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(Poverty Law Advocacy & Law Clinic)

The Law Clinic consists of our long-standing Poverty Law Advocacy program and a Clinic Lawyer.

The Clinic provides public legal education, advocacy, legal advice, and legal representation, to low-income individuals.

Available services include:

  • Income assistance applications and appeals.
  • Disability assistance (provincial, federal, and private) applications and appeals.
  • Residential tenancy issues: Residential Tenancy Act (RTA) and non-RTA issues (such as mobile homes, co-ops, shared accommodations, and room rentals).
  • Employment law issues (Employment Insurance, Employment Standards).
  • Indigenous law issues, including: status applications, health benefits, band applications, housing, and income security.
  • Workers’ compensation.
  • Human rights.
  • Debt and consumer rights.

Please contact our front desk for more information or to schedule an intake appointment.

Funding for the Law Clinic and Poverty Law Advocacy program is provided by the Law Foundation of British Columbia.


Family Law Advocacy

The Family Law Advocacy program assists clients in a range of family law issues, such as court orders, custody, and divorce. The Family Law Advocate assists clients in the preparation of court forms, paperwork, and evidence, and supports clients in hearings and court proceedings. Referrals are provided as needed to other programs at the Friendship Centre, and community service providers, and legal-aid resources.

Please contact our front desk for more information or to schedule an intake appointment.

PLEASE NOTE: During the COVID-19 pandemic, court services are closed except for emergencies. Program appointments are conducted by telephone only.

Funding for this program is provided by the Law Foundation of British Columbia.