Resources By Province/Territory
To be listed as a Two Spirit, trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming positive/knowledgeable legal provider, organization, or resource, please email JusticeTrans with your organization name, a brief blurb about the services you offer, and your contact information.
Allevato Quail & Roy (AQR)
AQR law is a trans-positive law firm in Vancouver that practices in the areas of labour, employment, and human rights law, among other areas.
Phone: (604) 424-8631
B.C. Lawyer Referral Service
Referrals for a private lawyer (initial $25 + taxes fee for a 30-minute consultation).
Phone: (604) 687-3221 or 1-800-663-1919 (no charge)
Legal Services Society B.C.
Provides free legal services and representation to individuals who are financially eligible for legal aid.
Phone: (603) 408-2172 or 1-866-577-2525.
BC Human Rights Tribunal
The Tribunal administers the BC Human Rights Code. If you believe you have been discriminated against, you may contact them to file a complaint.
Phone: 604 775-2000
Toll Free: 1 888 440-8844
TTY: 604 775-2021
Supports including legal support to sex workers in Vancouver
Monthly legal support from a volunteer lawyer for sex workers in Victoria
Various services for the 2SLGBTQ+ community in Vancouver, including information, legal referrals, trans ID change clinics, counselling, and social groups.
Saige Community Food Bank
Food bank for Two Spirit, trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people in Vancouver.
Aid in finding trans health services across the province.
Catherine White Holman Wellness Centre
Health and wellness services for Two Spirit, trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming communities in Vancouver. Also offers free summary legal advice and notarizing documents for name or gender marker changes.
Social support group for 2SLGBTQ+ youth aged 11-18 in the Okanagan Valley.
Peer support groups for Two Spirit, trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming communities in the Kootenays.
Vancouver Island Queer Resource Collective
Resource lists for 2SLGBTQ+ communities on the Islands.
Information and support for 2SLGBTQ+ refugees in Vancouver.
Chilliwack Gender Support Network
Peer-led gender support group for Two Spirit, trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming folks of all ages that organizes bi-weekly social meet ups.
University of Victoria Chair in Transgender Studies
The Chair in Transgender Studies is a research and community outreach office dedicated to community-building and scholarship by and about Two Spirit, trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people. Our programs include Moving Trans History Forward conferences, Transgender Archives, scholarships and fellowships, colloquia and lectures, and arts and cultural events.
Aarbo Fuldauer LLP Lawyers
This group of lawyers offer a general law practice, including special areas of expertise in employment law, human rights issues, family law (especially the needs of the gay and lesbian community and their relationships), personal injury, criminal law, and real estate.
Calgary Legal Guidance
Calgary Legal Guidance exists to provide legal assistance and information to economically or socially disadvantaged persons who would not otherwise have access to such services.
Phone: (403) 234-9266
The Women’s Centre Calgary
The Women’s Centre offers a free, half-hour legal advice clinic in Calgary. The clinic addresses issues relating to family law and other types of law, but does not address issues pertaining to criminal law or immigration law. Appointments are required.
Phone: (403) 264-1155
Alberta Human Rights Commission
The Commission administers the Alberta Human Rights Act. If you believe you have been discriminated against, you may contact them to file a complaint.
Confidential Inquiry Line: 780-427-7661
Support services for Two Spirit, trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people in Calgary including legal aid, mentorship, counselling, food and income support, housing assistance, and more.
Skipping Stone’s PDF guide on ID changes in Alberta, including a checklist, fingerprinting and registry locations, and detailed guides based on your situation, can be found here.
Red Deer Queer Community Association
Community support and social events for the 2SLGBTQ+ community in central Alberta.
Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission (SKHRC)
The SKHRC administers The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code Website. If you believe you’ve been discriminated against under one of the protected grounds, you can file a complaint with the SKHRC, who will investigate it.
Offers various services for the 2SLGBTQ+ community in Regina, including counselling, social support groups, and funding opportunities.
A 5 bedroom supportive transitional housing for 2SLGBTQ+ folks age 16-21 facing houselessness in Regina
TransSask Support Services
Resources to help with medical and legal transitions.
Peer support and counselling, as well as social support groups based in Saskatoon.
