Contact List for Advocates

Scope of Service

Advocates provide free legal information, advocacy, and representation to low-income people in the community.

Poverty Law Matters Covered:

  • Income Security, income assistance
  • Tenancy Issues: Residential Tenancy Agreement (RTA) and non-RTA issues including mobile homes, Co-ops, shared accommodation, and room rentals
  • Persons with Disability (PWD) and CPP-Disability (CPP-D)
  • Employment Law: EI, ESB
  • Old Age Security 
  • Debt and Consumer Law 
  • Workers’ Rights  
  • Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT) assistance on co-op, non-RTA housing, and small claims.

Does not cover strata, ICBC/motor vehicle, and personal injury matters.

  • Aboriginal Law issues including Indian status applications, health benefits, band membership applications, housing, and income security
  • Other areas of law will be considered when those issues are connected with poverty law matters and when not covered by legal aid.
  •  Family Law Information and referral only

OrganizationAddressTelephoneFirst NameLast NameEmail
Active Support Against Poverty (ASAP)1188 6th Ave. Prince George BC V2L 3M6 V2L250-563-6112JasonLottjp@asaphs.com
JodyMorrisonjody@asaphs.com
Archway Community Services2420 Montrose Ave. Abbotsford BC V2S 3S9

604-859-7681IlenaCandianiIlena.Candiani@archway.ca
8937 School St. Chilliwack, BC V2P 4L5604-702-2907KimDonaldsonkim.donaldson@archway.ca
Burnaby Community Services Society2055 Rosser Ave. Burnaby BC V5C 0H1604-292-3904JesseVis-DunbarJesse@bbyservices.ca
Chimo Community Services Society120 – 7000 Minoru Blvd. Richmond BC V6Y 3Z5604-279-7077KaramjitJagdeokjagdeo@chimoservices.com
LukeLinllin@chimoservices.com
Community Connections Society of Southeast BC209A – 16th Ave. N Cranbrook BC V1C 5S8250-426-4293NoelleGoodfellowekadvocate@ccssebc.com
Contact Women’s Group SocietyBOX 4094 Williams Lake BC V2G 2V2250-392-4118MatthewGranlundadvocacy@womenscontact.org
DianaLowed.lowe@womenscontact.org
Cowichan Women Against Violence Society246 Evans St., Duncan, V9L 1P8250-748-7000
ext. 119
LiaVersaevelLversaevel@cwav.org
Dze L K’ant Friendship Center1188 Main St. PO Box 2920 Smithers BC V0J 2N0250-847-5211MarkBridgemanlegal.advocacy@dzelkant.com
Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver402 E Columbia St. New Westminster BC V3L 3X1604-520-1166JasmineJohaljasmine.johal@elizabethfry.com
First United Church Community Ministry Society320 E Hastings St. Vancouver BC V6A 1P4604-251-3323
DidiDufresneddufresne@firstunited.ca
SoniaMarinosmarino@firstunited.ca
Fort Nelson Aboriginal Friendship Society5012 49th Ave. PO Box 1266 Fort Nelson BC V0C 1R0250-774-2993ChristinePearcelegaladvocate.fnafs@northwestel.net
Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society10051 100th Ave. Fort St. John BC V1J 1Y7250-787-1121MelodyBlaneypovertylaw@fsjwrs.ca
Haida Gwaii Legal Project SocietyBox 160 227 HWY 16 Queen Charlotte BC V0T 1S0250-559-9042BevCollinsonhglegal@haidagwaii.net
HaileyChapmanhglegal@haidagwaii.net
TraciMurphyacceptanceandpeace1@gmail.com
Kamloops and District Elizabeth Fry Society827 Seymour St. Kamloops BC V2C 2H6250-376-7878ErikNelsonadvocate@kamloopsefry.com
Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society442 Leon Ave. Kelowna BC V1Y 6J3250-763-4905
ext. 235
YolondaBeaudryadvocate@kfs.bc.ca
Kitimat Community Development Centre1515 Kingfisher Ave Kitimat BC V8C 1S5 V8C 1S5250-639-6003MichelleMcGregormmcgregor@kitimatcdc.ca
Langley Community Services Society5339 207th St. Langley BC V3A 2E6604-533-7989
ext. 1206
NatashaCornwallacencornwallace@lcss.ca
Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Community Services22718 Lougheed HWY Maple Ridge BC V2X 2V6604-467-6911
