Useful Legal Resources

Legal Embassy is happy to provide some useful links that may be of interest to lawyers, paralegals, legal assistants, recruiters and other people who are using our website to search and apply for law jobs in Canada. The first set of links consist of websites for information on employment standards, worker compensation and related matters and the second set of links consist of websites of organizations that provide free legal information, free legal services, or low-cost legal services across Canada.

Legal Embassy is not responsible or liable for the content of any websites hyperlinked to its site. Such links are provided for your convenience only and any access to them will be at your own risk.

1.  EMPLOYMENT MATTERS

The authority to make laws relating to labour matters is divided between the Parliament of Canada, the legislatures of the ten provinces, and the legislative councils of the three territories. Therefore, we separated each of the jurisdictions for easy understanding.

 

CANADA

  • Department of Justice. This is the government of Canada’s official online source of consolidated statutes of Canada. The list of statutes is updated every two weeks.
  • Federal Labour Standards. The site provides information about the minimum standard of rights and obligations in an employment relationship including pay, hours, vacations, terminations and complaints for employees and employers under the federal jurisdiction. Federal labour standards are set out in Part III of the Canada Labour Code. 
  • Worker Compensation. The site provides useful information and guides on claims that involve federal government employees who sustained injury on the job, became sick due to an occupational disease or are slain in active duty. Contractors and employers can request clearance letter.

 

ALBERTA

  • Worker Compensation - The site provides information on worker compensation insurance in Alberta. Contractors and employers can request clearance letter.

  • Employment Standards - The site provides information about the minimum standard of rights and obligations in an employment relationship including pay, hours, vacations, terminations and complaints for employees and employers subject to Alberta employment standard. Employees whose employer is not meeting the Alberta’s minimum employment standards can file a complaint through the site.

 

BRITISH COLUMBIA

  • BC Law - This is the official online source of the laws of British Columbia.
  • Employment Standards Branch - The site provides information about the minimum standard of rights and obligations in an employment relationship including pay, hours, vacations, terminations and complaints for employees and employers that are subject to BC employment standards. Employees whose employer is not meeting the BC’s minimum employment standards can file a complaint through the site.
  • Work Safe BC - Provides information about workers' compensation insurance in BC. Contractors and employers can request clearance letter.

 

MANITOBA

  • Manitoba Law - This is the official online source of the laws of Manitoba.
  • Worker Compensation - The site contains information about workers' compensation insurance in Manitoba. Contractors and employers can request clearance letter.
  • Employment Standards - The site provides information about the minimum standard of rights and obligations in an employment relationship including pay, hours, vacations, terminations and complaints for employees and employers subject to Manitoba’s employment standard. Employees whose employer is not meeting the Manitoba’s minimum employment standards can file an online complaint through the website.

 

NEW BRUNSWICK

  • WorkSafeNB - Provides information about workplace safety and workers' compensation insurance in New Brunswick. Contractors and employers can request clearance letter.
  • Employment Standards - The site provides information about the minimum standard of rights and obligations of employees and employers regarding pay, hours, vacations, terminations and complaints. It also provides a portal for employees whose employer is not meeting New Brunswick’s minimum employment standards to file an online complaint using the site.

 

NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR

  • Workplace NL – The site provides information about workplace safety and workers' compensation insurance in Newfoundland and Labrador. Contractors and employers can also place a request for clearance letter.
  • Employment Standards – The link provides useful information about employment standards in Newfoundland and Labrador. Useful explanations and guidelines on the application of the standards can be accessed here.

 

NORTHWEST TERRITORIES

  • NWT Justice - This is the official online source of the laws of Northwest Territories.
  • Worker Compensation – The site provides information about workplace safety and workers' compensation insurance in Northwest Territories. Contractors and employers can place a request for clearance letter.
  • Employment Standards – The site provides useful information and education on the rights of employees and the responsibilities of employers in Northwest Territories. Employment Standard complaint form can also be downloaded from the site.

 

NOVA SCOTIA

  • Nova Scotia Laws - This is the official online source of the laws of Nova Scotia.
  • Worker Compensation – The site provides information about workplace safety and workers' compensation insurance in the Nova Scotia.
  • Employment Standards – The site provides information on the rights of employees and the obligations of employers. It also enables people to make enquiries and submit complaints about how the employment law in Nova Scotia applies to their specific employment situations. Further information about the Guide to the application of the law is also available.

 

NUNAVUT

  • Worker CompensationThe site provides information about workplace safety and workers' compensation insurance in the Nunavut.
  • Labour Standards Compliance Office - The site provides information about the minimum standard of rights and obligations in an employment relationship including pay, hours, vacations, terminations and complaints in Nunavut.

