LEGAL ADVOCATE

Legal Advocates

If you are having a legal issue or a problem that you need help with, including accessing income assistance or Persons with Disabilities (PWD) benefits, housing, and other basic services, find a legal advocate in your region that can assist you by visiting PovNet. PovNet provides a comprehensive list of advocates  for different issues and regions. Compiled below is a list of community groups, legal advocates and organizations in the Lower Mainland and across BC to which we often refer callers and clients. Many of these links are directly from PovNet.org where there is a more comprehensive list of free advocacy services both provincially and nationally.

Province Wide Services

Battered Women’s Support Services is a women’s organization  that provides crisis support, counselling – long term and stopping the violence counselling, victim services, legal advocacy, Indigenous Women’s Program, Advancing Women’s Awareness Regarding Employment (AWARE) Program, Latin American Women’s Program, Women’s Safety and Outreach Program, violence prevention & intervention volunteer training, law reform, retail program, strategic interventions training for service providers, social enterprise.

Region: Province wide
Phone:604-687-1868 or 1-855-687-1868 (toll free)
Email: information(at)bwss.org
Website: www.bwss.org

BC Centre for Elder Advocacy and Support works to prevent elder abuse and to provide assistance and support to older adults that are, or may be, abused and those whose rights have been violated. They provide programs that educate, support and advocate on behalf of clients through programs such as Seniors Abuse & Information Line (SAIL), victim services program, legal programs, education & outreach programs, workshops and presentations and The Seniors Reaching Out to Seniors program.

Region: Province wide
Phone: 604-688-1927
Email: info(at)bcceas.ca
Website: www.bcceas.ca

Disability Alliance BC has an  Advocacy Access Program which supports, and provides information and one-to-one assistance for people with all disabilities. Some of their work includes supporting people apply for and appeal the denial of provincial and federal (Canada Pension Plan [CPP-D]) disability benefits.

Region: Province wide
Phone: 604-872-1278 or 1800-663-1278 (toll free)
TTY line (Deaf or hard of hearing only): 604-875-8835
Website: www.disabilityalliancebc.org

Downtown Vancouver

Downtown Eastside Women’s Center Advocacy program supports women who struggle with mental health by providing legal advocacy with support and counseling. Some of this work includes advocacy on BC benefits (welfare), residential tenancy, Applications for safe long-term housing, referrals to transition and emergency housing, referrals to drug and alcohol recovery programs, parental custody and family justice counselling.

Region: Vancouver – Downtown Eastside
Phone: 604-681-8480
Website: www.dewc.ca

First United Church – Advocacy Program provides advocacy to low-income Downtown Eastside residents with issues that relate to social assistance, welfare, disability, tenancy, employment insurance, workers compensation, Old Age Security, Canada Pension Plan, immigration, debt, employment-related issues, human rights and provides referrals.

Region: Vancouver – Downtown Eastside
Phone: 604-681-8365
Drop-in times: Monday, Wednesday and Fridays 9-11AM, Tuesday and Thursday 12:30-2:30 PM
Website: www.firstunited.ca/advocacy

Kettle Friendship Society Advocacy supports people living with mental health issues with welfare benefits, debt issues, tenancy disputes and child protection.

Region: Vancouver East
Phone: 604-251-2801
Email: info(at)thekettle.ca
Website: www.thekettle.ca

UBC Indigenous Community Legal Clinic provides free legal services to the Indigenous community in the Downtown Eastside.

Region: Vancouver – Downtown Eastside
Phone: 604-684-7334
Website: www.allard.ubc.ca/iclc/indigenous-community-legal-clinic

 

St. Paul’s Church Advocacy supports people in the Greater Vancouver area with advocacy issues related to welfare applications, crisis grant application, health care issues, short- and long-term housing problems, legal aid, and more.

Region: Vancouver – Downtown
Phone: 604 683 4287
Website: www.stpaulsanglican.bc.ca/hospitality/st-pauls-advocacy-office

Lower Mainland

Abbotsford Community Services – Community Legal Advocacy
The Community Legal Advocacy program at the Abbotsford Community Services Society serves residents of Abbotsford, Chilliwack and Mission with information, advice, referrals and representation on a variety of issues including income assistance, housing, employment issues,  as well as Canada Pension Plan. Call to make an appointment

Region: Abbotsford, Chilliwack and Mission
Phone: 604.859.7681 Ext. 207
Email: ilena.candiani(at)abbotsfordcommunityservices.com
Website: http://www.abbotsfordcommunityservices.com/programs/community/community-legal-advocacy

Law Student’s Legal Advice Program provides free legal advice and representation to clients who would otherwise be unable to afford legal assistance. For a list of legal issues covered visit the LSLAP website. Clinics are located throughout the Lower Mainland. LSLAP does not give legal advice over the telephone. All LSLAP clinics require an appointment.

Region: Vancouver – Lower Mainland
Phone: 604-822-5791
Website: www.lslap.bc.ca

Sources Community Resource Centres – Newton provide support, assistance, and information for people on Income Assistance or with low incomes, including Homeless Prevention, Mental Health Advocacy, Disability Support Advocacy, and Poverty Law Program. There is also a Pro-bono legal clinic operating for tax, civil and family law, immigration and criminal matters.

Region: Surrey, Newton
Phone: 604-596-2311
Contact Hours: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm | Monday – Friday
Website: www.sourcesbc.ca

Wilson Heights Church – Advocacy Program provides information, general advocacy, referrals, and support for individuals requiring assistance with issues such as welfare, Housing, CPP, OAS/GIS and residential tenancy.

Region: Vancouver – South
Phone: 604-325-9944 (ext. 225)
Website: www.whuc.net

Vancouver Island

Nanaimo Citizen Advocacy Association provides the following services: Persons with Disability Applications, Appeals & Tribunals, Counseling & Problem solving, Assistance with completion of some documents, General Advocacy, Residential Tenancy issues, Residential dispute resolution, Outreach to partnering communities, Public legal education workshops, C.P.P. Disability applications

Region: Nanaimo & Mid-Vancouver Island
Phone: 250-753-2321
Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-4pm
Website: www.nanaimocaa.com

Together Against Poverty Society is a an advocacy organization in Victoria BC that provides tenant advocacy, income assistance advocacy, disability advocacy, employment standards advocacy, public legal education, and income tax preparation during tax time. Call them about your issue to determine if you are eligible for their services and to make an appointment.

Region: Victoria
Phone: 250-361-3521
Website: www.tapsbc.ca

Northern BC

Active Support Against Poverty provides support, assistance, advocacy, workshops, free clothing, referrals, and access to phone or fax for job searches.

Region: Prince George & Area
Phone: 250-563-6112
Website: www.clbc.cioc.ca/record/CLB0016

Kootenay

The Advocacy Centre – Nelson is a non-profit, community-based organization which provides legal information, education and problem solving for low-income residents of the Central Kootenays. They provide specialized victim assistance to victims of relationship violence, sexual assault and child abuse. Some of their advocacy programs include welfare, poverty, specialized Victim Services, family law/child protection, landlord/tenant advocacy, Safe Haven, education and workshops, and Your Rights as a Victim.

Region: Nelson – Central Kootenays
Phone: 250-352-5777 or 1-877-352-5777 (toll free)
Email: advocacycentre@nelsoncares.ca
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursdays 10am-4pm (closed from 12-1pm) & Tuesdays 1-4pm
Website: www.advocacycentre.org