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.
We are excited to share HCLC/CJCH’s ARAO Strategic Priorities. There is overwhelming support in our agency for a strong, integrated ARAO Plan.
There is no room in Hamilton for hate!
The Tenant Defence Fund Pilot Program (TDFPP) is open to eligible groups of at least 4 tenant households whose landlord have applied to the Landlord Tenant Board for an Above Guideline Rent Increase (AGI). The TDFPP can provide resources and knowledge to help tenant groups defend the application at the Landlord Tenant Board. The support can include securing meeting space, printing and photocopying documents relating to the grant application, and up to $1000 to hire a paralegal or lawyer Licensed with the Law Society of Ontario to help the tenants prepare for the case and represent them.
Help stop the cuts to legal services for Ontario's most vulnerable people.
The Association of Community Legal Clinics of Ontario Calls on Government to Rescind Cuts to Legal Aid
Concerns expressed to funding cuts that will impact low-income Ontarians.
Important new information for Caregivers who might want to establish permanent residence in Canada.