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Mission Statement

Vision

We envision an Ottawa where all low income and vulnerable members of the community have access to justice and an improved quality of life.

Mission

Staff and board members of Ottawa's community legal clinics are committed to pursuing systemic change, providing information and education and protecting the legal rights of low-income members of the community to improve the quality of their lives and their communities.

Values

The values we will exemplify in carrying out our mission are:

  • Treating everyone with dignity and respect
  • Empowering our clients to take control of their situation
  • Committing to provide high quality and timely service
  • Encouraging collaboration and creativity

Clinic Reports & News

South Ottawa Community Legal Services —

News:

  • WE'VE AMALGAMATED!

    As of April 1, 2017, three of Ottawa's community legal clinics have become one! The legal clinics of Community Legal Services Ottawa Centre, South Ottawa Community Legal Services, and West End Legal Services are now Community Legal Services of Ottawa! We continue to provide the same access to justice services to the Ottawa community. Our hope is that our new organization will improve accessibility, consistency, and overall quality of service for our clients. We are maintaining three office locations to ensure that our clients can access services in their own communities. Our new website has yet to launch. In the meantime, information on our services can still be found at the websites of the original clinics.

Reports:

South Ottawa Community Legal Services, Impact Report, 2014

Highlights include –

  • Helping low-income households obtain more than $788,000 in disability benefits: $452,000 in lump-sum, retroactive payments and a further $336,000 annually by increased monthly benefits for their families' basic needs;
  • Reducing "overpayments" of basic needs government benefits;
  • Resolving complex immigration and refugee legal issues to assist newcomers in securing their futures;
  • Providing legal assistance to tenants at risk of eviction;
  • Collaborating on community projects to improve Ottawa tenants' rights;
  • Conducting 17 public legal education sessions; and
  • Assisting front-line community workers and hundreds of their clients through "Connecting Ottawa," a project for improving access to legal services for people who have language and communication barriers.

The Full report is available for download.

See also:

 

Community Legal Services Ottawa Centre —

News:

  • WE'VE AMALGAMATED!

    As of April 1, 2017, three of Ottawa's community legal clinics have become one! The legal clinics of Community Legal Services Ottawa Centre, South Ottawa Community Legal Services, and West End Legal Services are now Community Legal Services of Ottawa! We continue to provide the same access to justice services to the Ottawa community. Our hope is that our new organization will improve accessibility, consistency, and overall quality of service for our clients. We are maintaining three office locations to ensure that our clients can access services in their own communities. Our new website has yet to launch. In the meantime, information on our services can still be found at the websites of the original clinics.

Reports:

  • Report of CLSOC Executive Director to the 2012 Annual General Meeting: download.
  • Report of CLSOC Executive Director to the 2011 Annual General Meeting: download.

Becoming a Member

If you support our Mission Statement consider becoming a member:

As a member you can to vote at our Annual General Meeting and be eligible to run for the Board of Directors.

Membership is free (South Ottawa) or available for a nominal fee (Ottawa Centre).