Free Legal Advice Expansion for Survivors of Sexual Assault

Published on May 06, 2021

This government is committed to protecting and supporting victims of crime in every region of our province, including in rural and Northern communities. That’s why in the 2021 Budget, Ontario's Action Plan: Protecting People's Health and Our Economy, we announced new supports and services for victims of crime, including the expansion of crisis intervention, sexual violence support services, and free legal advice.

 

Attorney General Doug Downey announced the province-wide expansion of a pilot program to provide up to four hours of free legal advice to survivors of sexual assault across the province, beginning May 1, 2021. The investments in the 2021 Budget will help ensure victims and survivors can access supports and services when they are needed most, no matter where they live.

 

Beginning May 1, the Ontario government is providing up to four hours of free legal advice to victims of sexual assault. The province-wide expansion of this program, which has been available as a pilot in Ottawa, Thunder Bay and Toronto was announced as part of the 2021 Budget, Ontario's Action Plan: Protecting People's Health and Our Economy.

 

If you are a victim of sexual assault in Ontario and would like to speak to a lawyer, you may be eligible for up to four hours of free legal advice by phone or video conversation. This confidential service is available any time after a sexual assault in Ontario has occurred. For more information call 1-855-226-3904 or visit  https://www.ontario.ca/page/independent-legal-advice-sexual-assault-victims