Legal Help

Pivot’s mandate is to use the law to achieve widespread social change. Our lawyers work with low-income communities to develop strategies to address systemic problems affecting large numbers of people. We focus on bringing forward cases that will make a lasting difference in the lives of people living in poverty. Through our community resource project we offer legal services including community legal advice clinics and legal education, as well as referrals to other legal supports.

Legal aid

The Legal Services Society of BC (LSS) provides legal help to low-income people who meet certain criteria. If you don't qualify for representation by a legal aid lawyer, you may still be able to get some legal help through LSS.

To apply or to find the office nearest you contact:

Tel: (604) 408-2172 (Lower Mainland)

Tel: 1-866-577-2525 (No charge outside the Lower Mainland)


If you do not qualify for legal aid and cannot afford or do not want to hire a lawyer, there are other places you can go to get some legal advice or to find an advocate who can help you navigate the legal system.

Legal advice

Access Pro Bono has over 75 summary legal advice clinics throughout the province. For more information about Access ProBono and the programs that it offers, as well as to find a summary legal advice clinic in your area,  go to: or call: 604-878-7400 (Vancouver) 1-877-762-6664 (outside of Vancouver)

The Law Students' Legal Advice Program (LSLAP) offers free legal advice to people in the Lower Mainland who cannot afford a lawyer. LSLAP clinics are run by law students from the University of British Columbia who are supervised by practicing lawyers. Appointment Booking & Program Enquiries: (604)-822-5791 Website:

Click law is an online legal information and education site that includes information about family law, immigration law, personal injury law, employment law, consumer law and much more. Click law also provides online access to court forms and information about legal resources across BC. Website:

Inform Vancouver is a phone line that provides community information to people in the Lower Mainland. To find an advocate in the Vancouver area contact Inform Vancouver at 604.875.6381 For deaf and hard of hearing callers: 604.875.0885 or by text at 604.836.6381 Collect calls are accepted.

Housing issues

First United Church provides housing and poverty law advocacy. Call (604) 681-8365 or drop in to their offices at 320 East Hastings Street.

TRAC Tenant Resource & Advisory Centre provides free legal information about residential tenancy law in BC. Find out more at or call the tenant hotline: Vancouver Area 604.255.0546 Outside the Lower Mainland 1.800.665.1185

If you have a dispute with your landlord or need more information about your rights and responsibilities as a tenant you can contact the Residential Tenancy Branch by phone (604) 660 1020 or 1 800 665 8779 or at

Make a police complaint

If you want to make a complaint about a police officer in British Columbia contact the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner by visiting or by phone: (250) 356-7458 Toll Free: 1-877-999-8707

If you need information about your rights when dealing with a private security guard or want to make a complaint against a private security guard check out for more information.

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Pivot Legal Clinics

Pivot hosts a legal advice clinic each week at the Atira Women's Resource Society for women-identified people only. As of March 11, 2014 our clinic operating out of the Lifeskills Community Centre available to all members of the public has been placed on hold and for the time being is not operational. We are working with community partners and legal organizations to create an alternative clinic in the DTES which will serve the general public. 

In the meantime we are referring clients to the First United Church for general advocacy assistance. 

We do not see walk-in clients at our office.


Atira Women's Resource Society

101 East Cordova
By appointment only.
Please call (604) 331-1407
This clinic is for women-identified people only.

Jane Doe Legal Network

If you are a woman who has experienced violence and need legal help, our Jane Doe Legal Network may be able to provide you with confidential legal advice. Contact DJ [at] for more information.