The Hamilton Community Legal Clinic works to meet the legal needs of people who would otherwise have significant barriers to getting legal services. We do this by providing legal services for low-income individuals and communities to promote access to justice and improve the quality of life.
The Clinic launched in 2010 with the amalgamation of three independent community legal clinics. Those three clinics had operated in the City for over thirty years. The merger meant legal services would be available to more low-income Hamilton residents.
Our clinic provides a variety of services.
Legal advice and referrals and legal representation are offered in various areas of law such as tenant rights, social assistance, workers compensation and more.
Our public legal education, community development and law reform efforts assist individuals, groups and communities to bring about change that will impact the entire community. Together with our community, we have celebrated significant law reform victories like the full indexing of Workers Compensation benefits. The halting of mass illegal evictions is but one example of the value of community legal education in the asserting rights of tenants and others.
In 2012, the Clinic earned the designation as an organization providing public services in French under the French Languages Services Act.
Find out more about our services at www.hamiltonjustice.ca