Access Pro Bono Programs

We offer several programs serving the critical legal needs of BC's individuals and non-profit organizations of limited means, ranging from summary legal advice clinics to full legal representation services.
APB operates an extensive network of summary legal advice clinics throughout the province. Clients can make appointments through our Vancouver office and, in some instances, directly through the local clinic. Our volunteer lawyers provide up to a half-hour of free legal advice to clients, and additional appointments may be available.
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The Civil Chambers Program provides legal assistance and representation services to low- and modest-income individuals engaged in civil (non-family) chambers litigation matters before the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal in Vancouver.
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The Roster Program provides pro bono representation services for particular case types to qualifying individuals and non-profit organizations. Client applications are screened by APB staff and volunteer coordinators, and then sent to a number of lawyers for their consideration. If a lawyer responds to the particular case, they choose the scope of their services. Insurance and disbursement coverage is made available to roster lawyers.
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APB is the recipient of funds from a class action lawsuit Steele and Others v Toyota Canada Inc and others. In it plaintiffs alleged that Toyota breached anti-competition laws and created a program that actually undermined consumer’s right to negotiate a fair market price. It was settled. Part of the understanding in receiving the funds is that APB would provide a Consumer Protection Clinic to provide summary advice for individuals with potential or actual Consumer Protection cases.
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The Employment Standards Program provides free legal representation by volunteer lawyers and law students to low-income employees or former employees appearing before the Employment Standards Branch (e.g. vacation pay, termination pay, overtime, statutory holiday pay, etc.).
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The Mental Health Program provides pro bono representation services to individuals contesting their involuntary detainment under the BC Mental Health Act.
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The Residential Tenancy Program provides legal representation to low-income individuals (qualifying tenants and landlords) appearing before the Residential Tenancy Branch.
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The Solicitors’ Program is designed to facilitate the provision of pro bono legal services to charitable and non-profit community organizations of limited means.
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APB has partnered with the Vancouver Justice Access Centre and the Law Courts Center to provide support for self-represented litigants who need assistance in preparing court documents. The Program operates as a weekly evening clinic at the Vancouver Justice Access Centre at the downtown Vancouver courthouse.
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APB, in partnership with the federal Department of Justice and the provincial Ministry of Justice, operates a weekly Will and Representation Agreement preparation clinic at the Vancouver Justice Access Centre for low-income seniors (ages 55+) and people with terminal illnesses.
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