 

ONTARIO

  • e-Laws - This is the official online source of the laws of Ontario.
  • Worker Compensation – The site provides information about workplace safety and workers' compensation insurance in Ontario.
  • Employment Standards – The site provides information about employee’s rights and employer’s obligations in Ontario including pay, hours, vacations, terminations and complaints for employees and employers.

 

 

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND (PEI)

  • Worker Compensation – The site provides information about workplace safety and workers' compensation insurance in Prince Edward Island.
  • Employment Standards – The site provides information about employee’s rights and employer’s obligations in Prince Edward Island including pay, hours, vacations, terminations and complaints for employees and employers.

 

QUEBEC

  • Justice Quebec - This is the official online source of the laws of Quebec. The statutes are available in both French and English.
  • Worker Compensation – The site provides information about workplace safety and workers' compensation insurance in Quebec. Information is available in both French and English.
  • Employment Standards – The site provides information in both French and English about employee’s rights and employer’s obligations in Quebec including pay, hours, vacations, terminations and complaints for employees and employers.

 

SASKATCHEWAN

  • Freelaw® - This is the official online source for all current Government of Saskatchewan legislation.

  • Saskatchewan WCB – Its website provides information on worker compensation insurance in Saskatchewan. Contractors and employers may request letter of good standing and injured worker can file report, online.
  • Employment Standards - The site provides information about employment standards, and rights and responsibilities of employers and employees in Saskatchewan. It also has free online training webinars on basic information about the employment standards in Saskatchewan.

YUKON

  • Worker Compensation - Provides information about workplace safety and workers' compensation insurance in Yukon.
  • Employment Standards - Provides information about employee rights and employer obligations in Yukon including pay, hours, vacations, terminations and complaints for employees and employers

 

 

2.  EMPLOYMENT LAW CLINICS (FREE OR LOW-COST LEGAL SERVICES)

The following is a comprehensive list of websites and organizations offering legal information, free legal advice, or low-cost legal services to low-income households that cannot afford the services of a lawyer. The scope of their legal services covers a range of legal issues including employment law. Some of the organizations also have answers to FAQ, template agreements, and information on employment issues on their websites and in print form. Some of them have clients’ intake eligibility requirements; please ensure you check their income guidelines to determine whether you will be able to qualify for legal assistance or services.

 

CANADA

  • Legal Advice Scene -- This website allows the public to get real answers from real lawyers and other legal professionals for free on any areas of law in Canada.

 

ALBERTA

  • Calgary Legal Guidance (CLG) - Located in Calgary downtown, CLG runs legal clinics from Monday to Thursday on diverse areas of laws including employment law, family law, landlord and tenant, immigration law, will and estate. They can also help with notarial services. Informational materials on employment law are also available on its website.
  • Pro Bono Law Alberta (PBLA) - Located in Calgary, PBLA provides summary legal advice through its one-day legal clinic and court-based programs in Edmonton and Calgary.
  • Dial-A-Law – This is a 24-hours online access to legal information and a pre-recorded legal information service from a phone, with operator assistance if needed during work hours. The Dial-A-Law program provides general information on over 170 legal topics including employment law. The other areas of law covered include consumer law, criminal law, family law, real estate, will and estate, youth and the law.
  • Central Alberta Community Legal Clinic (CACLC) – The site provides legal advice and information on a range of legal issues to people who cannot afford to retain a lawyer and do not qualify for Legal Aid. Although employment law is not specially listed as one of the areas where it provides legal services but you will find its services useful in the following aspect family law, civil law, criminal law, guardianship/trusteeship, wills, immigration law (limited). CACLC can be reached via Red Deer number 403-314-9129 or toll free 1-877-314-9129.
  • Elizabeth Fry Societies – With centres in Calgary and Edmonton, the Societies offer legal advocacy to women engaged with the legal and justice systems or otherwise referred to as criminalized women. Although the scope of their services does not directly relate to employment law, low-income household who cannot afford the service of a lawyer will still find their other services useful.
  • Government RITE Line 310-0000 – This is a toll free line to access any government office in Alberta. You can contact the appropriate agency such as the Employment Standard, Alberta Justice, Office of the Ombudsman, Office of the Privacy Commissioner, Human Right Commission, the Office of the Public Trustee, Office of the Public Guardian, Transport Department, Consumers Affairs and many others agencies for any particular problem.
  • The Alberta Human Rights Commission - This is an independent commission of the Government of Alberta. They provide public information and education programs and help Albertans resolve human rights complaints. Albertans who have a complaint about workplace inequality or discrimination can contact the commission for redress.
  • Edmonton Community Legal Centre (ECLC) – ECLC provides free legal services to low-income individuals in the areas of civil and administrative law. Some issues that they help with include employment law, income support appeals, landlord and tenant disputes, immigration law, human rights, debt and small claims.
  • The John Howard Society in Alberta – This consists of the six separately incorporated local societies in Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat and Red Deer. These local offices provide guidance and assistance as needed.
  • Student Legal Services of Edmonton (SLS) – The SLS is an on-campus law clinic operated by University of Alberta law students. It provides free legal representation on various matters such as employment contracts, hearing on worker’s compensation, disability benefit, Canada Pension Plan and Employment Insurance. The also provide assistance on family law matters, landlord and tenant matters, uncontested divorces, among others.
  • Student Legal Assistance (SLA) - SLA is an on-campus law clinic operated by University of Calgary law students. With the assistance of volunteer advising lawyers, SLA provides free legal representation on matters ranging from family, traffic violation, criminal, tax disputes, and civil matters including employment law.
  • Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) provides a variety of legal services for low-income Albertans that meet the eligibility requirements. Their services are available at the courthouse from Duty Counsel and Legal Services Officers. Duty Counsel are lawyers who can give immediate legal assistance to unrepresented people for free.

