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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. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHuXxaiH2gM 

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.

Basic Income Project in Ontario - They Said It

Politicians, advocates and participants go on the record.

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Nothing Compassionate Here

The Income Security Advocacy Centre, a specialty legal clinic, sent out the following information after Minister MacLeod's announcement yesterday on cuts to social assistance.

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Changes to Social Assistance in Ontario

Last week we wrote to the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services seeking clarification about social assistance changes. Here is our letter.

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Yes Minister, But 

Reforming the social assistance system is more complicated than bringing prosperity and more jobs to Ontario.

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Your Legal Rights