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.


CLAS' David Mossop, Q.C. Public Interest Articling Fellowship Now Open for 2020-2021 Applications

The Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS) is seeking an articling student to start May 2020, with flexibility on the start date. This position is for a full articling term of 12 months, including PLTC. This articling position is funded by a special grant from the Law Foundation of BC under its David Mossop Q.C. Public Interest Articling Fellowship Program.

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CLAS’ statement on Ombudsperson report on involuntary admissions under the Mental Health Act

The Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS) welcomes the Ombudsperson’s report released March 7, 2019, “Committed to Change: Protecting the Rights of Involuntary Patients under the Mental Health Act”. The report serves as an important evaluation of detaining facilities’ compliance with completing 6 required forms related to involuntary admission under the Mental Health Act. The investigation findings reflect what countless people detained under the Mental Health Act and community groups and organizations such as CLAS have been saying for decades – that involuntarily detained patients’ rights are routinely violated and disregarded in BC’s mental health system.

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Working CLAS Social 2019

We are excited to invite you to our fundraiser this year. We hope you can join us for dancing, delicious food, and a chance to take home great silent auction items as we raise funds for CLAS' work.

Working CLAS Social
Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 6pm
The Wise Hall, 1882 Adanac Street
Coast Salish Territories

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