Vancouver Advocacy & Legal Resources
Legal resources and services for Indigenous persons
Provides free legal advice to people who can’t afford a lawyer
Free support in completing legal forms or preparing for a court appearance
Low-income women (inclusive of transwomen) in the Downtown Eastside can obtain free legal advocacy in a safe and confidential, women’s only space
Assists with complaints about the administration of government programs and services, such a delay receiving service or a disagreement with a decision made
Advances the interests of groups that are generally unrepresented or underrepresented in issues of major public concern, including helping people make complaints
Supports young people and their families in dealing with the provincial child and youth welfare system. The Representative is a non-partisan, independent officer of the legislature.
Monitors seniors’ services and issues in BC, making recommendations to government and service providers to address systemic issues. If you are a senior or have an issue related to seniors you want to report, get in touch with them.
A free service available 24-7. You can call 1-866-458-5500 to speak to a lawyer if you are arrested, detained, and under investigation by a law enforcement agency
Low-barrier legal services to Two-Sprit, transgender and gender non-conforming people
Free legal support for young people, with no minimum age to receive help
Provides free legal support to low-income persons over issues of housing, human rights, workers' rights, sexual harassment, and more
Receives complaints from the public and conducts reviews when complainants are not satisfied with the RCMP’s handling of their complaints. The Commission is not part of the RCMP.
Make a complaint to the Registrar about a licensed security worker or business
Features free information on the law in BC in 190 topic areas.
Provides income advocacy and planning support for people with disabilities. If you need help with disability assistance issues or feel you have been discriminated against due to a disability, they are a great resource.
Advocacy services are delivered to women who require assistance with legal or governmental bodies. Areas of advocacy include issues related to child and family issues, tenancy, benefits, and more.
Offers free legal services to eligible older adults residing in British Columbia on a wide range of legal matters
An online directory of Registered Roster Mediators in British Columbia
Puts the province's children and youth first through public education, community mobilization and public policy advocacy
Offers legal assistance, advice, and representation to low-income and vulnerable people in the Downtown Eastside, with a focus on tenancy and social assistance issues
Provides free legal services to people who need help with a provincial human rights complaint
Provides free legal advice and representation for low-income people, focusing on assisting individuals and families whose immigration or refugee legal issues are not covered or easy to serve in the traditional legal aid system
Advice and representation for criminal matters, Aboriginal law/Indigenous legal issues, family law matters, child protection, human rights complaints, letters of administration, police complaints
Provides free legal services to Indigenous clients living in under-served areas of the province where access to legal advice or representation is difficult or non-existent
Self-help guides for BC's judicial review processes. A judicial review's a court action in which a judge reviews the decision of a tribunal or other legal decision-maker for errors or unfairness.
Helps with family and civil law issues, such as separation and divorce. Phone 604-660-2084 to learn more.
Helps people to understand their legal rights and take the next step to address their legal issues
Provides support, advocacy and resource information to grandparents and other relatives raising a family member’s child as well as to service providers and allies
Free legal advice for people who cannot afford a lawyer. UBC law students are supervised by practicing lawyers.
Provides a range of free legal services. Priority’s given to people with low incomes, but many services are available to all British Columbians. Apply by phone in your community.
Information about legal rights for youth in BC
Helps temporary foreign workers with legal issues, particularly in the areas of employment and immigration. Phone 604-669-4482 and email email@example.com
The office for your Member of the Legislative Assembly can help resolve issues you are having with provincial government or within the constituency. Learn more.
Legal info, advice, referrals, support, and representation to low-income newcomers
The office for your Member of Parliament can help resolve issues you are having with federal government or within the constituency. Learn more.
Helps Indigenous people navigate the criminal justice system in BC, while providing support services for a healthier and more satisfying life free from alcohol, drugs, and violence
You can contact the OPCC to make a complaint against the municipal police
Have a problem with your bank? The Ombudsman can help you resolve it.
Helps parents with child protection issues
Provide support in navigating the health care system
Offers a province-wide approach to identifying and challenging racism. Learn how to report hate crimes, human right violations, and more.
Provides free legal services to low-income women dealing with family law issues such as divorce, custody, protection orders, child support, and spousal support
In small claims court, people can settle their differences in cases worth up to $35,000. The rules and procedures for small claims are less formal and complicated than Supreme Court.
Learn more about small claims court and its procedures with small claims court guides.
SRO residents help peers develop the skills to advocate for themselves in the Downtown Eastside
Provides free legal education and advocacy for BC tenants. You can reach their tenancy infoline at 1-800-665-1185
Provides justice, homelessness and crime prevention services to Indigenous people within Metro Vancouver
Offers legal support to women who have experienced violence or abuse
Frequently Asked Questions
I need help with a tenancy issue
The Tenant and Resource Advisory Centre provides free legal education and advocacy for BC tenants on a wide range of topics. You can reach their tenancy infoline at 1-800-665-1185.
First United Advocacy provides free help for tenants, including in Mandarin
I’ve faced discrimination because of gender, race, disability, or age
The BC Human Rights Clinic provides legal services for people who need help with a provincial human rights complaint. Call them at 1-855-685-6222.
Disability Alliance BC runs a disability law clinic which provides legal guidance to people who’ve faced discrimination due to their disability. Call their law clinic at 1-800-663-1278.
I’m having a dispute over custody, child support, or another family matter
Justice Access Centres help with family and civil law issues such as separation or divorce, income security, employment, housing, or debt.
RISE Women’s Legal Centre provides free legal services to low-income women dealing with family law issues such as divorce, custody, protection orders, child support, and spousal support
I wasn’t paid all my government benefits and need help collecting
Your first step should be to contact the ministry or authority responsible for providing your benefits
CLAS BC provides free help to people looking to access their benefits
BC’s Ombudsperson can also investigate why someone’s not getting benefits they believe they are entitled to, or why they may be experiencing lengthy delays in receiving a public service
I want to make a complaint about a BC public health care service
You can make complaints to patient care quality offices. If you’re not satisfied with their response, you can take the issue to the Patient Care Quality Review Board, or the Quality Care and Safety Office for the First Nations Health Authority. See the Health and Wellness section for more details.
I’m a senior and need legal help
Seniors First BC has legal advocates and lawyers who can help low-income seniors (55 and over) with a wide range of legal issues. Call 604-437-1940.