Gabriela is a Saskatoon-based lawyer with Scharfstein Gibbings Walen Fisher LLP, who focuses her legal practice on the area of family law and has helped 2STNBGN clients navigating changing their name and gender on legal IDs.
Manitoba Human Rights Commission
The Commission administers the Manitoba Human Rights Code. If you believe you have been discriminated against, you may contact them to file a complaint.
Phone (Winnipeg Office): 204-945-3007
Phone (Brandon Office): 204-726-6261
Toll free: 1-888-884-8681
Rainbow Resource Centre
Access to free single session or short term counselling and health resources, as well as social support groups.
A community space in Winnipeg that offers a community drop in and social space with access to showers, harm reduction supplies, laundry, a cup of coffee, and a meal, as well as help accessing other resources in the area.
Aboriginal Legal Services Toronto (ALST)
ALST provides services to low-income Aboriginal people in Toronto. Our services include: Aboriginal Court workers; Gladue reports and aftercare; poverty law services (such as landlord/tenant issues, social assistance, victim rights, human rights, and police complaints); a criminal diversion program for adults and youth; an alternative process for child welfare cases; and test cases and law reform. ALST is trans-positive and Two Spirit-friendly.
Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC)
The OHRC administers the Ontario Human Rights Act. If you believe you’ve been discriminated against under one of the protected grounds, you can file a complaint with the OHRC, who will investigate it.
Phone: (416) 326-9511
Toll free phone: 1-800-387-9080
Human Rights Legal Support Centre (HRLSC)
The HRLSC offers legal advice pertaining to the Human Rights Code to anyone in Ontario regardless of age, income, immigration status, etc. They offer free and confidential legal advice through their phone lines to anyone who has experienced human rights violations. They also provide legal services and support if you decide to file an application to the Human Rights Tribunal, and can provide legal representation at mediations and hearings, all free of charge. The HRLSC also provides free public legal information and education workshops and presentations, and has a specific Indigenous legal team that offers culturally-safe legal support and advice for anyone who self-identifies as Indigenous, regardless of status.
The HRLSC also operates the Sexual Harassment and Assault Resource Exchange (SHARE), which supports anyone in Ontario that has experienced sexual harassment or assault at work, including harassment based on gender identity or gender expression. This includes all workers, paid or unpaid, including interns, volunteers, and students. Call their team by contacting HRLSC and pressing 5 to access free and confidential legal advice and information specific to your situation. SHARE is trauma-informed and will offer you your options without pressure to act one way or another. While they cannot act as legal representation, they will refer you to legal representation if requested. They also offer free public legal information and education workshops and presentations about workplace sexual harassment, including legal options for workers, and employer obligations.
HRLSC, and SHARE specifically, can be contacted at the numbers below on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wendesdays, and Fridays from 9am to 5pm Eastern time, and on Thursdays from 2pm to 6pm Eastern time.
Phone: (416) 597-4900
Toll Free: 1-866-625-5179
TTY: (416) 597-4903
TTY Toll Free: 1-866 612-8627
Press 5 to connect with SHARE
Justice for Children and Youth (JFCY)
JFCY is a specialized legal aid clinic that provides legal services for young people under 18, and homeless youth under 25, in Ontario. Online we provide legal information through our Legal Rights Wiki and Ask a Lawyer; over the phone we provide up to 30 minutes of free legal advice; and direct legal services and representation is provided to eligible low-income children and youth.
Phone: 416-920-1633 or 1-866-999-5329
HIV AIDS Legal Clinic of Ontario (HALCO)
The HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO) provides free legal services for people living with HIV/AIDS in Ontario, Canada.
Phone: 416-340-7790 or toll-free: 1-888-705-8889.
HALCO is also leading the TRANS*-forming JUSTICE project (Trans* Legal Needs Assessment Ontario)
Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO)
CLEO offers clear, accurate, and practical legal rights education and information. They work as part of Ontario’s legal aid system, and their website contains many resources organized by topic designed to help with a variety of legal issues. Their Steps to Justice website also has step-by-step information about legal issues and legal questions.
Lawyer Referral Service
The Ontario Law Society’s free 30-minute phone consultation for legal assistance. Apply online or call in, Monday to Friday between 9 am and 5 pm.
