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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. 

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.

Tenants Unfairly Paying for Landlords' Maintenance Costs

Tenants are being victimized by Above Guideline Increases.

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An Important New Report

'Income Security: A Roadmap for Change' is the first report in 30 years to recommend major improvements to programs that affect the lives of low-income people.

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28th Anniversary of the Rupert Hotel Fire

The anniversary of a rooming house fire which killed nine people is remembered.

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A Dozen Thoughts on the New National Housing Strategy

There are those who support and those who critique the National Housing Strategy. We’ve put some expert input together below

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Year End Newsletter 2017

Our year end newsletter gathers some stories from the past six months that were posted on our website, published in various community papers and includes one new story.

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