Department of Family and Community Medicine and St. Michael’s Academic Family Health Team
Health Justice Initiative
The Health Justice Initiative is a partnership between St. Michael's Hospital Academic Family Health Team, St. Michael's Hospital and legal clinics ARCH Disability Law Centre, Aboriginal Legal Services Toronto, HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic of Ontario and Neighbourhood Legal Services. The partnership is funded through Legal Aid Ontario with in-kind contributions from all partners.
What services do you provide?
- Legal information, referrals, advice and brief services
- Legal education with the health team and patients
- Systemic advocacy project work grounded in community engagement
Who do you provide service to?
We aim to support patients who are low-income and have legal issues affecting their well-being, such as experiences of discrimination, personal safety, and problems with employment, family, and housing. We encourage patients who are in unstable housing, identify as aboriginal, as having a disability or have HIV/AIDS to access our services.
What are the Health Justice Program’s goals?
Our mission statement helps guide us in our goals:
- Improve access to justice
- Address the social determinants of health and health equity in our community
How do I make contact with the Health Justice Initiative?
- Contact us directly
- Ask to be referred to us through your doctor, nurse practitioner, social worker or other health care provider
What should I expect when speaking with the legal assistant, law students, or lawyer?
- Please ask for translation services and/or disability related accommodations
- Phone or in person appointments are around 30 minutes long
- At a minimum, we will give you legal information and a referral to legal services in the community
- Bring or have relevant documents ready for review
- To assess our program, we will ask you confidential questions that will remain anonymous. Answering these questions is voluntary
How can I learn more about Health Justice events or advocacy projects?
From May to September 2017, we are in a project planning phase of these elements of our project. Contact us for more information or check back here in September for updates.
|Monday:||9 a.m. to 5 p.m.|
|Tuesday:||9 a.m. to 5 p.m.|
|Wednesday:||9 a.m. to 5 p.m.|
|Thursday:||We may be reached at Neighbourhood Legal Services|
|Friday:||9 a.m. to noon|
Where else can I go for information about my rights?
The Legal Aid Ontario Client Services Centre may be able to give you direction on legal service available to you: 1-800-668-8258.
The Human Rights Legal Support Centre can give you guidance on a potential human rights application to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario:
Tel: (416) 597-4900
Toll free: 1-866-625-5179
TTY: (416) 597-4903
TTY toll free: 1-866 612-8627
Telephone lines are open:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The Law Society Referral Service is another option for finding a lawyer for a free consult on your legal problem. It is now an online system. You can ask to speak to a specific type of lawyer for a free consult. You will have a free 30 minute initial meeting with a lawyer, either by telephone or in person. In order to access this service, you will need to submit a request online, which you can access at https://lsrs.lsuc.on.ca/lsrs.
You may also contact our partner clinics directly:
ARCH Disability Law Centre
425 Bloor Street East, Suite 110
(416) 482-8255 or 1-866-482-2724
TTY: (416) 482-1254 or 1-866-482-2728
Aboriginal Legal Services Toronto
415 Yonge St., Suite 803
HIV & Aids Legal Clinic of Ontario
64 Wellesley Street East, Suite 400
Neighbourhood Legal Services
333 Queen Street East