CLAS Programs

Community Law Program

We provide legal assistance to people in B.C. with problems in the areas of workers’ rights, income security, housing, mental health and human rights. We offer different kinds of legal services, including: summary legal advice to outline your options and point you in the right direction; assistance to help you represent yourself; and full representation.

Mental Health Law Program

We provide legal advice and representation to people who: have been involuntarily detained pursuant to the BC Mental Health Act; or have custody or conditional discharge disposition orders pursuant to the Mental Disorder Provisions of the Criminal Code of Canada. If you have been involuntarily detained under the Mental Health Act or require representation at a BC Criminal Code Review Board hearing, contact our office and, depending on our capacity, we will either assist you or provide you options, including potential referrals.

BC Human Rights Clinic

We provide representation to complainants who have cases before the BC Human Rights Tribunal. If your application for representation by our Clinic is accepted, an advocate will assist you with the early stages of your complaint, including exploring settlement. Although most cases settle, should your case go to a hearing, a lawyer may be able to assist you in your preparation and potentially even represent you at your hearing.

Community Advocate Support Line

We provide a dedicated legal support service exclusively for advocates and community workers in B.C.


Confronting Islamophobia

CLAS Executive Director and human rights lawyer Aleem Bharmal discusses the issue as a guest on the Janice and Cory show - Roundhouse Radio 98.3

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Indo-Canadian Veterinarians get Apology

This week, a group of Indo-Canadian veterinarians, were vindicated and received a full apology and redress for suffering racial discrimination at the hands of their professional governing body, the College of Veterinarians of British Columbia. This case is a troubling reminder of the damage discrimination can cause to individuals and within our communities, if left unchecked.

At CLAS our goal is to advance dignity, equality and justice in society. This case illustrates our commitment to this goal. We proudly teamed with outside co-counsel, Clea Parfitt, and together poured years of hard effort into this case. Ultimately we achieved justice for our clients.

Aleem Bharmal, Executive Director at CLAS

CLAS lawyer Aleem Bharmal discusses his case with CBC's Stephen Quinn - from On the Coast June 6, 2017

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