 

BRITISH COLUMBIA

  • Access Pro Bono Society of BC - Access Pro Bono provides summary legal advice through its network of legal clinics across British Columbia to individuals and non-profit organizations. In addition, it provides limited court representation services in limited situation. Employees as well as employers who are non-profit organizations will find services of Access Pro Bono useful.
  • Bobinsky Business Law Clinic - This is a University of British Columbia law students-managed program that provides legal information on different legal issues including employment law, corporate law, non-compete agreement, confidentiality agreements, and privacy issues
  • Business Law Clinic of the University of Victoria - This is a University of Victoria law students-managed program that provides legal information on diverse matters including employment law, incorporation, financing, charitable registration, intellectual property protection, shareholder agreements, franchise agreements, partnership agreements, contracts, business liability, government regulation, taxation.
  • Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS) – CLAS provides legal advice and assistance for people who are physically, mentally, socially, economically or otherwise disadvantaged or who need to defend their human rights.
  • Legal Aid BC Legal Aid will pay for a lawyer to represent qualified applicants in handling their legal problems. To qualify to use their service, the applicant’s legal problem must be covered by the society legal aid rules and the applicants must meet the financial guidelines, and you have no other way of getting legal help.
  • Justice Access Centres (JACs) - JACs are BC government managed-centres in Nanaimo, Vancouver and Victoria. The centres provide free legal services to people who need help on civil and family law issues, such as employment, income security, employment, housing, debt or separation or divorce.
  • Dial-A-Law - Dial-A-Law is a library of free legal information prepared by lawyers. The service is available by phone, as recorded scripts, at 604.687.4680 or 1.800.565.5297.
  • BC Human Rights Clinic – It is a provincial human rights clinic that provides assistance and representation to those who need help dealing with a human rights complaint in BC.
  • Vancouver Public Library – The library provides guides that will help with finding information on labour and employment law of British Columbia.

 

MANITOBA

  • Kerry Vickar Business Law Clinic – Located within the faculty of law, University of Manitoba, it is a community-focused law clinic that helps start-ups, entrepreneurs and not-for-profit entities by providing legal information useful to them.
  • Legal Aid Manitoba (LAM) - LAM has a drop-in program, which provides legal information, general advice and some basic assistance to the public. Lawyers or supervised paralegals also provide free consultations to everyone; there is no financial eligibility criterion for legal representation.
  • Legal Help Centre (LHE) - LHE provides referrals, legal help and public legal education and information to residents of Manitoba that have a legal problem.

 

NOVA SCOTIA

  • Dalhousie Legal Aid (DLA) - Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, DLA is a clinical program for law students operated by the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University. It mandates include providing legal services for individual who cannot afford to retain a lawyer, conducting research in relation to legal aid and law reform in Nova Scotia, and providing an educational experience in the solution of legal problems for students.

 

NUNAVUT

  • Legal Services Board (LSB)  - The LSB provides legal services to financially eligible residents of Nunavut in the areas of criminal, family and civil law.

