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As of April 1, 2017, three of Ottawa’s community legal clinics have become one! The legal clinics of Community Legal Services Ottawa Centre, South Ottawa Community Legal Services, and West End Legal Services are now Community Legal Services of Ottawa!

We continue to provide the same access to justice services to the Ottawa community. Our hope is that our new organization will improve accessibility, consistency, and overall quality of service for our clients. We are maintaining three office locations to ensure that our clients can access services in their own communities.

Our new website has yet to launch. In the meantime, information on our services can still be found at the websites of the original clinics.


West End Legal Services (“WELS”) is a community legal clinic that has been serving low income residents, who live in the west end of Ottawa, since 1981. We are part of a network of 77 provincial legal clinics funded by Legal Aid Ontario.

As a non-profit corporation our operations are overseen by a community based board of directors. We provide free legal advice on a number of legal topics to low income persons who meet our financial and geographic criteria.

If your question is a straightforward one, we may be able to help you over the phone. If it is a more complicated legal matter we will schedule an appointment for you to meet with one of our staff.

In addition to providing free legal advice, we offer free legal services and representation before courts and tribunals to low income persons who meet our eligibility and geographic criteria.

Please note that this website is not monitored on a regular basis and we do not respond to questions posted on this website. We ask that you contact the clinic at (613) 596-1641.

West End Legal Services is a proud member of the Association of Community Legal Clinics of Ontario (“ACLCO”).