Victoria & Area Legal and Advocacy Resources

Burnside-Gorge Community Centre
471 Cecelia Rd
250-388-5251
info@burnsidegorge.ca
Provides parent and child drop in programs, a free weekly family dinner, access to a resource room with food and clothing. Support services include school and community based counselling for families who struggle with parenting (including C'Nex, designed to assist families whose children have been or may be taken into care), financial crisis and homelessness, and other barriers to meeting children's needs. Outreach services to vulnerable youth includes a program for youth transitioning from Government care to independence. Our child care programs offer Preschool, out-of-school care, winter, spring and summer day camps. The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program works with families for up to three years to increase their employment and financial skills and build savings.
www.burnsidegorge.ca

Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria
930 Balmoral Rd
250-388-4728
info@icavictoria.org
Support, information, and referral for Immigrants and Refugees in areas such as Employment, Health Care, Human Rights, Housing, Education (adults and school-aged children), Canadian Law, Income Tax, Child Care & Family Concerns, Social Benefits, Citizenship, Community Resources, Dealing with Isolation and Culture Shock. Support groups available for immigrant and refugee women, men, seniors, and youth. Individual and family support for newcomers. Interpretation and translation services available.
www.icavictoria.org/

Lawyer Referral Service
1-888-687-3404
Service for people who are not sure if they have a legal problem and people who need a lawyer but don't know one.
www.bccba.org

Legal Services Society
200-747 Fort St
250-388-4516
Legal services and information clinics for people who cannot afford a lawyer.

Metis Community Services
345 Wale Rd
250-391-9924
reception@metis.ca
Counseling, advocacy and other support for Metis people of Vancouver Island with a focus on children & families.
www.metis.ca

Phoenix Human Services Association
250-383-4821
admin@phoenixhumanservices.org
Provides child/youth and adult day programs, a family development program, an adoptions and guardianship program which supports children who are permanently in the care of MCFD, and community living programs which include but are not limited to community access, social and communication skill development, behaviour management, life skills, advocacy, transition planning support, and parenting support.
http://phoenixhumanservices.org

Together Against Poverty Society (TAPS)
302-895 Fort St
250-361-3521
tapsbc@shaw.ca
Legal advocacy for income assistance, tenancy and disability issues. Community/public legal education on poverty issues.
www.tapsbc.baremetal.com

Tenants Resource and Advisory Centre (TRAC)
1-800-665-1185
Information hotline for residential tenancy legal issues available in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.
www.tenants.bc.ca

The Law Centre
225 -850 Burdett Ave
250-385-1221
reception@thelawcentre.ca
Legal advice/assistance/representation for people who qualify for legal assistance and who live in the Capital Regional District, by appointment only.
http://www.thelawcentre.ca/

The Family Law Line
1-866-577-2525 
General legal information and advice for people who cannot afford a lawyer but do not qualify for legal aid.
www.familylaw.lss.bc.ca/help/who_telephoneAdviceLine.php

Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society
3rd flr, 637 Bay St
250-361-9433
info@vircs.bc.ca
Offers assistance with clothing needs, employment services, housing referrals, counseling, and childcare referrals, a free legal clinic, settlement workers who help with immigration and citizenship and translation/interpretation, youth programs and free computer classes.
http://www.vircs.bc.ca

Victoria Native Friendship Centre
231 Regina Avenue
250-384-3211
info@vnfc.ca
Aims to provide First Nations people with services and information designed to enhance traditional values and cultures. Includes a food box program, housing referrals, counseling, access to medical advice, and other referrals. The Family Services Team also offers support and advocacy to those families involved, or about to be involved, with the Ministry of Children and Families.
http://www.vnfc.ca/