 

ONTARIO

  • Community Legal Clinics | Legal Aid Ontario – Legal Aid Ontario funds 76 community legal clinics across Ontario. Staffed by lawyers, legal workers, paralegals, legal administrative staff, the clinics provide information, legal advice and representation to people. The contact details and the links to the websites of the legal clinics are available on the website of Legal Aid Ontario. Legal advice is available in French in the legal clinics at the following locations: Greater Toronto Area (GTA), Southwestern Ontario, Eastern Ontario, and Northern Ontario, and parts of central Ontario including Barrie, Parry Sound, Muskoka and Kawartha Lakes regions.
  • Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) – CLEO has practical legal rights education and information to assist people in understanding and exercising their legal rights. Specific information on employment law can be accessed here.
  • Lawyer Referral Service –The Law Society of Upper Canada’s (LSUC) offers a Referral Service to those in need of specific legal advice by connecting them to a lawyer or licensed paralegal that will provide a free consultation of up to 30 minutes.
  • African Canadian Legal Clinic (ACLC)Located in Toronto, ACLC is a specialty clinic that provides legal advice and legal representation to African Canadians through race-based test cases that are likely make significant contribution to the field of law. ACLC is funded by Legal Aid Ontario.
  • Queen’s Business Law Clinic – The law clinic is managed by students of faculty of law of Queen University in Kingston, Ontario. It provides free legal services to individuals, businesses and non-for-profit organizations in southeastern Ontario who cannot afford the services of legal counsel. The clinic will be a great resource with respect to general employment law issues and on the drafting and reviewing of employment agreements.
  • Ryerson University’s Law & Business Clinic – Located in Toronto, Ontario, the legal clinic is managed by law students of Ryerson University. It offers free legal services on diverse business law matters to entrepreneurs and small businesses that cannot afford the service of a legal counsel.
  • IAVGO – Funded by Legal Aid Ontario, IAVGO is one of the community legal clinics in Ontario. It provides free legal services exclusively for qualified injured workers in Ontario. The scope of its services includes legal advice, legal representation, public legal education, and advocacy training and community development. It also provides interpretation service for those who cannot communicate in English language.
  • Western Business Law Clinic – The legal clinic is managed by the law students of University of Western Ontario. Its services include providing free legal services in diverse areas of business law small start-up businesses that cannot afford the service of legal counsel.

 

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

  • Community Legal Information Association (CLIA) – Based in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CLIA provides free legal information through phone, publications, and outreach efforts.  It also provides lawyer referrals for residents of Prince Edwards Island needing legal advice and wants to connect with a lawyer.
  • Legal Aid – Through its staff of full time lawyers, it provides legal representation and assistance to low-income individuals who have serious legal needs in the areas of criminal law, youth criminal justice, family and civil law.

 

QUEBEC

  • Legal Aid – It provides free or low-cost legal services to low-income people who are eligible to for legal aid.
  • La Clinique Juridique – This legal clinic provides legal assistance to disadvantaged members of the community who cannot afford the services of a lawyer.
  • McGill University Legal Information Clinic - This legal clinic is managed by students of the law faculty of McGill University. The clinic provides free legal services in almost all areas of Québec law with the exception of criminal law, tax law, and construction law.
  • Université Laval Le bureau d’information juridique - This legal clinic is managed by students of the law faculty of Laval University. It provides free legal information to the community of Québec and its surroundings. Consdiering it is run by law students who are yet to become lawyers, it does not provide legal opinions.

 

SASKATCHEWAN

  • CLASSIC: Located in downtown Saskatoon, CLASSIC is a poverty law clinic that provides free legal assistance in variety of areas except family and serious criminal matters. To be eligible for free legal services, the applicants must be to low-income members of the community who cannot afford the services of a lawyer. It assesses applicants’ financial conditions on a case-by-case basis to determine their eligibility for services.

  • Legal Aid Saskatchewan: provides a variety of legal services for low-income Saskatchewan residents that meet eligibility requirements. Although its services are restriced to matters bordering on family and criminal law, it is a good starting point for people who could not afford legal services.

  • Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan: Located in Regina, SK, Pro Bono Law Sask has been “providing pro bono (free) high quality legal services” in Saskatchewan since 2008 to charitable organizations and low-income people who do not qualify for Saskatchewan Legal Aid.

 

NEW BRUNSWICK

 

NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR

  • Newfoundland and Labrador Legal Aid Commission: The commission provides legal services to low-income individuals in Newfoundland and Labrador in the areas of family and criminal law. Even though their scope of services does not include employment law matters, low-income employees could still find its services useful in deserving circumstances.

 

YUKON

  • Yukon Legal Services Society (YLSS) – Based in Whitehorse, Yukon, YLSS provides legal aid services in Yukon for low-income people who need legal services but cannot afford to retain a lawyer. It provides such people with a lawyer at no cost or at a very low cost.
  • Yukon Public Legal Education Association (YPLEA) Based out of Whitehorse, Yukon, the YPLEA provides legal information to the public and promotes increased access to the legal system through publication and a dedicated phone lines: (867) 668-5297 or toll free at (866) 667-4305.

 

 

 

Last updated on June 4, 2017