COVID-19 and the legal system. Your questions answered.

Legal aid can help

Legal aid can help

Do you have a legal problem?

COVID-19 update

Legal Aid BC applications are now taken by phone only. For the most up-to-date information about Legal Aid BC services, please see Legal aid services.


Legal Aid BC has a range of free services that might be able to help. We give priority to people with low incomes. But many of our services are available to all British Columbians. We can help you access legal information, advice, and representation services.

What can I find on this website? 

What can I find on this website? 
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You can find free legal information about legal rights for Aboriginal peoples. You can also find out about our free information services, including:

How do I apply for legal aid?

How do I apply for legal aid?
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You can apply by contacting your local legal aid location. See the map at the bottom of this page to find locations across BC.

Legal Aid BC provides intake outreach to bands in the following communities:

  • Kamloops — Adams Lake, Neshonilith, and Chu Chua
  • Nanaimo — Qualicum, Snaw-naw-as, Penelakut, Lake Cowichan, Snuneymuxw, Malahat, Lyackson/Halalt, and Stz'uminus
  • North Vancouver — D'Arcy and Mount Currie
  • Salmon Arm — Splats'In
  • Victoria — Tseycom Reserve, Esquimalt First Nation, and Port Renfrew Reserve

If there isn't a legal aid location in your community, contact the Legal Aid BC Call Centre.

Have your financial and court information handy when you apply. To find out what information you need to apply, see the Legal Aid BC website. If you don't have all the documents we need, we'll tell you what to do next.

How can I get legal advice?

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If you don't qualify for representation by a legal aid lawyer, you might still be able to get free legal advice through our duty counsel lawyers and other services. Our services include:

Criminal law

Family law

Immigration law

See the Legal Aid BC website to find out if you qualify for legal advice.

Will a lawyer represent me?

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If you qualify, you might be able to get a lawyer to take your case for:

  • serious family problems
  • child protection matters (see Parents Legal Centre)
  • criminal law issues
  • some immigration, mental health, and prison law issues

How do I get free child support mediation?

How do I get free child support mediation?
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You might be able to get free mediation for your child support issues if you're a parent who:

  • needs to change a child support order or agreement because your income has been affected by COVID-19, or
  • has recently separated and needs to make a child support agreement because you don’t have one.

At least one parent needs to live in BC to apply for the Remote Child Support Mediation service. You can learn more about this service and other dispute resolution services available on MyLawBC.


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    Aboriginal community legal workers — Give legal information and limited advice services

    Legal information outreach workers — Give legal information and provide referrals

    BC211 — Free confidential referrals to help and information — Call 211