If you need help to pay for a lawyer
If you cannot afford to pay a lawyer, you may be able to get help from Legal Aid Ontario (LAO). Claimants who qualify can get a legal aid certificate to hire a lawyer. A certificate can pay for specific services.
A legal aid certificate can pay for:
- your lawyer’s time
- an interpreter for appointments with your lawyer
- translation of documents for your claim
- medical or psychological reports
If you have a legal aid certificate, you should not pay for these services.
But there are limits to the amounts that LAO will pay. In some cases, a lawyer can ask LAO to pay more but they will often refuse.
Legal Aid Ontario offers lists of lawyers who accept legal aid certificates. You can search for refugee lawyers by location and language.← If you need help to pay for a lawyer