ext. 1210
CharlotteKingsburyckingsbury@comservice.bc.ca
JuliaBradleyjbradley@comservice.bc.ca
Nelson Cares Society521 Vernon St. Nelson BC V1L 4E9250-352-5777AmyTayloradvocacycentre@nelsoncares.ca
BeckieQuirkbquirk@nelsoncares.ca
Nicola Valley Community Justice Services Society2 – 2025 Granite Ave., Box 819 Merritt BC V1K 1B8 250-378-9632AndreeHarleyandreeh@uniserve.com
North Shore Community Resources Society201 – 935 Marine Drive
N Vancouver, BC V7P 1S3
604-985-7138SharelAkizukisharel.akizuki@nscr.bc.ca
TannisBoxertannis.boxer@nscr.bc.ca
Okanagan Advocacy and Resource Society102 – 3301 24th Ave. Vernon BC V1T 9S8250-542-3555PatriciaLakestishlakes@okadvocate.ca
Opportunities Career Services Society101 – 300 St. Ann’s Rd. Campbell River BC V9W 4C6250-286-3436HeatherBrownhillheather@cradvocacy.ca
Penticton and Area Access Society209-304 Martin St. Penticton BC V2A 5K4250-493-6822GloryMacIntyreadvocate@accesscentre.org
KeleahStrackpovertylaw@accesscentre.org
Port Alberni Friendship Center3555 4th Ave. Port Alberni BC V9Y 4H3250-723-8281SteveMuisesmuise@pafriendshipcenter.com
Powell River Community Services Association209 – 6975 Alberni St. Powell River BC V8A 2B8604-485-0950JoycePerceypovertylaw@telus.net
Prince Rupert Unemployed Centre Society869 Fraser St. Prince Rupert BC V8J 1R1250-627-8776PaulLagaceadvocate.pruac@citywest.ca
Quesnel Tillicum Society319 N Fraser Drive Quesnel BC V2J 1Y9250-992-8347KateMullinkatie.mullin@qnfc.bc.ca
Sacred Wolf Friendship Centre SocietySte 145A – 8950 Granville St.
PO Box 2041 Port Hardy BC V0N 2P0
250-902-0552ThomasKervinpovswfc@telus.net
Sea to Sky Community Services SocietyBox 949 38024 Fourth Ave Squamish BC V8B 0A7604-892-5796PeterYatespeter.yates@sscs.ca
SHARE Family and Community Services104 – 3020 Lincoln Ave. Coquitlam BC V3B 6B4604-937-6982HeatherStaceyHeather.stacey@sharesociety.ca
Shuswap Family Resource and Referral Society681 Marine Park Drive NE, Salmon Arm BC V1E 2W7250-832-2170ConnorMounceconnor_mounce@familyresource.bc.ca
GudrunMalmqvistgudrun_malmqvist@familyresource.bc.ca
Social Health & Economic Development Society of Bella Coola (SHED)P.O. Box 309 Bella Coola BC V0T 1C0250-799-0044AnneFletcherafletcher13@gmail.com
Society of Equity, Inclusion and Advocacy (SEIA) 114 – 285 Prideaux St, Nanaimo, BC V9R 2N2250-753-2321CharlotteBaratcharlotte@seia.ca
DonMcConnelldon@seia.ca
HarrietMansonncaa5@shaw.ca
JudyStorness-Kressncaa7@shaw.ca
Sources Community Resources Society15318 20th Ave Surrey BC V4N 3L2778-565-3638BenThindbthind@sourcesbc.ca
South Peace Community Resources SocietyPO Box 713 10110-13th St. Dawson Creek BC V1G 4H7250-782-9174
ext. 242
TaylorCarchediLegalAdvocate@spcrs.ca
Sunshine Coast Resource Centre Society2 – 5520 Trail Ave. Sechelt BC V0N 3A0604-989-4945KenCarsonadvocate@resourcecentre.ca
Terrace and District Community Services Society3219 Eby St. Terrace BC V8G 4R3250-635-3178ShirleyGrayshirleygray@tdcss.ca
Together Against Poverty Society (TAPS)828 View St. Victoria BC V8W 1K2250-361-3521EmilyRogerserogers@tapsbc.ca
HannahMang -Wooleyhannah@tapsbc.ca
MadysonPowellmpowell@tapsbc.ca
MeganBillingsmbillings@tapsbc.ca
TheaMcDonaghtadvocate@tapsbc.ca
Trail FAIR Society2079 Columbia Ave Trail BC V1R 1k7250 364 2326
ext. 235
NaomiBainNBain@trailfair.ca
Upper Skeena Counselling and Legal Assistance Society4305 Field St. Hazelton, BC V0J 1Y0250-842-5218LauriePaulinadvocate@usclas.com
Wachiay Friendship Centre1625 McPhee Ave Courtenay BC V9N 3A9778-225-0306ShaneColcloughshane.c@wachiay.org

Scope of Service

Advocates provide free legal information, advocacy, and assistance to low-income people in the community.

