Laws set out the rules we must follow when we build an addition on our home, adopt a child, get a divorce, or fight a parking ticket. Whatever the issue, the library can help get you started.
Finding a Lawyer or Paralegal
Information on finding a lawyer or paralegal from Ontario's Ministry of the Attorney General. Includes services for people with limited income.
Lawyer Referral Service
The Law Society of Upper Canada's Lawyer Referral Service provides you with the name of a lawyer who will provide a free consultation of up to 30 minutes to help you determine your rights and options.
Basic common legal terms
This glossary from the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General is a basic guide.
This glossary is provided by the Justice Education Society of British Columbia.
Duhaime's Legal Dictionary
Legal terms and concepts written in plain language by Canadian lawyer Lloyd Duhaime.
Get started here. You'll find topics such as finding a lawyer, tickets and fines, lawsuits and disputes, family and criminal law, small claims court, human rights, wills and estates. The information is available in multiple languages.
Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO)
CLEO's publications describe the law simply and clearly to help people understand and exercise their legal rights. Topics covered include family law, criminal law, landlord tenant law, and employment law.
You and the law: community legal information on the web
Links to websites on a wide variety of legal topics. Maintained by the University of Toronto's Bora Laskin Law Library.
Your Legal Rights
Legal information about for people in Ontario, maintained by CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario). Learn about a wide range of legal topics, find answers to common legal questions and problems, and more. Some resources available in other languages.
Legal Research Guides
These research guides created by the Law Society of Upper Canada provide a starting point for legal research. There are guides on conducting primary and secondary legal and law-related research, as well as how to access these materials.
Information from the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General on estate planning, including wills and power of attorney and information about family members who cannot take care of themselves.
Family Law involves all legal issues that can be dealt with in a family court, including divorce and separation, child custody and access, and support payments. This site from the Ministry of the Attorney General also has information on child and spousal abuse and what to do when a family member is physically or mentally unable to look after themselves.
Do you know your rights at work? Ontario's Ministry of Labour provides information on employment standards, health and safety, labour relations and more.
Landlord and Tenant Board
Information about Ontario's Residential Tenancies Act. Provides links to the Act, as well as to interpretation guidelines and selected court decisions that help explain the law and how it has been applied. Answers to common questions and online brochures make it easier to find the answers you need. The online brochure A Guide to the Residential Tenancies Act is provided in 12 languages.
Youth and Law
From the Ontario Ministry of Children & Youth Services. Information about youth and law in Ontario. Provides links to information on the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
Where to find Canadian Case Law
This guide, created by the Law Society of Upper Canada, provides links to case law, as well as case-related services and information available mainly from the websites of Canadian courts and administrative tribunals.
Where to find Canadian Legislation
This guide, created by the Law Society of Upper Canada, provides links to Canadian federal, Ontario and other provincial and territorial legislative material.
Justice Laws Website
Online source of the consolidated Acts and regulations of Canada from Canada's Department of Justice. The consolidations are generally updated on a weekly basis.
Search for federal government Senate and House of Commons bills since 2001 by title, keyword and number or browse through bills currently before Parliament. Includes the bill's text at different stages, current status, text of debates and further reading.
Background and summaries of government bills currently before Parliament. From the Parliamentary Library.
Official newspaper of the Government of Canada since 1841. Published in three parts, the Gazette gives access to all legally binding decisions of the Government of Canada. The Gazette from January 1998 to the present is available on this site. Older Gazettes from 1841 to 1997 can be found in A Nation's Chronicle: the Canada Gazette on the Library and Archives Canada site.
Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII)
Excellent source of case law. CanLII gathers legislative and judicial texts, as well as legal commentaries, from federal, provincial and territorial jurisdictions on a single Web site. Case law is accessible by case name.
E-Laws: Ontario Legislation Online
Access to current Ontario statutes and regulations.
Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII)
Excellent source of case law. CanLII gathers legislative and judicial texts as well as legal commentaries from federal, provincial and territorial jurisdictions on a single website. Find case law by case name.
Official newspaper of the Government of Ontario. Published weekly, the Gazette gives access to notices and regulations of the Ontario government. The Gazette from January 2000 to the present is available on this site.
Your Law: Family Law in Ontario
This website provides information and access to resources on the emotional, financial, legal and social considerations relating to child custody, access and child support in Ontario.
City of Cambridge Bylaws
Links to the most frequently requested bylaws of the City of Cambridge, including animal control, building and zoning, noise, heat for residential dwellings, snow removal and property standards.
Waterloo Regional Bylaws
Links to the Region's most frequently requested bylaws, including traffic and parking, waste collection, smoking, pesticide, noxious weeds, filming events, sewer use, signs, special events, conservation of trees and woodlands.
Legal Aid Ontario provides many programs and services to help low-income people who need legal aid. You must be financially eligible to qualify for these services, and your legal matter must be one that Legal Aid Ontario covers. Call toll-free 1-800-668-8258 to speak to legal aid staff.
Waterloo Region Community Legal Services
101-450 Frederick Street
Kitchener, ON N2H 2P5
Contact the main office to arrange appointments in Cambridge.
Services are free for those with little or no income and few resources. Contact them to see if you qualify. Does not deal with all legal issues. Some areas where they can offer assistance are housing, landlord and tenant issues and income security problems such as workers' compensation, social assistance and disability support programs.
Law Society of Upper Canada's YouTube channel offers videos with legal insights into situations where people may require a lawyer, such as real estate transactions, wills and estate planning, personal injury cases, and family law. The goal of the videos is to show the public how lawyers can help them in legal transactions. See a listing and learn more about the videos here.
Family Matters with Justice Harvey Brownstone is an online TV program about family law in Canada. Justice Brownstone and his guests help us understand our complicated family law system. Topics include child support, elder abuse, prenuptial agreements, child protection. Also available free through iTunes.