Legal Programs & Assistance

Challenges women in our community are facing can often lead to, or even stem from, legal issues.

Finding affordable advice on how to navigate legal challenges can be difficult at best.

This is why the Women’s Centre hosts legal advice clinics for women. In all of these programs, we work to ensure we are creating a safe, empathetic and non-judgmental space where women are able to gain information and support.

Legal Advice Clinics

All of the lawyers who provide advice at our legal clinics are women. These lawyers volunteer their time to the Women’s Centre, to ensure more women are able to access legal advice no matter their economic situation. These lawyers work to equip women with the information and options they ask for, so women can feel empowered and in control of their situations.

Clinics are:
  • free
  • provided by volunteer lawyers
  • Offer appointments for in-person or over-the-phone
  • one-to-one basis
  • half-hour advice sessions
The clinics address and provide advice on:
  • family issues
  • civil cases
  • immigration
  • criminal 
  • other issues
These sessions aim to provide a starting point when accessing the legal system. Our lawyers do not provide legal representation.

All women are welcome; appointments required. To make an appointment, please call the Women’s Centre or email us at legal@womenscentrecalgary.org.

Taxes

Women’s Centre volunteers can prepare taxes for low-income women. While doing the taxes, volunteers provide information on how to access associated benefits such as:

  • GST rebate
  • Canada child tax benefits
  • provincial child health benefits
  • assistance with other forms
In 2023, 311 women completed tax returns.

I.D. Clinics

The Women’s Centre no longer hosts ID Clinics. If you are needing an ID, please get in touch with Calgary Legal Guidance for their monthly ID Clinic list: (403) 716-6498.

Commissioner of Oaths

The Women’s Centre has women on staff certified to endorse affirmations and declarations, take and receive affidavits, or administer oaths. This service is done by appointment. 

Please contact us at (403) 264-1155 to arrange a time when the Commissioners are available.

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