The Addiction Helpline is a toll free confidential service which provides alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and problem gambling support, information and referral to services. The Addiction Helpline operates 24 hour a day, seven days a week and is available to all Albertans.
Toll free: 1-866-332-2322
Centre Albertain D'information Juridique (Alberta Legal Information Centre)
The Centre is operated by the French-speaking Legal Professionals Association of Alberta and provides legal information, guidance and support in both official languages that is confidential and free to persons facing a civil, criminal or administrative law issue.
Toll free: 1-844-266-5822
Alberta Limited Services Legal Project
The Limited Legal Services Project is about helping lawyers provide more limited legal services to more clients, and about letting people who might not otherwise be able to hire a lawyer know that other options are available. Check out their Guide for Clients which is intended to help clients understand the legal service options available, and whether limited legal services are right for you. The site also provides a listing of Alberta lawyers participating in the Limited Legal Services Project.
Alberta Native Friendship Centres Association
There are 21 Native Friendship Centres throughout Alberta. The Friendship Centres have a strong understanding of the needs of the urban Indigenous community. While bound together with a common vision, member Friendship Centres are autonomous and are responsible to respond to needs as identified by their communities. The range of programs and services offered varies greatly and includes, but is not limited to, accredited alternative schools, daycares, youth centres, employment programs, homeless shelters, cultural camps, socio-economic, health promotion and prevention and life skills programs.
Medicine Hat: 403-526-0756;
Pincher Creek: 403-627-4224
Individuals and families can access emergency shelters and temporary housing when they face family violence or homelessness.
Find a shelter online or Call 2-1-1
Alberta Supports Centers
Call for information and referrals to more than 120 social benefits and services for seniors, work or training, income support, disabilities, bullying, family violence, homelessness, child care subsidy and more.
Toll free: 1-877-644-9992
Association of Translators and Interpreters of Alberta
The Association of Translators and Interpreters of Alberta) is the only association of certified translators, court interpreters, and conference interpreters in the province of Alberta.
Toll Free (outside Edmonton): 1- 888 434 2842
Calgary Chinese Community Service Association - Legal Clinic
The Calgary Chinese Community Service Association is an ethnocultural community service agency. CCSA offers four core programs: Children and Youth, Integration and Civic Engagement (ICE), Health Program, and Legal Program. Their Law and Advocacy Program is funded by the Alberta Law Foundation and provides a range of services including: basic legal information and referrals, Commissioner for Oaths and Notary, a free legal outreach clinic and will and estate documents drafting services.
Calgary Immigrant Women's Association - Legal Clinic
Calgary Immigrant Women's Association (CIWA) is a non-profit organization established in 1982 as a registered charity. CIWA is a culturally diverse settlement agency that recognizes, responds to, and focuses on the unique concerns and needs of immigrant and refugee women, girls and their families. The organization's website details their service areas including legal services, crime prevention education, and civic engagement services.
Calgary Legal Guidance
Calgary Legal Guidance provides legal information and advice to low-income people dealing with criminal, civil and family law issues who cannot afford a lawyer and don't qualify for Legal Aid.
Calgary Seniors Resource Society
Calgary Seniors Resource Society helps potentially at-risk seniors achieve and maintain their quality of life. What this looks like varies greatly from person to person, which is the society is innovative and creative in the programs and services they offer. They effectively combine social work and outreach with community engagement, education, and volunteer programming that work hand-in-hand; not only do they assist in a crisis, but they provide ongoing assistance to ensure seniors are supported appropriately long-term.
Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta
The Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta (CPLEA) is a public legal education organization dedicated to making information about the law available in readable and understandable language for Albertans. CPLEA uses a collaborative approach to develop materials and strategies for teaching people about the law. CPLEA does NOT provide legal advice or answer specific legal questions.
Children's Legal and Education Resource Center (CLERC)
CLERC offers legal advice, information, representation, referrals and services to children and youth across Alberta. Lawyers at CLERC provide representation to young people 19 years of age and under who have nowhere else to turn for legal support.
