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Legal Aid Ontario

Site: Refugee Law Office

Contact Information
Office Phone Office: 416-977-8111
Toll Free Phone Ontario-wide, free from any pay phone, collect calls accepted: 1-800-668-8258
TTY Phone 1-866-641-8867
Fax 416-977-5567
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Primary Contact Samantha Chochla, Administrator
Agency Information
Description (Agency) COVID-19 -- provincial and legal aid offices closed to the public


Free legal information, advice and other services
Legal Status (50) Non Profit
Description and Service Details
Description (Service) COVID-19 -- operating by phone only, Toronto 416-977-8111, Toll-free 1-855-854-8111


Represents refugee claimants at hearings before the Immigration and Refugee Board, and on applications to the Federal Court
  • claimants must obtain Legal Aid certificate
  • lawyer and paralegal assigned to each case

Also represents immigration detainees at Toronto West Detention Centre, Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada Immigration Holding Centre, Vanier Centre for Women (Milton), Maplehurst Correctional Complex (Milton) and Central East Correctional Centre (Lindsay) at detention reviews on a duty counsel basis, detainees must be financially eligible for legal aid but need not obtain a certificate
Hours Mon-Fri 8:30 am 4:30 pm
Areas Served Durham Region ; Halton Region ; Peel Region ; Toronto ; York Region
Boundaries Toronto and surrounding area
Eligibility Refugee claimants who can obtain Legal Aid certificates * immigration detainees eligible for Legal Aid certificates

Residency Requirements: Toronto and surrounding area
Application Intake interview, before or after obtaining Legal Aid certificate
Languages Afar; Other - interpreters may be arranged for other languages; Pashto;
Site Information
Located In Community Toronto
Address & Map
Atrium on Bay; 20 Dundas St W
Suite 202
Toronto, ON
Canada M5G 2H1
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Intersection Bay St and Dundas St W
Mailing Address Atrium on Bay; 40 Dundas St W 
Suite 200 
Toronto, ON 
Canada M5G 2H1
Physical Access Wheelchair accessible automatic main entrance - all street entrances except 40 Dundas St ; Easy access to elevator ; Elevator with braille and voice/tone features ; Wheelchair accessible washroom, assistance needed with door ; Designated parking in underground lot and automatic entrance ; Lowered service counter
Categories and Classification
HCSD Main Heading Government / Legal ; Newcomers
HCSD Sub Heading Community Legal Services ; Immigration / Sponsorship ; Refugees
Service Categories Duty Counsel ~ Immigration Issues ; Legal Representation ~ Refugee Claimants ; Refugee Claims Legal Assistance

Agency Overview

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