Legal information & Services
BLAC offers a diverse range of legal services and advice on issues related to education, employment, housing, human rights, government support, and other topics. All of our assistance starts with giving advice and discussing your situation with you, and then moving on to additional help as needed. Please review the list of ways we can support you below, or contact us for help.
Please note that due to COVID-19 we are currently not accepting any walk-ins or in-person appointments. We will continue to take new inquiries by telephone. Thank you for your understanding.
We also offer comprehensive information about legal issues that we do not directly advise on through Steps to Justice, such as criminal law, family law, and immigration. Steps to Justice is an information resource that gives reliable and practical information on common legal problems including:
- step-by-step information to help you work through your legal problems
- practical tools, such as checklists, fillable forms, and self-help guides
- referral information for legal and social services across Ontario
- live chat and email support if you can’t find the answers to your questions
BLAC provides both legal advice and information for the following categories of legal issue if it relates to anti-Black racism. Click on the individual category links to get more information about how we can help you.
BLAC advocates for students who attend publicly funded Ontario school by providing summary legal advice, document preparation and representation when appealing disciplinary measure such as suspensions and discriminatory treatment.
Explore education law
BLAC can help you understand your right to be free from discrimination and what you can do if you believe you have been discriminated against. Discrimination may also include having difficulty asking for and getting appropriate accommodations due to your personal differences.
Explore human rights law
BLAC can advocate and provide services for people who are employed in non-unionized workplaces. We can help with a wide range of issues including employment standards, employment Insurance, and wrongful dismissal if the issue is related to anti-Black racism.
Explore employment law
BLAC can support you with understanding the complex rules and processes associated with social assistance and other public benefits. We can provide summary legal advice and assistance in negotiations for income support programs if your issue is related to anti-Black racism.
Explore income assistance
BLAC only provides services for tenants if their legal issue is related to anti-Black racism. Our organization can help with various matters such as evictions, warning letters or complains to landlords, termination notices, and human rights-related complaints.
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If you are concerned with how you were treated by the police, you can make a complaint. BLAC can support you by advocating on your behalf, providing summary advice, preparing and filing a complaint and representing you during an investigation. BLAC also offers systems navigation support to advocacy groups.
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BLAC does not provide assistance with the following categories of legal issues. However, we supply information on these topics from Steps to Justice that may help you. As well, Legal Aid Ontario may provide you assistance in these areas. Click on the individual category links to get more information.