Adult Protective Services
Free service for adults 18 years and up who have an intellectual disability; services
include support for resolving legal issues, individualized short-term support and
long-term planning, case coordination advocacy.
Advocacy Centre for the Elderly (ACE)
Consultation for professionals and organizations; free legal information for older
adults. Scheduled intake on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Capacity Assessment Office
Trains eligible health professionals to be capacity assessors in accordance with the Substitute Decisions Act. It also: maintains an up-to-date list of qualified
capacity assessors; offers a financial assistance plan to people who want to request
an assessment but cannot afford to do so.
Consent and Capacity Board
Conducts hearings under the Mental Health Act, the Health Care Consent Act, the
Personal Health Information Protection Act, the Substitute Decisions Act and
the Mandatory Blood Testing Act; before contacting with any questions, see below
website for the Frequently Asked Questions.
Elizabeth Fry Society
Free for women who have been charged with an offence, who must appear in court,
or who are at risk of coming into contact with the criminal justice system; services
include court support, supportive counselling, and group programs for anger management, stop shoplifting, and self-esteem; sexual assault treatment and
community resource education.
Legal Aid Ontario
A wide range of services are available, including summary legal advice for family
and criminal law matters. Provide duty counsel services - performed by staff and
private-sector lawyers - for people who arrive in criminal, family or youth courts
without a lawyer. Poverty law services - such as helping people to obtain or
maintain social assistance benefits. LAO also runs a certificate program for the
most serious and complex cases. Eligible low-income clients can obtain a certificate
which is used to retain a private lawyer.
Four Counties Family Mediation
Alternative to resolving disputes; each mediation case begins with free consultation
and screening of the involved parties; fee for service, fee assistance available for
John Howard Society
Counselling and support for abusive men; fee for service, no one turned away due
to inability to pay; partners of participants helped with safety planning and referrals
to community resources;
Law Society Referral Service (LSRS)
Connects people looking for legal assistance with a lawyer or paralegal. When you
request a lawyer or paralegal referral online, we will give you the name of a lawyer
or licensed paralegal who will provide a free consultation of up to 30 minutes to
help you determine your rights and options, provided we have a match ava
Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee-Investigation Unit
To report incidents of serious abuse where victim is incapable. www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca
Peterborough Community Legal Centre
Legal services for low income people with legal issues in various area including:
Canada Pension Plan, Residential Tenancies Act (tenants only), Consumer Protection, Human Rights Code and the Charter; staff refer other inquiries to appropriate
agencies and resources in the community.
The Landlord and Tenant Board
Provides information about the RTA and to resolves disputes between most
residential landlords and tenants; (formerly the Ontario Rental Housing Tribunal); www.orht.gov.on.ca/home.htm
Provides Family Court support