We provide legal aid in BC. Our priority is to serve the interests of people with low incomes. But many of our services are available to all British Columbians.
Legal Aid BC is also known as the Legal Services Society (LSS). We are a non-profit organization created by the LSS Act in 1979 to provide legal information, advice, and representation to people with low incomes. Every year we help tens of thousands of British Columbians with:
For more information, see the Legal Aid BC website.
Our vision, mission, and values statements guide our work and reflect our commitment to an integrated legal aid model.
A British Columbia where all people are able to find timely and lasting solutions to their legal problems that improve their quality of life.
To provide innovative and integrated services that enable clients to effectively address their legal issues in a broad social context.
BC211 — Free confidential referrals to help and information —Call 211
BC Association of Friendship Centres — Find a friendship centre in your area
Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation — See their A Guide to Aboriginal Organizations and Services in British Columbia for organizations that can help
PovNet — Information about poverty issues and links to organizations that can help
Aboriginal community legal workers — Give legal information and limited advice services
Legal information outreach workers — Give legal information and provide referrals
Community partners — Give legal information and connect people to legal aid
Duty counsel — Give free legal advice
Family duty counsel — Free legal advice — Kwadacha and Tsay Key Dene — Call 1-877-601-6066 (no charge)
Family duty counsel — Free legal advice on family matters — Williams Lake, call 778-395-6200
First Nations Court duty counsel — Give free legal advice about having your matter transferred to First Nations Court and the charges against you — Call 604-601-6074 (Greater Vancouver) or 1-877-601-6066 (no charge outside Greater Vancouver)
Access Pro Bono Law Clinics — Free legal help
Carole James, MLA, Community Office — Free legal clinic, including family and criminal matters — Call 250-412-7794
First Nations and Métis Outreach Program (The Law Centre) — Free legal help, including family matters — Victoria
Native Courtworkers and Counselling Association of BC — Give culturally appropriate services to Aboriginal people involved in the criminal justice system — Call 604-985-5355 (Greater Vancouver) or 1-877-811-1190 (no charge outside Greater Vancouver)
SHED Legal Advocacy Services — Free legal help — Bella Coola
UBC Indigenous Community Legal Clinic — Free legal help on various legal matters — 604-684-7334 (Greater Vancouver) or 1-888-684-7334 (call no charge)
Upper Skeena Counselling & Legal Assistance Society — Free legal help — Hazelton
Victoria Native Friendship Centre — Free legal clinic, including family and criminal matters — Call 250-412-7794