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About the clinic

The Community Advocacy & Legal Centre (CALC) is a non-profit community legal clinic that helps people living on a low income in Hastings, Prince Edward, and Lennox & Addington counties and Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory with their legal problems from our main office in Belleville, Ontario. We also have many satellite offices throughout our three-county service area.

CALC is one of more than 70 clinics providing legal services across Ontario. We’re a member of the Association of Legal Clinics of Ontario. Read more about the clinic system in “Delivering Community Justice Services at Scale: Ontario, Canada.”

To learn more about what we do, read our annual reports or our newsletters.

Visit our Legal Services page for the services we provide, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep in touch with the latest legal news and happenings at the clinic.

Our staff and Board

Our staff includes lawyers, community legal workers, paralegals, and administrative staff. We are also helped by articling students, law students, paralegal, nursing, social work and occupational therapy students, and other volunteers.

A Board of Directors elected by clinic members oversees the clinic and develops policies about how we do our work.

Our funders

Our work is mostly funded by:

 

We’ve also received special grants from:

                         

Donations

We welcome and accept donations to help fund special projects – like hiring articling and summer law students. We are a registered charity and can issue charitable tax receipts.

Our vision, mission, and values

The Board of Directors and staff of CALC are proud of our community legal clinic and what it stands for. We explain what we see as our vision – the change that we are trying to create by our work – the mission of the clinic, and the values that we apply to all our work.

Vision

We strive to achieve social justice with dignity by influencing change in our community, our institutions, and the law.

Mission statement

CALC provides access to justice through quality legal services, advocacy, and information for people living on a low income or in poverty, while promoting legal empowerment and collaborating with community partners.

Values

  • Justice is a right
  • Client-centered and holistic
  • Accessible
  • Respect
  • Community collaboration
  • Innovative and effective services
  • Early intervention and prevention