our vision

Waterloo Region is a place where everyone has equal access to justice and to the supports necessary to improve their quality of life.

Legal Assistance

We provide legal assistance in specific areas of law to low-income individuals and families ranging from summary advice to full representation.

Public Legal Education

Public Legal Education is an essential component of social justice. We regularly offer legal education sessions on a variety of topics including tenants’ rights, Wills, Estates and Power of Attorney, Criminal Injuries Compensation and Employment Law that are tailored to meet your group’s needs.

Community Advocacy

WRCLS participates in law reform activities and community development activities.  We are interested in improving the lives of people living in poverty and removing barriers that prevent community members from accessing justice.

How We Can Help You

Tenant Issues

Do you have questions about your tenancy? Are you facing eviction? Is your landlord not making repairs?

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Ontario Works and ODSP

Have you been denied OW or ODSP benefits? Do you need help applying for ODSP benefits? Has an overpayment been assessed on your file?

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CPP - Disability

Have you been denied CPP-D benefits? Do you need help applying for CPP-D benefits?

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Criminal Injuries

Have you been the victim of a crime in Ontario?

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Employment

Have you been bullied at work? Have you been fired? Have you been denied Employment Insurance benefits?

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Consumer Protection

Are you getting calls from bill collectors? Have you signed a contract that you don’t understand?

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Territory Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that we are on the traditional territory of‎ the Anishnawbe, Haudenosaunee, and Neutral peoples. Waterloo Region Community Legal Services is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. We thank them for allowing us to do this good work on their traditional lands.

It is important that we recognize that colonialism is not just a thing of the past, but a systemic issue that continues to this day. The Territory Acknowledgement is a critical part of decolonization as it ensures that we ground our actions in the understanding that we occupy stolen lands