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Help and information related to youth criminal law

African Canadian Legal Clinic

The African Canadian Legal Clinic provides advice and represents African Canadians in a number of legal forums through test cases.

It runs a youth justice education program and also gives community referrals for Black youth involved in the criminal law system.

Court Prep

Court Prep is an interactive website for young people preparing to testify in court.

The site has an interactive courtroom, witness tips, and information on the justice process.

Department of Justice

The federal Department of Justice has information on youth criminal law, including fact sheets on several topics.

Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers

The Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (FACL) promotes equity, justice, and opportunity for the Asian Canadian community.

Its Bridge the Gap project has short videos in 7 languages on several youth criminal justice topics such as:

  • extrajudicial measures and extrajudicial sanctions
  • arrest, detention, and bail
  • police searches and arrests

John Howard Society

The John Howard Society of Ontario works with people who are in conflict with the law and offers various services, such as counselling, literacy classes, and employment assistance.

Justice for Children and Youth

Justice for Children and Youth is a legal clinic that specializes in protecting the rights of young people.

Their website has lots of helpful information for young people who have legal issues or problems, including Know Your Rights: A Legal Guide to Your Rights and Responsibilities For People Under 18 and a Guide to Youth Criminal Court in Toronto.

Ministry of Children and Youth Services

Ontario's Ministry of Children and Youth Services has information about youth criminal law and runs community programs and services for youth across the province.

Ontario Justice Education Network

The Ontario Justice Education Network (OJEN) promotes understanding, education, and dialogue to support a responsive and inclusive justice system.

OJEN runs justice education programs across the province for elementary and high school students, newcomer, Francophone, and Aboriginal youth, and young people living in high-risk communities. These programs are designed to help young people better understand the legal system and manage legal issues. OJEN also produces free teaching resources for law and civics classes that are available in English and French.


Springboard runs programs for youth and adults that focus on personal development, crime prevention, and building stronger communities.

It offers several programs for young people involved in the criminal justice system, including the Youth Court Action Planning Program, which helps young people and their families access community resources in the early stages of the court process.

Teen Legal Helpline

The Teen Legal Helpline is a free, confidential online service that connects Ontario teens with experienced lawyers who give them legal advice.

Teens submit their question through the website and a volunteer lawyer gives a private response in a password-protected forum.

Your Legal Rights

Your Legal Rights has free legal information on a wide range of topics, including youth criminal justice. It also includes listings for key legal and social services in Ontario.


Support services for youth

211 Ontario

211 Ontario is an information and referral hotline that gives help in many languages. You can dial 211 for free from any phone in Ontario. They take calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Kids Help Phone

Kids Help Phone is a free, anonymous, and confidential phone and online counselling service for youth across Canada.

Phone counselling is available 24 hours a day at 1-800-668-6868. Through its online forum, young people can ask a counsellor a question and get a response within 4 days.

Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line

The Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line is a free peer-support line for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, 2-spirited, queer, and questioning youth who are 26 and under and live in Ontario.

The website has information and referral listings.

The support line is available Sundays to Fridays from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. It can be reached toll-free at 1-800-268-9688, by TTY at 416-962-0777, by text at 647-694-4275, or through online chat. Volunteers also respond to email at

(Reviewed October 2015)