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Support Services



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

705-749-6809   -  1-800-820-7384  -Free

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

705-743-5430   1-800-668-8258

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

extensive mediation.


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.


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);




Provides Family Court support