Referrals - Youth - Community Advocacy & Legal Centre

Referrals - Youth Issues

Specialty Legal Clinic


Justice for Children and Youth - provides select legal representation to low-income children and youth in Toronto and vicinity. They are a non-profit legal aid clinic that specializes in protecting the rights of those facing conflicts with the legal system, education, social service or mental health systems. They give summary legal advice, information and assistance to young people, parents (in education matters), professionals and community groups across Ontario.  Their website offers many publications, pamphlets and newsletters.


They have information, including a legal rights wiki, and pamphlets on many issues affecting youth including:

  •  Child Protection

  •  Family Issues

  •  School Issues

  •  Youth Criminal Justice

  •  Health Care Rights

  •  Age Based Laws




Clinic staff provide limited services to parents and youth who are experiencing difficulty getting the special education programs they or their children are entitled to.  Please call us for help.


Visit our Education page for more details and other education links.


Ontario Ombudsman also takes complaints about school boards.  See their website or brochure for more info.



Education - Universities


Ontario Ombudsman - As of January 1, 2016, the Ontario Ombudsman will now investigate complaints about Universities.  See their website or brochure for more details.





Legal Aid Ontario's Young Person’s Diversion Program Hotline: 1-800-265-0451 or 1-800-561-2561

Legal information via an automated message for first time, under-18 offenders, accused of non-violent crime. Leave a message for Legal Aid duty counsel, who will return the call and provide 20 minutes of free summary legal advice.


John Howard Society of Belleville and District - provides supports and services to those at risk of entering the criminal justice system, offenders, ex-offenders, their families, schools, communities and the public at large that encourages reintegration, community safety and prevention of crime. 


The John Howard Society of Belleville and District serves Hastings County, Prince Edward County and Quinte West. Two of the programs offered by this branch of John Howard are:

Referrals can be made by phone, fax, email or in person and can be made by parents or the youth themselves. Their contact numbers are: phone 613-968-6628, fax 613-968-6696, email


The John Howard Society of Belleville also has a help line available for both youth aged 12-17 or their parents at 613-922-9355.



Other Resources


Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) -  pamphlets are available on their Youth Justice page


Teen Legal Helpline - free, anonymous online legal advice to teens in Ontario


Department of Justice - Information for Children and Youth on family violence and the law in Canada