Phone: 1-855-947-5255 or 416-947-5255.
Legal Aid Ontario
Legal Aid Ontario provides legal aid services for those who are financially eligible. They cover issues pertaining to criminal law, family law, mental health legal issues, and immigration and refugee law.
Community Legal Clinics
Ontario’s community legal clinic system offers legal aid services to those who are financially and geographically eligible. They cover concerns not addressed by Legal Aid Ontario, including Ontario Disability Support Program issues, housing issues, employment law, Indigenous justice, and Canada pension plan issues. You can find your local Community Legal Clinic here.
We can confirm that the following clinics do their best to offer trans-affirming practices:
Osgoode’s Community Legal Aid Services Program (CLASP)
CLASP is Osgoode Hall Law School’s student-run legal clinic offering free services and case management in the GTA. Must be financially and geographically eligible.
Queen’s Legal Aid Ontario
Queen’s University’s student-run legal clinic offers free services and case management in Kingston. Must be financially and geographically eligible.
University of Ottawa’s Community Legal Clinic
University of Ottawa’s student-run legal clinic offers free services and case management in Ottawa. Must be financially and geographically eligible. Drop-in three times a week.
University of Toronto’s Downtown Legal Services
Downtown Legal Services is the University of Toronto Faculty of Law legal clinic. We provide advice and representation to low-income clients and University of Toronto students who have legal problems related to criminal law, family law, human rights law, refugee and immigration law, housing law and university affairs (academic offences and appeals). In addition to individual client services, DLS runs an expansive community outreach and public legal education program, aimed at raising awareness of key legal rights and responsibilities. We also provide notary services for a nominal charge. Must be financially and geographically eligible.
University of Western’s Community Legal Services
Western’s student-run legal clinic offers free services and case management in London. Must be financially and geographically eligible.
University of Windsor’s Community Legal Aid
University of Windsor’s student-run legal clinic offers free services and case management in Windsor to those who are financially eligible.
Black Femme Legal
Black Femme Legal is a Black femme led organization offering a workplace toolkit in support of Black queer and trans women, femmes, and gender non-conforming folks in Ontario. They also offer other resources, including support resources and legal resources.
Queer Justice Project
Trans ID clinics and legal support in Hamilton.
Black Legal Action Centre
Legal resources and information for Black people.
Legal support for sex workers.
Online resources to help people experiencing gender-based discrimination or seeking to prevent gender-based discrimination in Ontario schools
The 519 in Toronto offers legal advice and referrals, over the phone counselling, support groups for people with many different identities and lived experiences, drop in meals for lower income, street active, unhoused, and sex working Two Spirit, trans, non-binary and gender diverse folks, housing support for youth, mentorship opportunities, and more.
Friends of Ruby
Friends of Ruby in Toronto offers a drop in space, counselling, and transitional housing.
Centretown Community Health Centre
A health clinic in Ottawa that offers Two Spirit, trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming-affirming healthcare, runs social groups, and also offers walk-in counselling.
An Ottawa based group that offers social spaces and various care programs.
A community space in Hamilton that offers a social space, mutual aid, a food pantry, and clothing swaps for Two Spirit, trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people.
Peer support for youth aged 16-29 across Ontario, including a web-based chatline between 4 and 9:30pm, a text line (647-694-4275) from 4 to 9:30pm, and a phone line (1-800-268-9688) from 6 to 9 pm.
London InterCommunity HealthCare
Health clinic for Two Spirit, trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people in London.
Trans Wellness Ontario
Food bank, housing supports, and support groups for Two Spirit, trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people in Windsor.
Trans* Toolkit Collective
Custom gender affirming toolkits for Two Spirit, trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people living in Toronto.
Toronto Prisoners’ Rights Project
Prisoner advocacy group that runs an emergency fund and food boxes for people impacted by incarceration in Toronto. They also run a hotline for prisoner advocacy, referrals, information, and support at 416-755-9239.
An organization for 2SLGBT+ francophones in Ontario and outside of Quebec. They offer services for migrants and newcomers, social spaces, and more.
