If you are an Aboriginal person, it is important to identify yourself as a First Nations, Métis or Inuit person so duty counsel or your lawyer can follow the areas of law that deal with Aboriginal circumstances or rights.
LawFacts provides free legal information about criminal, family, and refugee law, and court-related mental health issues. Resources for Aboriginal Canadians and help with finding a lawyer are also available.
Written by Legal Aid Ontario lawyers and staff from across Ontario, the goal of LawFacts is to answer questions about common legal issues and improve access to justice for all Ontarians.
Although this website provides general legal information, LawFacts is not legal advice. You should always try to speak with a lawyer or legal service provider if you have specific legal issues.
If you are an Aboriginal person, it is important to identify yourself as a First Nations, Métis or Inuit person so duty counsel or your lawyer can follow the areas of law that deal with Aboriginal circumstances or rights. Find out more.
Effective December 15, 2012, the process for making a claim for refugee protection in Canada has changed as a result of amendments to Canada’s refugee law system. These changes are the result of Bill C-31, the federal government’s new refugee and immigration legislation. Legal Aid Ontario offers assistance with refugee and immigration matters. Find out more.
The following categories outline what you will need to make a refugee claim, important deadlines you will need to keep in mind, and helpful resources to get you started:
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