ABOUT Aboriginal Legal Services (formerly Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto) was established February 21, 1990. ALS was formed following a needs assessment by the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto in the mid-1980s. The Centre had been operating legal-related programs for Aboriginal people in Toronto but concluded an agency dedicated to this issue was needed.

MISSION To strengthen the capacity of the Aboriginal community and its citizens to deals with justice issues and provide Aboriginal controlled and culturally based justice alternatives

VISION We seek a community which deals with justice issues in an assertive, constructive and respectful way; A community which provides support and guidance to its citizens when they need to interact with the justice system; A community involved in developing and implementing justice initiatives and alternatives which are culturally based and community controlled; A community where our youth have the opportunities and abilities to deal with justice issues affecting them; A community where its citizens have minimum exposure to the existing legal system and are less vulnerable to acts of aggression, of racism and ignorance of who we are; A community which resolves its conflicts internally with minimal need for outside involvement; A community which promotes a positive environment related to justice issues - an environment based on mutual understandings with non-aboriginal groups/services such as schools, police, and other enforcement agencies; A community where its agencies work together to ensure justice and related services and issues are provided in holistic and integrated way; A community where its citizens have the confidence and self-esteem to deal with issues in a constructive way.



500-211 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5B 1M4, Canada

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Open hours today: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Monday

    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Tuesday

    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Wednesday

    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Thursday

    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Friday

    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Saturday


  • Sunday


  • July 30, 2021 5:21 am local time

Programs and Services

SERVICES Housing problems and Tenant Rights, Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Plan, Indian act matters and status card issues,  Canada Pension Plan Disabilities Support Plan, Employment insurance and Employment standards, Police complaints, Criminal Injuries Compensation Human Rights, Referral to lawyers on other matters including criminal and family law

PROGRAMS Aboriginal Court Worker: Explains legal rights to clients and will help them obtain council. Community Council Program: Criminal division of the program that takes the Aboriginal offender out of the criminal justice system and brings them to face council members of the aboriginal community. The council will then reach a consensus on an alternative form of justice for the accused. Gladue Court: The court hears cases from adult aboriginal people going through the court system. There are currently three Gladue courts in Toronto