Rainbow Ottawa Student Experience (ROSE)
ROSE provides community and support to 2SLGBTQIA+ students and youth in Ottawa. They offer a closed space Discord server for 2SLGBTQIA+ youth, regular community events, advocacy for community members facing issues, gender affirming gear, peer support, and more.
Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse
The Commission is responsible for enforcing the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms. If you believe you’ve been discriminated against under one of the protected grounds, you can file a complaint with the Commission.
Toll free phone: 1-800-361-6477
Head and Hands Legal Services (HHLS)
A Montréal-based LGBT-friendly youth organization offering summary legal advice and information for 30-minute consultation, with a $20 suggested fee. HHLS also provides free legal information, referrals, and court accompaniment for youth ages 12-25.
Runs a legal information line for 2SLGBTQ+ folks every Tuesday from 5pm to 9pm.
Centre Communautaire LGBTQ+ de Montréal
Legal information centre in French and English
McGill Legal Information Clinic
Free legal information in French or English for anyone in Québec. Also operates a free Court Accompaniment program, by accompanying clients with hearings at Small Claims Court or the Tribunal administratif du logement.
Gender affirming gear, referral and advocacy services, active listening, and support groups based in Montréal.
Peer support, advocacy, harm reduction, outreach, referrals, information, and health support
Centre for Gender Advocacy
Help with name and gender market changes (including commissioner of oaths services), and peer support advocacy.
Aide aux Trans du Québec
One on one appointments, support groups, emergency aid, and a 24/7 helpline at 1-855-909-9038 #1.
Trans peer support workshops and events.
Discussion groups for two spirit and trans adults and youth in the region of Estrie, as well as French-language guides to help with legal transition.
An organization based in Montréal focused on providing immediate help to refugee claimants, including social supports, essential items, and online resources.
Conseil Québécois LGBT
A collective of LGBTQ+ organizations in Québec. They aim to consolidate LGBTQ+ organizations in the province and advocate collectively in defence of LGBTQ+ rights. They offer a collection of resources and organizations across the province, including the Inclusion LGBTQ2+ tool, which lists training and awareness workshops.
New Brunswick Legal Aid Services Commission
The New Brunswick Legal Aid Services Commision provides legal services to low income individuals regarding family and criminal law matters. For more information about services offered and eligibility requirements, please click the following link:
University of New Brunswick OUTlaw
OUTlaw is a student-run LGBTQ social support group for students at UNB’s law school. The association provides input on legal matters that concern the LGBTQ community. The members are willing to confer informally with LGBTQ people and their allies.
New Brunswick Human Rights Commission (NBHRC)
The NBHRC administers the New Brunswick Human Rights Act. If you believe you have been discriminated against, you may contact them to file a complaint.
Phone: (506) 453-2301
Toll free: 1-888-471-2233
QT Fatties in NB
A safe online space for 2SLGBTQ+ fat folks in New Brunswick offering gender affirming clothing swaps and more.
Dalhousie Legal Aid Service
Provides legal aid for low-income individuals and has a trans rights community file, taking cases of family law, human rights, youth criminal justice involving Two Spirit, trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming clients and other members of the queer community.
Phone: (902) 423-8105
Jason Marc Charrier
Marc is a lawyer with Muttarts law firm in Kentville, NS. He practices in the areas of child protection, immigration, family law, and administrative law (such as human rights).
Legal Advice for Sexual Assault Survivors
Nova Scotia has created a Legal Advice for Sexual Assault Survivors program, which provides two-hours of legal advice at a time to adult survivors of sexual assault.
The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia (LISNS)
LISNS provides legal information and resources. It offers free 30-minute summary legal advice. They also have a Lawyer Referral Service and a Mediator Referral Service, that allow you to speak with a lawyer or mediator for 30 minutes for no more than $20 + tax.
Phone: (902) 454-2198 ext 105
Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission (NSHRC)
The NSHRC administers the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act. If you believe you have been discriminated against, you may contact them to file a complaint.
Phone: (902) 424-4111
Toll free: 1-877-269-7699
TTY: (902) 424-3139
Nova Scotia Legal Aid
Provides free legal representation to individuals who are financially eligible for legal aid.
Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project (NSRAP)
NSRAP advocates for legal and social equality for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
Nova Scotia Youth Project
The Youth Project provides resources for youth, including legal referrals.