Phone: (403) 207-9029
The purpose of Dial-A-Law is to make you aware of your rights and responsibilities by providing you with general legal information. The topics in the Dial-A-Law series provide general information on a wide variety of legal issues in the Province of Alberta. Dial A Law is easy to use by either phone or computer.
Duty Counsel - Legal Assistance at Court
Duty Counsel are lawyers who provide information, guidance and advice to you prior to your court appearance. Duty Counsel helps people who are unrepresented at their court appearance and can offer limited basic services. Depending on the situation, duty counsel may speak to the court on your behalf. This service is free to all Albertans. If you are unrepresented for your first court appearance, go directly to the courthouse where the matter is being heard and ask to speak to duty counsel.
Elizabeth Fry Society
EFry has court workers who provide information to both men and women on court procedure and plea options. They also provide referrals to duty counsel and other community resources. The society offers a variety of programs for women and girls including a legal clinic.
Phone: (403) 294-0737
The Family Centre, based in Lethbridge, is a non-profit organization providing a comprehensive range of services to children, youth and families in Southwestern Alberta. Through funding from the Alberta Law Foundation the Centre provides legal information, support and referral services.
Family Court Counsellors (Alberta Courts)
Family Court Counsellors provide services, at no cost, to families who are involved in parenting disputes and are living separate and apart. The service is designed for people who are not represented by a lawyer. Services may include: Information on options and services for resolving family issues; Referrals to services and programs including mediation; Information on the effects of separation and divorce on children; Help to negotiate agreements; Assistance with court applications, arranging court dates and presenting the case in Provincial Court.
Immigrant Services Calgary - Legal Clinic
Immigrant Services Calgary is a comprehensive immigrant settlement agency. ISC provides information on housing, education, the Calgary school systems, employment, health care, documents, citizenship and immigration, accreditation and general help in adjusting to life in Canada. Services provided also include offering advice in immigration law for permanent residents and Canadian citizens.
Indigenous Courtwork Programs - Southern Alberta
The purpose of the Indigenous Courtwork Program is to help Indigenous people involved in the criminal justice system to obtain fair, just, equitable and culturally relevant treatment. The Program assists Indigenous people to understand their right to speak on their own behalf or to request legal counsel and to better understand the nature of the charges against them and the philosophy and functioning of the criminal justice system. This program is also able to assist Indigenous people involved in areas of family, child welfare and traffic court.
Siksika First Nation (403) 734-5128
Blood Tribe First Nation (403) 737-2555
Tsuu T'ina Stoney Corrections Society (403) 238-5649
John Howard Society
The John Howard Society of Alberta (JHSA) is a non-profit, charitable organization serving young people without support systems, victims, and people at risk or involved with the justice system. All services are free of charge.
Medicine Hat: 403-526-5916
Law Central Alberta
Law Central Alberta is a portal or collection of links to law-related information and educational resources on justice and legal issues of interest to Albertans. Their purpose is to create an educated public who understands their rights and responsibilities under the law, and who knows where to go for legal help and referrals.
Lawyer Referral Service
A program operated by the Law Society of Alberta to assist members of the public in finding a lawyer who will provide the legal services they require. LRS will provide you with the names and telephone numbers of three lawyers practicing in this area. You may then call one, two, or three of the lawyers to make an appointment with them to talk about your legal issue.
Phone: 403-228-1722 OR Toll-Free: 1-800-661-1095
Lethbridge Legal Guidance
(LLG) offers free legal guidance to low-income individuals who have a legal issue and do not qualify for Legal Aid. Volunteer lawyers provide legal information and advice on a variety of legal issues including family issues such as separation/divorce, custody and access, and child support; civil issues such as debt, small claims, landlord/tenant, traffic/bylaw; employment law and income support issues; criminal law issues; personal injury; and Immigration issues such as sponsorship, work permits, Canadian citizenship and permanent residency.
