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Pro bono legal advice and representation Ontario & Nunavut Division

  • Advocacy & Legal

Free legal advice by lawyers

This program assists people affected by multiple sclerosis in Ontario address legal challenges with the help of lawyers who provide pro bono legal advice or representation.
Individuals may be referred for up to 30 minutes of free legal advice and assistance for issues relating to employment (non-union issues only), housing, consumer issues, such as consumer debt and consumer protection, creating Powers of Attorney and going to court (civil matters only – no family or criminal law)
Should it be required, individuals may be referred for representation to a law firm who has partnered with the MS Society. Issues of human rights and disability accommodations, employment issues (non-union issues only) and tax matters may be supported by the law firm.
If we are unable to assist you with your specific advocacy or legal challenge, we will try to connect you to other available resources in your community.

If you or someone you know requires assistance with a legal or advocacy issue please contact the Program Coordinator at 1-800-268-7582 ext. 3109 or 416-922-6065 ext. 3109 or e-mail us at VLAPontario@mssociety.ca

Self-Advocacy Tools

Adjusting to a diagnosis of a chronic illness like MS is a journey that requires information, support, and courage. The MS Society of Canada has resources that can play a role in your journey.

How to Fill Out an Application for Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefits is a step-by-step resource guide to submitting a successful application for CPP-D benefits. (This is applicable to Canadians living outside of Quebec).

Symptom and Function Questionnaire is a tool that is designed to help identify, clarify, and focus your specific experiences with MS in your day-to-day life. This is applicable to all Canadians.

This questionnaire can be used for:
  • Preparing for Canada Pension Plan -Disability applications
  • Preparing for Quebec Pension Plan – Disability applications
  • Preparing for long-term disability applications
  • Preparing for provincial benefit applications
  • Preparing for Disability Tax Credit applications
  • Sharing with doctors and specialists to clarify symptoms and be concise during short appointments
  • Personal tracking of symptoms

Additional resource guides, developed by our British Columbia and Yukon Division, provide information on the more common legal and advocacy challenges faced by those who are affected by MS. While there may be some BC & Yukon specific information in these booklets, much of their content is relevant for general use (Please note they are in English only).

Relevant legal resources

VLAP is a registered Pro Bono Law Ontario (PBLO) project. The MS Society of Canada wishes to thank PBLO and Torys LLP for making this program possible.

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