Where to Find Help

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Charity Central offers an information and referral service to Alberta's registered charities. To ask your question call 1-780-822-7623 weekdays between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm M.S.T. or you can send an email to [email protected]

Volunteer Lawyers Service (VLS) is a joint initiative of the Canadian Bar Association Alberta, the Law Society of Alberta, United Way of Calgary and Area, and the Association of General Counsel of Alberta. VLS assists registered charities and organizations qualified as such under the Income Tax Act who show a demonstrable need for free legal advice.

Pro Bono Services Canada at the University of Alberta matches law students with eligible non-profit organisations to provide pro bono legal services under the supervision of a lawyer. PBSC does not provide legal assistance to individual cases. This project began as a chapter of Pro Bono Students Canada

E4C's Shared Financial Resources - To be eligible for this service agencies you must be an Edmonton based registered charity or not-for-profit organization and/or receive or are eligible for FCSS funding. E4C's Shared Financial Services offers charities and not-for-profit organizations professional financial services at a reduced rate, allowing organizations to put the savings toward their core mission. For more information.


Atlantic Canada

The Atlantic Charities Learning Exchange was designed to help charities in Atlantic Canada better comply with their obligations under the Income Tax Act. The Community Sector Council is the lead organization for this Atlantic-wide initiative partnering with Community Links, NS, Centre de Benevolat de la Peninsule Acadienne Inc., NB, volunteer Centre of Southeastern New Brunswick, and Voluntary Resource Centre, PEI. ACLE established a learning community to exchange resources and support mentoring for small and rural charities in the four Atlantic provinces. Compliance needs of small and rural charities were assessed and reflected in telelearning sessions. An inventory of mentors was developed and promoted.


British Columbia

The Artists Legal Outreach (ALO) at the Alliance for Arts, is a volunteer-run community clinic providing access to legal information and advice for artists and arts organizations. Beginning in November 2010, ALO will extend their services to offer a new summary legal advice clinic on a monthly basis to any non profit society, charity, cooperative, collective or groups of folk who need a place to go to have their questions answered. For more information and to make an appointment to see a lawyer contact the Non Profit Charities Legal Outreach

Pro Bono Law of BC is an independent and charitable non-profit society established to coordinate, promote and facilitate the delivery of pro bono legal services to low-income individuals and non-profit organizations throughout BC. PBLBC matches individual and organizational clients with volunteer lawyers willing to provide free legal representation and advice in such areas as family law, administrative law, criminal law, civil law and non-profit law.

UBC Law Students Legal Advice Program -Legal Advice Clinic
The UBC Law Students provide free legal advice and representation to people who cannot afford a lawyer at pro bono clinics throughout the Lower Mainland. Advice is limited to specific areas of the law. Representation is not guaranteed. LSLAP also publishes a comprehensive legal advice manual on its website. Most clinics are by appointment only.

plei for non-profits - This resource is a shared-vision initiative of BC's non-profit and PLEI community, Artists' Legal Outreach and the People's Law School. Search the website to find resources for your non-profit, charity or co-op. You can use the PLS ask service if you don't find what you are looking for.


Nova Scotia

Dalhousie Legal Aid Service has been in operation since 1970, when it began as a summer project out of the former Halifax Neighbourhood Centre. It was the first legal Service for poor people in Nova Scotia and is the oldest clinical law program in Canada. In fact, it is the only community law clinic in Nova Scotia. Community groups and community based agencies with mandates to fight poverty and injustice may apply for legal advice, assistance, and community development and education services. The Clinic is a unique partnership of community groups, law students, community legal workers and lawyers working together.

Legal Information Services of Nova Scotia - Lawyer Referral Service
Since 1992, the Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia has operated this key legal resource, and has referred thousands of Nova Scotians to a lawyer in private practice. Members of the Lawyer Referral Service offer an initial consultation of up to 30 minutes for a fee of only $20 plus tax. During that time the lawyer reviews your legal problem and discusses your options and the costs involved.



Volunteer Lawyers Service (VLS) is a registered project of Pro Bono Law Ontario that offers free legal support to eligible charitable and nonprofit organizations in Ontario that otherwise could not afford the services of a lawyer. VLS matches community agencies with volunteer lawyers who can help with a range of services such as incorporation, charitable registration, board governance, contracts, or trademark registrations.

Service Ontario - The Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration an International Trade has created a new section on their website dedicated to not-for-profits. Find information and services to start and run a not-for-profit in Ontario. The site is offered in English and French. The site also includes the first Ontario wide Funding Directory that list Ontario government grant opportunities.