Lethbridge: (403) 380-6338
Medicine Hat Legal Help Center
The Medicine Hat Legal Help Center provides free legal information and advice to low to moderate income people who have a legal issue but do not qualify for Legal Aid. Call the center for help with any of these legal issues: Family law, including separation and divorce, child custody and child support, Employment issues, Debt and foreclosure, Immigration issues, Landlord and tenant disputes and Civil matters. The Center can support community members in Medicine Hat, Brooks and surrounding areas of Southeastern Alberta.
Medicine Hat: 403-712-1021
Mental Health Help Line
Provides toll-free, 24/7 telephone service, which offers help for mental health concerns for Albertans. The help line provides confidential, anonymous service, crisis intervention, information about mental health programs and services and referrals to other agencies if needed.
Mental Health Patient Advocate
The MHPA helps people who are or have been detained in hospital under admission or renewal certificates and people under community treatment orders (CTO), and those acting on their behalf, to understand and exercise their rights. The MHPA is not part of a provincial health authority, hospital, clinic, or treatment team. The services are free of charge.
Phone: 780-422-1812 OR Toll Free: 310-0000 then 780-422-1812
Native Counselling Services
If you have been charged with a crime, are involved with Children's Services, or are under 18 and in trouble with the law, an NCSA court worker can help you. They are not lawyers and cannot provide legal advice but they can help guide you through the court process and connect you to resources in the community.
Office of the Child and Youth Advocate
The Office of the Child and Youth Advocate (OCYA) is an independent office of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, mandated to work with vulnerable young people. Anyone can make a request for a lawyer for a young person. A court order is not needed.
Toll-free: 1-800-661-3446 OR Northern Alberta: 780-422-6056
Pro Bono Law Alberta - Civil Claims Duty Counsel
Pro Bono Law Alberta (PBLA) is a nonprofit charitable organization that promotes access to justice in Alberta by creating and promoting opportunities for lawyers to provide pro bono (free) legal services to persons of limited means. The Civil Claims Duty Counsel program can provide legal advice, information on court procedures, help preparing for trials, motions and other appearances and completing forms.
Calgary Courts Centre
601 – 5 Street SW
South Tower, 15 Floor
Rooms S15-06, S15-23, S15-39
Pro Bono Law Alberta - Queens Bench Assistance Program
Pro Bono Law Alberta (PBLA) is a nonprofit charitable organization that promotes access to justice in Alberta by creating and promoting opportunities for lawyers to provide pro bono (free) legal services to persons of limited means. The goal of the program is to improve access to justice for self-represented litigants appearing in Queen' Bench Justice and Masters Chambers. There is also a free legal advice clinic that can help with preparing for court, bankruptcy, foreclosure and other civil matters.
Calgary Courts Centre
601 – 5 Street SW
For Assistance in Morning Chambers on Tues/Weds/Thurs: 9th and 10th Floor North (Look for our volunteers with yellow badges)
Free Legal Advice Clinic: Room 8-49, 8th floor North, 1-4pm
Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Services
The Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service (RTDRS) is a fast, inexpensive, less-formal way to settle disputes between landlords and tenants.
Edmonton: 780-644-3000 OR Toll-free: 310-0000, then 780-644-3000
Resolution Services is a group of programs offered by Alberta Justice and Solicitor General to provide information and assistance to people wanting to resolve common family law issues or access the courts. The Resolution Services Contact Centre can assist clients with Resolution and Court Administration Services, general court and resolution information, and referrals when needed.
Toll free: 1-855-738-4747
Student Legal Assistance
A student-managed, non-profit society dedicated to helping low-income individuals in Calgary and area understand their legal issues and solve their legal problems. SLA can assist with criminal matters where the Crown is not seeking jail time, traffic/bylaw issues, civil claims, notaries, landlord and tenant issues and family law matters including parenting, child support, guardianship, contact and enforcement.
Phone: (403) 220-6637
Women's Centre Legal Advice Clinic
The Women's Centre Legal Advice Clinic Volunteer Lawyer Project works to enhance access to justice, by providing legal services to women in need. Volunteer female lawyers provide free legal advice to women on a one-to-one basis on family and civil law matters.