Battered Women Support Services, Legal Advocacy Program
Provides support, advocacy, information and accompaniment to women who have experienced violence and who are involved in the legal system. They also provide advocacy with other systems, including social assistance and child protection.
BC Coalition of People with Disabilities Advocacy Access Program
Is a centre of excellence for provincial disability benefits and CPP Disability Benefits advocacy. They welcome people with all disabilities: mental health consumers and people with physical, cognitive and sensory disabilities, to make use of their expert service.
The B.C. Courthouse Library Society
Provides access to legal information resources and information services to members of the legal community and the public of British Columbia.
BC Francophone Affairs Program
Francophone portal of the government of British Columbia website. Links to all government services and publications that are available in French.
BC Institute Against Family Violence
Institute that supports, co-ordinates and initiates research and education programs promoting the elimination of violence in all families. Includes publications in English for newcomers and service providers.
BC Liberties Association
The oldest and most active civil liberties group in Canada formed by citizens who volunteer to fulfill the mandate to preserve, defend, maintain and extend civil liberties and human rights in British Columbia and across Canada. Their – programs include education, complaint assistance, legal reform and occasional litigation. It includes multilingual publications.
BC Supreme Court Self-Help Information Centre
Located in the Provincial Court building in downtown Vancouver, the centre contains extensive resources to help people who have a Supreme Court family or civil matter but don’t have a lawyer to represent them. It offers a drop-in service where people can come to find the information they need to prepare their case for court or find alternatives to court.
Canadian Legal Dictionaries
JURIST Canada’s browsable dictionary of basic Canadian legal terms.
Capacity Canada:The BC Internationally Trained Professional Network
A partnership of three major non profit immigrant-serving organizations building the voice of immigrant professionals.
Community Legal Assistance Society
Provides multi-faceted legal services throughout the province of BC in the areas of poverty law, disability law, mental health law, human rights law and equality law. Its services include: service case work, Charter and test case litigation, law reform, legal supervision for legal advocacy groups, legal support to community groups, and public legal education.Dial – A- Law
Library of scripts prepared by lawyers to provide practical information on specific topics of law as they apply in British Columbia. Includes publications in Chinese.
Earth Words Abuse Information in over 70 Languages
Global Inventory of hotlines, shelters, refuges, crisis centres and women’s organizations, searchable by country, plus index of domestic violence resources in over 70 languages.
Directory of BC Multicultural, Antiracism, Immigrant and Community Service Organizations
Publication (in English) of the British Columbia Ministry of Community, Aboriginal and Women’s Services, Settlement and Multiculturalism Branch. It includes the following sections: Multiculturalism, Antiracism, Immigration and Community Service Organizations, Ethno-cultural organizations, Government (federal, provincial, municipal departments), Ethno-cultural Media, English Language Services for Adults (ELSA) and Heritage Language Schools.
Family Services of Greater Vancouver
Provides professional counselling, therapy, consultation, education and other supportive services. Agency that works with a diverse community, in terms of age, ethnicity and socio-economic status.
Farm Workers Legal Advocacy Program
Promotes legal education to increase awareness among seasonal workers. Works in partnership with legal professionals to ensure legally redress for seasonal workers and intends to ensure that relevant information on the rights and obligations of the seasonal workers are presented to them in consistent and timely manner.
Family Law in BC
Web site (in English) that contains self-help materials, links to legal resources and general information about family law.
Justice for Girls Legal Advocacy Program
This advocacy program works to address breaches of girls’ rights within criminal justice, child welfare, mental/health and educational institutions.
Law Centre (University of Victoria)
Provides advice, assistance and representation to clients who cannot afford a lawyer, clinical and legal education to law students and legal education programs to the public. Includes self-help forms, fact sheets and booklets in English.
Law Court Education Society of BC
Provides educational programs and services about the justice system in Canada and British Columbia that help the public to understand how our justice system works as well as those working within the system to better understand the justice-related issues that different people face. Includes multilingual publications.
An online legal information service (in English) for low-income British Columbians, which connects to information and tools to resolve legal problems.