Coverdale Courtwork Society
Legal support for Two Spirit, trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people and cis women involved or at risk of being involved with the criminal justice system.
Dalhousie Legal Aid Service
Legal information for low income people from Dalhousie Law students.
A community space that practices harm reduction and anti-oppression in Halifax.
Health resources for 2SLGBTQ+ communities.
Community Legal Information Association of Prince Edward Island
Community Legal Information Association of PEI facilitates access to justice by providing legal information to clients and administering a lawyer referral service on behalf of the Law Society of PEI.
Phone: (902) 892-0853 (Monday to Thursday from 9 am to 3:30 pm).
Toll Free (in PEI only): 1-800-240-9798
Prince Edward Island Human Rights Commission
The Prince Edward Island Human Rights Commission administers the PEI Human Rights Act. If you believe you’ve been discriminated against under one of the protected grounds, you can file a complaint with the PEIHRC, who will investigate it.
Phone: (902) 368-4180
Toll Free (in PEI only): 1-800-237-5031
Drop in spaces for 2SLGBTQ+ adults and youth.
PEI Transgender Network
Peer support, resources, and help navigating systems in PEI.
Newfoundland & Labrador Legal Aid Commission (NLAC)
The NLAC provides, in many cases, free legal aid to those who qualify.
Telephone: (709) 753-7860
Toll free: 1-800-563-9911
Public Legal Information Association of NL (PLIAN)
PLIAN is an independent non-profit organization with a mandate to increase access to justice in Newfoundland and Labrador through providing legal information and education services to the general public. PLIAN operates a Legal Information Line that provides general legal information to the public, as well as a Lawyer Referral Service. Lawyers who register with this service agree to provide a 30-minute consultation at a flat rate of $40 (tax included). The Legal Information Line and Lawyer Referral Service operates Monday to Friday, 9 AM – 12 PM. PLIAN additionally provides publications on a variety of legal issues, free of charge, and frequently delivers presentations and workshops to the public on many different legal topics.
Legal Information and Lawyer Referral Service:
709-722-2643 or 1-888-660-7788 (operates Monday to Friday, 9 am to 12 pm).
Newfoundland and Labrador Human Rights Commission
The Commission administers the Newfoundland and Labrador Human Rights Act. If you believe you have been discriminated against, you may contact them to file a complaint.
Toll free: 1-800-563-5808
A community space for 2SLGBTQ+ folks in Newfoundland and Labrador. Runs various social events and gatherings.
Trans Support NL
Runs trans peer support groups in different regions of Newfoundland and Labrador, offers information about transitioning in Newfoundland and Labrador, and provides access to gender affirming gear (currently just binders).
Yukon Human Rights Commission (YHRC)
If you feel you have been discriminated against under one of the protected Yukon Human Rights Act grounds, you may contact the YHRC to file a complaint.
Phone: (867) 667-6226 or 1-800-661-0535.
Yukon Public Legal Education Association
Runs a law line that offers free legal information over the phone.
Council of Yukon First Nations
Legal information and document interpretation for Indigenous peoples.
Social events and access to gender affirming gear.
All Genders Yukon
Mental Health Support, including up to two sessions per month of paid mental health services and a list of trans-affirming mental health professionals.
Northwest Territories Human Rights Commission (NWTHRC)
The Northwest Territories Human Rights Commission administers the Northwest Territories Human Rights Act. If you believe you have been harassed or discriminated against under one of the protected areas and grounds, including gender identity, you can file a complaint with the NWTHRC, who will investigate it.
Toll free phone: 1-888-669-5575
Legal Aid Commission
Legal aid outreach clinics across the Northwest Territories with limited and confidential legal information and advice.
A group based in Yellowknife that runs various social groups including Two Spirit, trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming social groups for adults and children, and offers peer support appointments.
Nunavut Human Rights Tribunal
The Nunavut Human Rights Tribunal is responsible for administering the Nunavut Human Rights Act. If you believe you’ve been discriminated against under one of the protected grounds, you can file a complaint with the Tribunal, who will investigate it.
A Facebook group for 2SLGBTQ+ folks in Iqaluit.