Family Law Matters Covered:

  • Guardianship and Parenting Time
  • Parental Responsibilities
  • Assistance with Separation Agreements not drafting agreements but discussing clients’ rights and obligations and the importance of getting independent legal advice
  • Child Support
  • Spousal Support
  • Divorce
  • Protection Orders
  • Mobility/Relocation
  • Child Protection
  • Family Maintenance Enforcement Program (FMEP)
  • Property, Debts up to 20k, emergency asset restraint
  • Other areas of law will be considered when those issues are connected with family law matters and when not covered by legal aid.
  • Matrimonial Property On Reserve Information and referral only

OrganizationAddressTelephoneFirst NameLast NameEmail
Archway Community Services2420 Montrose Ave. Abbotsford BC V2S 3S9604-743-0694FrancesDe BeirFrances.Debeir@archway.ca
Chilliwack Community Services45938 Wellington Ave. Chilliwack BC V2P 2C7604-793-7208RobertLeComtelecomter@comserv.bc.ca
Chimo Community Services Society120 – 7000 Minoru Blvd. Richmond BC V6Y 3Z5604-279-7077PamSidhupsidhu@chimoservices.com
Community Connections Society of Southeast BC209A – 16th Ave. N Cranbrook BC V1C 5S8250-464-0474DeniseStewartfladvocatecranbrook@ccssebc.com
250-426-2976GaryEiselefladvocatecreston@ccssebc.com
Contact Women’s Group SocietyPO Box 4094 – 51 A 4th Ave S. Williams Lake BC V2G 2V2250-392-4118EvelynForstere.forster@womenscontact.org
Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society10051 100th Ave. Fort St. John BC V1J 1Y7250-787-1121TelithaNielsenfamilylaw@fsjwrs.ca
Kamloops and District Elizabeth Fry Society827 Seymour St. Kamloops BC V2C 2H6250-374-2119TatianaSarkatatiana@kamloopsefry.com
Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society442 Leon Ave. Kelowna BC V1Y 6J3250-763-4905
ext. 202
DebraApperleyfamilylaw@kfs.bc.ca
M.O.S.A.I.C.5575 Boundary Rd. Vancouver BC V5R 2P9604-254-9626NeginSaberinsaberi@mosaicbc.org
Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Community Services22718 Lougheed HWY Maple Ridge BC V2X 2V6604-467-6911
Ext. 1902
SimonaPanevskaSPanevska@comservice.bc.ca
Nelson Cares Society521 Vernon St. Nelson BC V1L 4E9250-352-5777ZoéLangloiszoe@nelsoncares.ca
North Shore Community Resources SocietyCapilano Mall Suite 201 – 935 Marine Drive N Vancouver BC V7P 1S3604-985-7138SusanHartsusan.hart@nscr.ca
Opportunities Career Services Society101 – 300 St Ann’s Rd. Campbell River BC V9W 4C6250-286-3436SarahCallandersarah@cradvocacy.ca
Penticton and Area Access Society209 – 304 Martin St. Penticton BC V2A 5K4250-493-6822DaveDesautelslegaladvocate@accesscentre.org
Port Alberni Friendship Center3555 4th Ave. Port Alberni BC V9Y 4H3250-723-8281
ext. 223
TrudyWaletwale@pafriendshipcenter.com
Prince George Native Friendship Centre1600 3rd Ave. Prince George BC V2L 3G6250-564-3568PirieMacDonaldlawadvocate@pgnfc.com
Quesnel Tillicum Society319 N Fraser Drive Quesnel BC V2J 1Y9250-992-8347TerriCampbellterri.campbell@qnfc.bc.ca
SHARE Family and Community Services104 – 3020 Lincoln Ave. Coquitlam BC V3B 6B4604-540-9161
ext. 207
HilaryNytehilary.nyte@sharesociety.ca
Sources Community Resources Society106, 13771 72A Ave. Surrey BC V3W 9C6778-565-3638AlishaDewjiadewji@sourcesbc.ca
GurjitPawargpawar@sourcesbc.ca
15318 20th Ave Surrey BC V4N 3L2Ext. 1902RupiSahotarsahota@sourcesbc.ca
Terrace and District Community Services Society200 – 3219 Eby St. Terrace BC V8G 4R3250-635-3178EvanGrannaryevangrannary@tdcss.ca
University of Victoria – Law Centre225 – 850 Burdett Ave. Victoria BC V8W 0C7250-385-1221BrittanyGoudbrittany.goud@thelawcentre.ca
Wachiay Friendship Centre Society1625 McPhee Ave. Courtenay BC V9N 3A6778-225-0310KarlaRymer-Keilkarla@wachiay.com
LeslieTaylorLeslie.t@wachiay.org