Lawyer Referral Service Information
This service is designed to assist the general public in finding the appropriate lawyer.
Legal Services Society
Provides information about legal aid as well as multilingual legal information through publications (printed and online), the LawLine (in English) and other web sites.
Quick ‘snapshots’ of the immigrant population and ethno-cultural composition of British Columbia based on Canada census data.
Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, BC Division, Volunteer Legal Advocacy Program
The main objective of this program is to make legal information and advocacy available by telephone, email or in person to people living with multiple sclerosis in the Lower Mainland, Victoria and Kamloops. Publications in English on disability insurance, human rights, Canadian Pension Plan disability benefits, self-advocacy and knowledge about legal resources.
National Association of Women and the Law
A Canadian non-profit organization that has worked to improve the legal status of women in Canada through law reform since 1974. Includes publications in English and French.
People’s Law School
Provides multilingual legal information on a variety of topics in plain language, organizes legal educational events, presentations to schools and provide speakers for community groups in BC.
Searchable web site for people on welfare, advocates and community groups who are involved in antipoverty work. Provides up-to-date information about welfare and housing laws and resources in British Columbia, as well as links to anti-poverty issues and organizations.
The Poverty and Human Rights Centre
The Poverty and Human Rights Centre is committed to eradicating poverty and promoting social and economic equality through human rights.Its library is a searchable database of materials related to social and economic rights.
Resource for lawyers and community organizations involved in the delivery of pro bono legal services. Includes links to pro-bono resources.
The Red Book Online
Guide to community, social and government agencies and services across the Lower Mainland.
Representation Agreement and Resource Centre
A non-government, charitable society, volunteer driven and supported by the organizations and individuals who were involved in bringing about reform of adult guardianship legislation.
Seniors Gateway to Legal Information and Resources
A project developed in partnership between 411 Seniors Centre (411) and the Representation Agreement Resource Centre (RARC), which includes useful information in English for senior citizens.
SFU Centre for Education, Law and Society
Its main purpose is to improve the legal literacy of children and young adults through a program of teaching, curriculum development, research, and community initiatives.
S.U.C.C.E.S.S Online Chinese Library
A non-partisan citizen organization for the promotion of the well-being of Canadians and new immigrants and their participation in a just, equitable, and culturally diverse society through the provision of services, community development and advocacy. English and Chinese web site.
UBC Law Students Legal Advice Program
Non-profit society run by law students at the University of British Columbia, which offers free legal advice and legal representation at clinics located throughout the Greater Vancouver Regional District. Includes the Legal Advice Program Manual (in English) intended to help law students in their law clinics.
Tenants Rights Action Coalition (TRAC)
Community-based coalition of groups and individuals working to improve legal protection for tenants and to promote community action for the purpose of protecting and increasing the supply of affordable rental housing in B.C. It includes multilingual fact sheets.
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Library
Unique source of legislation adopted by states and territories around the world to put into effect the international drug control conventions. Laws are published and added to the library in one or two of the working languages of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs.
The BC Coalition to Eliminate Abuse of Seniors Legal Advocacy Project
The project goal is to provide legal information, referral and legal advocacy to seniors, community agencies and organizations, government departments Community Response Networks, Victim Services, and others throughout the province, who call its Information and Referral line.
The Kettle Friendship Society Advocay Service Program
This Advocacy Service is mandated to serve self-identified consumer/survivors of mental health services. Their primary goal is to work on a self-empowerment model, addressing both individual needs and systemic issues.
West Coast Environmental Law
BC’s legal champion for the environment. Through legal advice, education and advocacy, West Coast provides citizens and organizations with the knowledge, tools and innovative solutions needed to protect our environment and build sustainability locally, nationally and internationally. It includes multilingual publications.
West Coast LEAF
Is the largest branch of National LEAF outside of Ontario. It is an incorporated non-profit society in British Columbia and a federally registered charity. English Publications.
Western Canada Society to Access Justice
Provides pro Bono lawyers assistance to persons who cannot obtain legal aid or afford a lawyer, through pro Bono clinics throughout the Western provinces (BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba).