and tenancy." www.lss.bc.ca/publications
MOSAIC Offers programs and services to help immigrants and refugees in their settlement and integration into Canadian society.

The MultiLingoLegal.ca website features many legal publications in nine languages. MultiLingoLegal is operated by MOSAIC - a settlement and integration organization for immigrants and refugees in BC.
The Multilingual Legal Glossary is an online dictionary that allows you to search for the meaning of legal words. It provides the meaning of the word in English, and translates it into Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Farsi, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, or Vietnamese.

Phone: 604-254-9626

www.mosaicbc.com
www.multilingolegal.ca
www.legalglossary.ca/dictionary

People's Law School The People's Law School provides people in BC with free public legal education and information. Visit our website or call us to find out how to access the education and information needed to exercise your legal rights and responsibilities. Booklets are free and are available online and in print. Phone: 604-331-5400

www.publiclegaled.bc.ca

PovNet Advocates help low-income people who have renting problems. PovNet is an online resource that can help you contact an advocate in your area. Visit the website and select "Find an Advocate." www.povnet.org
Pro Bono Legal Services In these programs, lawyers volunteer to provide free legal advice to those who can’t afford a lawyer or can’t get legal aid. A good place to start is with the Access Pro Bono Society of BC, which has legal advice clinics across BC. Phone: 604-878-7400

Phone toll-free: 1-877-762-6664
www.accessprobono.ca

Residential Tenancy Branch The branch of the BC government responsible for landlord-tenant matters. The website has free publications that contain important information. Vancouver: 604-660-1020

Victoria: 250-387-1602
Phone toll-free: 1-800-665-8779
www.rto.gov.bc.ca

Tenant Resource and Advisory Centre (TRAC) The Tenant Resource & Advisory Centre provides tenants with legal education and information about residential tenancy law. You can phone them if you have a problem with renting. You can also read their free publications, including the Tenant Survival Guide. It is available in English or Traditional Chinese. Phone: 604-255-0546

Phone toll-free: 1-800-665-1185
www.tenants.bc.ca


This information applies to British Columbia, Canada. Last reviewed for legal accuracy by People's Law School, 2013.



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