OrganizationAddressTelephoneFirst NameLast NameEmail
Archway – Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society (PICS)
Specialty: Farm Workers
205 – 12725 80th Ave., Surrey BC V3W 3A6604-596-7722
ext. 134
RickyBhadeshricky.bhadesh@archway.ca
2420 Montrose AveAbbotsford, BC V2S 3S9778-808-8883ClaudiaStoehrclaudia.stoehr@archway.ca
604-859-7681
Ext. 315
SarbjitGillsarbjit.gill@archway.ca
604-859-7681
Ext. 307
GurcharanDhillonGurcharan.Dhillon@Archway.ca
Atira Women’s Resource Society
Specialty: Legal advocacy for women in the Downtown Eastside
201 – 190 Alexander St. Vancouver BC V6A 1B5604-331-1407AmberPrinceamber_prince@atira.bc.ca
Battered Women’s Support Services
Specialty: Family law advocacy for battered women
PO Box 21503 1424 Commercial Dr. Vancouver, BC Canada V5L 5G2604-687-1868
ext. 311
MayraAlbuquerque Munozmayra@bwss.org
Disability Alliance BC Society (DABC)
Specialty: Disability Law
204 – 456 W Broadway Vancouver BC V5Y 1R3604-872-1278AnnetteMurrayadvocate@disabilityalliancebc.org
AshleySilcockashley@disabilityalliancebc.org
CeliaArrudacelia@disabilityalliancebc.org
LillianWonglillian@disabilityalliancebc.org
ShararehSaremiSharareh@disabilityalliancebc.org
FayShirkoohifay@disabilityalliancebc.org
Immigrant Services Society of BC
Specialty: Immigration and Refugee Law
2610 Victoria Drive Vancouver BC V5N 4L2778-222-7568TienTrantien.tran@issbc.org
Indigenous Community Legal Clinic
Specialty: Advocacy for Indigenous People
101 – 148 Alexander St.
Vancouver, BC V6A 1B5
604-822-1331GloriaCardinalcardinal@allard.ubc.ca
Kettle Friendship Society
Specialty: Mental Health – Poverty Law, Mental Health – Child Protection
1725 Venables St. Vancouver, BC V5L 2H3604-253-0669CarolGuerracguerra@thekettle.ca
ScottWatersswaters@thekettle.ca
604-253-7922PollyRobinsonprobinson@thekettle.ca
M.O.S.A.I.C.
Specialty: Immigration and Poverty Law
5575 Boundary Rd. Vancouver BC V5R 2P9604-254-9626BenjaminLow-Beerbenjaminl@mosaicbc.org
MiriamJurigovamjurigova@mosaicbc.com
Migrant Workers Centre BC Society
Specialty: Live-in Caregivers and Migrant Workers
620 Leon Ave. Kelowna BC V1Y 9T2778-392-7905JorgeSillerjorge@mwcbc.ca
302-119 W Pender St. Vancouver BC V6B 1S5604-669-4482LizaGueveraliza@wcdwa.ca
MPA – Motivation, Power & Achievement Society
Specialty: Criminal Law
122 Powell St. Vancouver BC V6A 1G1604-738-2811AlynnBarclay
MonicaSinghmsingh@mpa-society.org
EdWaiteewaite@mpa-society.org
MarinaVaysmanMvaysman@mpa-society.org
Multiple Sclerosis Society, BC & Yukon Division
Specialty: Services for clients with MS
1103 – 4720 Kingsway Burnaby BC V5H 4N2604-602-3236SohrabRezaeiSohrab.Rezaei@mssociety.ca
Seniors First BC Society
Specialty: Elder Law
150 -900 Howe St. Vancouver BC V6Z 2M4604-688-1927
LasseHvitvedlhvitved@seniorsfirstbc.ca
Society for Children and Youth of BC
Specialty: Children and Youth
303 – 1720 Grant St. Vancouver BC V5L 2Y7778-657-5544AlyssaCollinsAlyssa@scyofbc.org
Tenant Resource and Advisory Centre Society (TRAC)
Specialty: Housing
208 – 698 Seymour St. Vancouver BC V6B 3K6604-255-3099EmmaLazoemma@tenants.bc.ca
MichelleBedamichelle@tenants.bc.ca
LornaArmstronglorna@tenants.bc.ca
RobertPattersonrobert@tenants.bc.ca
Watari
Specialty: Criminal Law
200 – 678 E Hastings St. Vancouver BC V6A 1R1604-254-6995AndrewDruryandrew.drury@gov.bc.ca

 Scope of Service

Lawyers and advocate(s) provide free poverty law services through an integrated network of legal clinics.

