Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC) is a national multiple award-winning pro bono organization, with chapters in 21 law schools across the country. Founded in 1996 at the University of Toronto, PBSC is the only national pro bono service organization anywhere in the world. Our mandate is threefold: (1) to provide early, practical learning experience for law students; (2) to provide high-quality legal services for our partners and their clients; and (3) to promote the value of pro bono among the next generation of lawyers.
Pro Bono Students Canada does not assist individuals seeking legal advice. If you require assistance with a specific legal problem, see the Seeking Legal Advice page for services that may be of assistance.
Pro Bono Ontario helps Ontarians who have essential legal needs but can’t afford a lawyer.
Many of their clients are vulnerable individuals who desperately need help with everyday legal problems. These include frail people on fixed incomes who have fallen prey to predatory lending schemes, caregivers facing job loss when tending to sick relatives, children facing barriers to their education, or self-employed contractors struggling to collect
monies owed. These and other struggling groups approach us by the thousands for help. Our services prevent a spiral of costly social problems, and often mean the difference between shelter and homelessness, food on the table and hunger, economic stability and bankruptcy, productive work and unemployment.
Three locations in Ontario
161 Elgin Street, Ottawa
47 Sheppard Avenue East, Toronto
393 University Avenue, Toronto
The Ontario Bar Association's Pro Bono Sub Committee was created in 2016 to encourage lawyers to do pro bono work and to connect them with opportunities to do so. The Sub Committee pays tribute to lawyers that do pro bono work and also recognizes those who facilitate and coordinate pro bono efforts.
They aim to support lawyers in the provision of pro bono services and to connect those in need of services with lawyers that can help. To that end they are formalizing their link with Pro Bono Law Ontario; they recently sponsored the National Pro Bono Conference and their webpage provides links to relevant information and articles, as well as identifying current opportunities for pro bono work.
Pro Bono law is a Latin phrase for professional work undertaken voluntarily and without payment. Unlike traditional volunteerism, it is service that uses the specific skills of professionals to provide services to those who are unable to afford them!
I have provided a short list, but if you know of any organizations or programs that offer Pro Bono law services especially for injured workers please let me know so I can add them here