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.


In Remembrance: The Quebec City Mosque Shooting

The Islamophobia Legal Assistance Hotline (ILAH) is holding a community discussion to mark the second anniversary of the horrific shooting that killed six worshipers at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City in 2016.

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Another blow to BC tenants: Rental Housing Task Force recommendations fail to protect tenants


Vancouver – Today, the BC Government Rental Housing Task Force released a set of recommendations with no meaningful protections for renters in BC. The Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS), along with other tenants’ rights advocacy organizations and countless renters and housing insecure British Columbians participated in a consultative process and submitted recommendations and comments; a vast majority of which were ignored.

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Recommendations to the Rental Housing Task Force

CLAS staff Danielle Sabelli and Samrah Mian made submissions to the recently established BC Rental Housing Task Force, including four recommendations to protect and enhance Tenants' rights. The full submission including recommendations can be found here.

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