Poverty Law Matters Covered:

  • Income Assistance
  • Tenancy Issues: Residential Tenancy Agreement (RTA) and non-RTA issues including mobile homes, Co-ops, shared accommodation, and room rentals
  • Persons with Disability (PWD) and CPP-Disability (CPP-D)
  • Employment Law: EI, ESB
  • Aboriginal Law issues including Indian status applications, health benefits, band membership applications, housing, and income security
  • Other areas of law will be considered when those issues are connected with poverty law matters and when not covered by legal aid.

Clinic Name & Organization
University of British Columbia, Peter A. Allard School of Law, Indigenous Community Legal Clinic
Specialty: Advocacy for Indigenous People
Student Clinic
Child and Youth Legal Centre
The Society for Children and Youth of BC
Specialty: Children and Youth
Elder Law Clinic
Seniors First BC Society
Specialty: Elder Law
Environmental Law Centre Clinic
Environmental Law Centre Society (University of Victoria)
Specialty: Environmental Law
Law Students’ Legal Advice Program
Greater Vancouver Law Students Legal Advice Program
Student Clinic
Poverty Law Clinic
Prince George
Poverty Law Clinic
Kamloops and District Elizabeth Fry Society
Poverty Law Clinic
Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society
Poverty Law Clinic
Together Against Poverty Society
Rise Women’s Legal Centre
Specialty: Women’s Support Services
Sources Legal Resource Centre
Thompson River University Community Legal Clinic
Student Clinic

Scope of Service

Lawyers and advocate(s) provide low-income people with free immigration and refugee law services.

Immigration Law Matters Covered:

  • Humanitarian & Compassion (H&C) Grounds Permanent Resident Status Applications and judicial reviews of failed H&C applications
  • Refusals of Sponsorship Applications
  • Loss of Canadian Permanent Residence Status Other than for the sole basis of non-residence in Canada
  • Loss of Canadian Citizenship Other than for the sole basis of non-residence in Canada
  • Loss of Canadian Temporary Resident Status Other than for the sole basis of failure to depart Canada at the end of their stay
  • Removal From Canada for the above reasons 
  • Meritorious Appeals to the Refugee Appeal Division (RAD) and meritorious judicial reviews of RAD decisions.
  • Other complex, serious and systemic issues affecting immigrants and refugees not described above. 

Clinic Name & Organization
Immigration and Refugee Legal Clinic

Disability Law Clinic 

Scope of Service 

Lawyers and advocate(s) provide low-income people with law-related services such as one-on-one legal support, advice, and representation regarding disability related law through an integrated network of legal clinics.

Disability Law Matters Covered:

  • Tax Matters before the Tax Court of Canada and appeals for the Canada Pension Plan Disability benefits before the Social Security Tribunal of Canada
  • Test Case strategies including but not limited to the identification, support and running of test cases for disability rights.
  • Systemic, Substantive, and Procedural issues that affect people with disabilities with the relevant ministry or decision-maker
  • Other complex, serious and systemic issues affecting the disability community (e.g. administrative penalties as a mechanism for enforcing compliance with regulatory legislation.)

The lawyer will also act as a resource for people with disabilities throughout the province on disability benefits and other disability-related programs and services and support DABC staff including the provision of legal opinions on complex cases.

Clinic Name & Organization
Disability Law Clinic

Scope of Service

Lawyers and advocate(s) provide low-income people with free legal services through an integrated network of legal clinics.

Housing Law Matters Covered:

  • Judicial Review Applications of Residential Tenancy Branch (RTB) decisions at BC Supreme Court
  • Enforcement of Residential RTB Monetary Orders at Small Claims Court
  • Test Case strategies including but not limited to the identification, support and running of test cases for tenancy and housing issues.
  • Rental Disputes that fall outside the jurisdiction of the RTB (e.g. co-operative housing)
  • Systemic, Substantive, and Procedural issues that affect people with disabilities with the relevant ministry or decision-maker
  • Other complex, serious and systemic issues affecting tenancy and housing issues e.g. administrative penalties as a mechanism for enforcing compliance with regulatory legislation.

The lawyer will also act as a resource for people with tenancy and housing issues throughout the province and support TRAC staff including the provision of legal opinions on complex cases.

Clinic Name & Organization
Tenant Resource and Advisory Centre