A Summary of Free Client-Ready Legal Resources in Alberta

There are many occasions when poverty law advocates, including lawyers, would benefit from written legal information to provide to clients: for example, when they meet clients with several presenting issues, but can address only 1 or 2; or just to provide robust, take-away information for clients to reference in the coming days and weeks.

While there are many legal resources available on the internet, the challenge for poverty law practitioners is knowing which legal resources can reasonably be expected to be accurate and regularly updated. At this time, there is no central information portal providing links to all resources available in the province, although I understand that one may be in the works. Until that is up and running, good sources for written legal information that advocates can provide to clients include:

So that readers of this post can access relevant publications from one entry point, I have grouped what I deem to be the most relevant publications from CPLEA, SLS, Service Alberta, Employment Standards, the Alberta Labour Relations Board, the Alberta Human Rights Commission, the Government of Alberta, and Citizenship and Immigration Canada by subject area, and hyperlinked their titles to the most current versions of each publication (in PDF where available). As this post becomes out of date, more current versions will likely be available from the organizations’ respective websites. For your benefit, Access Review plans on updating these links every few months, to ensure they are in fact up-to-date.

Contracts, Consumer Law and Consumer Debt/Credit

Change of Name

Criminal Law and Regulatory Offences

Elder Law

Employment Law

Estates Law

Family Law

Homelessness and the Law

Housing Law

Human Rights

Immigration Law

Litigation and Problem-Solving

Youth Law

About Sarah Eadie

LL.B. (U of A), M.A. (U of A), B.A. (McGill). Sarah Eadie is a staff lawyer at the Edmonton Community Legal Centre, where she is part of a team of lawyers who practice poverty law in the area of civil litigation. Prior to her work at the ECLC, Sarah worked as a criminal defence barrister. She has a strong interest in poverty law, particularly in the areas of access to justice, human rights, and employment law including the rights of migrant and temporary foreign workers.
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