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Introduction

Laws set out the rules we must follow when we renovate our home, adopt a child, get a divorce, or fight a parking ticket. Whatever the issue, the library can help get you started.


Community Legal Worker in the Library

Drop into our Queen’s Square location on Tuesday afternoons from 1:00pm-4:00pm for advice from our community legal worker, Giordano. For those with little or no income and few resources, he can provide guidance on:

  • Landlord and tenant disputes
  • Social assistance including Ontario Works and Ontario Disability
  • Canada Pension Plan
  • Criminal injuries compensation
  • Employment Insurance
  • Consumer law

Waterloo Region Community Legal Services (WRCLS) is one of 76 community legal clinics funded by Legal Aid Ontario. You can also contact WRCLS by phone at 519.743.0254.

 

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Find a Lawyer or Paralegal
Find legal advice and aid. Includes links to the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Referral Service, Pro Bono Law Ontario (PBLO), and other sources of legal help.

Legal Dictionary
Basic law terms from the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General.

 

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Law and Safety (ServiceOntario)
Ontario's laws and related information about our legal system, emergency services, the Ontario Provincial Police and victim services.

Your Legal Rights (CLEO)
Legal information for people in Ontario, maintained by CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario). Topics covered include family law, criminal law, landlord tenant law, and employment law. Many resources are available in other languages.

Legal Resources (CLEO)
Clear and simple descriptions of the law to help people understand and exercise their legal rights. Topics covered include family law, criminal law, landlord tenant law, and employment law. Many resources are available in other languages.

 

FAQs ON COMMON TOPICS

Wills and Estates (inheritances, power of attorney, etc.)
FAQs from Justice Ontario and CLEO.

Family Law (separation and divorce, child custody, support payments, etc)
FAQs from Justice Ontario and CLEO.

Employment and Work (employment standards, health and safety, labour relations, etc.)
FAQs from the Ontario Ministry of Labour and CLEO.

Landlord and Tenant Rights (evictions, rent, privacy, etc.)
FAQs from the Landlord and Tenant Board and CLEO.

Youth and Law
Guide to youth law from the Ontario Ministry of Children & Youth Services and CLEO.

 

IN-DEPTH RESEARCH

Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII)
Excellent source of case law. CanLII gathers legislative and judicial texts as well as legal commentaries from federal, provincial and territorial jurisdictions on a single website. Find case law by case name.

Ontario Gazette
Official newspaper of the Government of Ontario. Published weekly, the Gazette gives access to notices and regulations of the Ontario government. The Gazette from January 2000 to the present is available on this site.

Canada Gazette
Official newspaper of the Government of Canada since 1841. Published in three parts, the Gazette gives access to all legally binding decisions of the Government of Canada. The Gazette from 1841 to the present is available on this site.

LEGISinfo
Search for Canadian Senate and House of Commons bills since 2001, or browse through bills currently before Parliament. Includes the bill's text at different stages, current status as well as debates and further reading.

Legal Research Guides
Created by the Law Society of Upper Canada, these guides provide a starting point for Canadian and international legal research.


City of Cambridge Bylaws
Links to the most frequently requested bylaws of the City of Cambridge, including animal control, building and zoning, noise, heat for residential dwellings, snow removal and property standards.

Waterloo Regional Bylaws
Links to the Region's most frequently requested bylaws, including traffic and parking, waste collection, smoking, pesticide, noxious weeds, filming events, sewer use, signs, special events, conservation of trees and woodlands.

Legal Aid
1.800.668.8258
Legal Aid Ontario provides many programs and services to help low-income people who need legal aid. You must be financially eligible to qualify for these services, and your legal matter must be one that Legal Aid Ontario covers. Call toll-free 1-800-668-8258 to speak to legal aid staff.

Waterloo Region Community Legal Services
101-450 Frederick Street
Kitchener, ON N2H 2P5
519.743.0254
Contact the main office to arrange appointments in Cambridge.
Services are free for those with little or no income and few resources. Contact them to see if you qualify. Does not deal with all legal issues. Some areas where they can offer assistance are housing, landlord and tenant issues and income security problems such as workers' compensation, social assistance and disability support programs.


Law Society of Upper Canada's YouTube channel offers videos with legal insights into situations where people may require a lawyer, such as real estate transactions, wills and estate planning, personal injury cases, and family law. The goal of the videos is to show the public how lawyers can help them in legal transactions. See a listing and learn more about the videos here.

 

Family Matters with Justice Harvey Brownstone is an online TV program about family law in Canada. Justice Brownstone and his guests help us understand our complicated family law system. Topics include child support, elder abuse, prenuptial agreements, child protection. Also available free through iTunes.