Welcome to the website of the Hamilton Community Legal Clinic
We’re a non-profit community legal clinic serving low income residents of Hamilton. In addition, to providing 'traditional' poverty law services including legal advice and referrals and legal representation, the Clinic is involved in public legal education, community development and law reform.
We hope you’ll explore our website designed so that you’ll know what we do and how you can be involved. We invite you to help make change by volunteering, interacting with our Community Development Blog, Twitter and Facebook or involving yourself in the various activities found on our Make Change page.
You can also learn more about us by watching this short video.
How we help
The best way to get help from us is to call our office. You will be asked a number of general questions. You can also apply for services on-line. We will then call you to discuss your legal problem.
You will need to tell us about your legal problem. We can help if that legal problem is an area of law that we deal with. We don’t do criminal, family or immigration law for example. See Services for a list of what we do.
We might need to know your income. If you want us to do anything on your behalf, you must have a low income. If your income is from Ontario Works or ODSP you are eligible. You may also be eligible if you are on CPP or WSIB or if you have a minimal working income.
It is timely, we think, in our final Black History Month posting for 2017* to a look at the new Ontario regulations for police interactions with the public. The regulations are intended to address the historic discrimination that has disproportionately impacted African Canadians.
The Clinic has released a new report - A Journey to ReconciliAction – Calls to Action Report.
Here is the fourth in our series of Black History Month Posts
This week’s post is actually two pieces contributed by staff. The first deals with the anti-black racism that was a feature of the Canadian immigration system in the early and mid 20th century. The second story speaks to the issue of white privilege in the workplace.