Legal Services Society of BC

The Legal Services Society provides legal aid in BC. Legal aid includes representation by a lawyer, legal advice, and legal information. Priority is given to people with low incomes, but many multilingual services and resources are available to all British Columbians. Legal representation by a lawyer is available for serious Family Law, child protection, and Criminal Law issues.

In most courthouses in BC, duty counsel and advice lawyers provide brief advice, assistance in court, or help with form completion, depending on the situation. Legal aid is also available for some immigration/refugee, mental health and prison law matters. Approval for legal representation and some advice services is based on financial eligibility as well as the type of legal problem. Please review the legal aid webpage for current details. Free legal information publications are available in print and online at and LSS also provides legal information resources and education sessions for community workers and the public.

To apply for legal aid by phone, call 604-408-2172 (Lower Mainland) or 1-866-577-2525 (no charge). Interpreters can be provided in upt to 110 languages for callers with limited English. Applications are taken in person at legal aid offices and/or courthouses in many BC communities, including Vancouver, North Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey, New Westminster, Langley, Port Coquitlam, Abbotsford and Chilliwack. A complete list of legal aid offices and intake locations is available at

Publication Languages: Arabic, English, Traditional Chinese, Farsi, French, Russian, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog, Punjabi, Vietnamese


Legal Services Society of BC
510 Burrard St.
Vancouver, BC, V6C 3A8
604.601.6206, 604.601.6000
604.681.2719, 604.681.6942
Arabic, Bulgarian, Burmese, Cantonese, Dari, Farsi, French, German, Gujarati, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Karen, Korean, Malay, Mandarin, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Taiwanese, Tagalog, Tamil, Urdu, Vietnamese
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