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Explaining the Law

PDF, TROCAO: List of Legal Resources for Individuals and Community-Based Organizations of the Outaouais Region

The following is a short list of legal resources for individuals and community-based organizations of the Outaouais Region.

For a more detailed list of all legal resources in the region, with specific information on how to access specific services, please consult the Table régionale des organismes communautaires autonomes de l’Outaouais’ Detailed List of Legal Resources.

A special thank you to  TROCAO for gathering this information and providing a translation for our English-speaking community.

Short List of Legal Resources

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 Zone, Adult Zone and Teacher Zone .

The Centre de Justice provides free and confidential legal information, support and referral services. You can call them at 819-600-4600 or at their toll-free number at 1-844-606-4600. Their Outaouais Community Justice Center is located at 5, Laval Street, Suite 201 in Gatineau (Hull sector).

The Curateur public du Québec strives to protect 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.

The 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.  Simply call their toll-free number at 1-866-954-3528 and a receptionist can give you the name and contact information of a lawyer in your region by field of law.

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.

The Chambre des notaires du Québec offers a free info-line at 1-800-668-2473 (1-800-NOTAIRE), from 8:30 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday, to facilitate access to basic legal information. You can also access their Website to find information on wills, protection mandates, powers of attorney and other issues.

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.

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.

The 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.

The 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+ is a 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 this Legal Guide for LGBT Families and Future Families.

Legal Aid Offices:

Legal Aid Office – Administration
510, boul. Maloney Est 201 Gatineau Québec J8P 1E7
819 669-2382

Legal Aid Office – Gatineau, secteur Aylmer
204, chemin Aylmer B-403 Gatineau, secteur Aylmer J9H 1A1
819 684-0333

Legal Aid Office – Campbell’s Bay
142, rue Front Campbell’s Bay Québec J0X 1K0
819 648-2259

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

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

Legal Aid Office – Gatineau, secteur Buckingham
135, rue Joseph Gatineau, secteur Buckingham Québec J8L 1G1
819 986-6733

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

Legal Aid Office – Maniwaki
116, rue King “C” Maniwaki Québec J9E 2L3
819 449-4800