Explaining the Law

Below is a list of legal information resources, including community organizations based in the Outaouais who offer free to low-cost services and support, as well as online resources, such as Éducaloi, who offer law-in-plain-language information. If you required additional information, or have a resource you think would be helpful, please connect with us 819-557-0615 or

Legal Resources

The Table régionale des organismes communautaires autonomes de l’Outaouais (TROCAO) has put together a Detailed List of Legal Resources for Individuals and Community-Based Organizations of the Outaouais Region.  A special thank you to TROCAO for gathering this information and providing a translation for our English-speaking community.

Éducaloi
Explains Quebec and Canadian law through articles and videos on legal topics such as health, housing, and consumer rights. The Website is divided into a Youth ZoneAdult Zone and Teacher Zone.

Centre de Justice de proximité de l’Outaouais
Provides free and confidential legal information, support and referral services.  
5, Laval Street, Suite 201 in Gatineau (Hull sector).
819-600-4600 or 1-844-606-4600

Curateur public du Québec Protects incapacitated individuals and the property of minor children. To this end, they sensitize the public concerning the protection needs resulting from incapacity; assist families and relatives who represent an incapacitated person and administer their patrimony or that of a minor, and those who are members of a tutorship council; oversee tutors and curators in their administration duties, ensuring that decisions are made in the interests of the represented person, and that their rights and autonomy are safeguarded; and can serve as a curator or tutor.
Association des avocats et et avocats de Province (AAP)
Offers low-cost one-hour consultations with a lawyer that is voluntarily enrolled within the service.  
Call 1-866-954-3528 
Juris Référence
Offers an online tool to help you find a lawyer that is voluntarily enrolled within the service. The referral service is provided by lawyers from the Barreau du Québec with experience in a wide variety of fields
Chambre des notaires du Québec 
Offer basic legal information through their info line.  You can also find information on wills, protection mandates, power of attorney and more on their website
Call 1-800-668-2473 (1-800-NOTAIRE), from 8:30 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday
Pro Bono Québec  
Offers free legal services for refuges, public interest cases and family matters cases. You must apply and meet criteria to be eligible.
Clinique Droit Notarial de l’Outaouais 
Provides Outaouais residents free legal information.  This notarial law information is provided by students at Ottawa University studying civil law who are supervised by qualified notaries in the region.
Fédération des associations de familles monoparentales et recomposées du Québec (French only website)
Defends the rights and interests of single‑parent and blended families in Québec. 

Coalition des Familles LGBTQ+

Community rights organization that advocates for the social and legal recognition of families that come under the umbrella of sexual and gender diversity.  They offer a wide range of workshops and training, as well as resources, including Legal Information for LGBT Families and Future Families

The Commission des services juridiques is the agency responsible for applying Québec’s Act respecting legal aid and the provision of certain other legal services and for ensuring that legal aid is provided to any eligible person who applies for it. The Commission also manages two programs that help parents ask for changes in child support and child custody without going to court: SARPA and HAS.

Legal Aid Offices:

Administration
510, boul. Maloney Est 201 Gatineau Québec J8P 1E7
819 669-2382 | 

Gatineau, secteur Aylmer
204, chemin Aylmer B-403 Gatineau, secteur Aylmer J9H 1A1
819 684-0333 | 

Campbell’s Bay
142, rue Front Campbell’s Bay Québec J0X 1K0
819 648-2259 | 

Gatineau (section – criminal)
136, rue Wright Gatineau Québec J8X 2G9
819 772-3084 | 

Gatineau (section – civil family)
365, boul. Greber 202 Gatineau Québec J8T 5R3
819 568-0990 | 

Gatineau, secteur Buckingham
135, rue Joseph Gatineau, secteur Buckingham Québec J8L 1G1
819 986-6733 | 

Gatineau, secteur Hull (section civil, family and youth)
768, boul. Saint-Joseph 210 Gatineau, secteur Hull Québec J8Y 4B8
819 772-3011 | 

Maniwaki
116, rue King “C” Maniwaki Québec J9E 2L3
819 449-4800 | 

Additional Legal Resources

We’ve put together a number of videos under the theme: Understanding the Law: Your Rights & Responsibilities.

The first video in the series is hosted by Madison, a Psychology Student at the University of Ottawa (and Connexions Volunteer Student) who chats with us about the different types of scams, and what to do if you suspect a scam.