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Upward Youth Advocacy & Legal Services


Our mission is to provide legal and advocacy services that will enhance the lives of children and youth at risk and youth who are involved with the criminal justice system.


Criminal Law
Upward Youth Advocacy & Legal Services provides legal representation for youth charged with a criminal offence, including but not limited to: Offence Against Person, Rights of Property and/or Administration of Law & Justice, as well as, Drug/Substance of Weapon/Firearm Offences.

Community Advocacy
Upward Youth Advocacy and Legal Services seeks to assist community service providers and government agencies in finding solutions to the unique issues facing at-risk children, youth and families by providing legal research and policy and program recommendations.

Pro Bono Work
Upward Youth Advocacy & Legal Services is strongly committed to community progress and youth development. As a part of our commitment we are dedicating a percentage of our time and skills to pro bono service on a case by case basis.


All youth who are charged with a criminal offence are entitled to competent legal representation. We will represent all youth in need of legal representation. However, we are particularly interested in ensuring that youth from low income families and/or disenfranchised communities have access to competent legal representation. We accept legal aid certificates as payment for legal services rendered.

Downtown Legal Services
Downtown Legal Services is both a community legal clinic and a clinical education program, operated by the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto. Our free services are provided by law students, who work under the close supervision of our expert staff lawyers. Approximately 140 law students work at the clinic every year, enabling us to serve over two thousand people.


We provide a range of free legal services for low-income residents of Toronto and University of Toronto students in five areas of law:

  • Criminal Division
  • Family Division
  • Housing Law Division
  • Refugee and Immigration Division
  • University Affairs Division

gbls (Global business & legal services)
Established in 1990, Global Business & Legal Services provides a wide range of legal assistance to companies, law firms and individuals. We specialize in the areas of Asset Registration and Debt Recovery with the aim of reducing our clients’ administrative and/or legal costs.


  • Small Claims and Debt Collection
  • Property Management – Landlord & Tenant Law
  • Asset Search & Lien Registration
  • Provincial/Traffic Offences


Monday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday By Appointment
Sunday By Appointment

Access Legal Services (ALS)
Our firm understands the complex nature of Ontario’s judicial system and strives to make our clients’ interactions with the judicial system as simple and successful as possible.

Programs & Services:

  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • WSIB / Disability
  • Slip and Fall Cases
  • Small Claims
  • Loan Disputes
  • Property Assessment
  • Regulatory Offences
  • Home Insurance Claims
  • Criminal Injuries
  • Internet Fraud and Misrepresentation
  • All Traffic Tickets
  • Bad Credit Management
  • Human Rights Violations
  • Canada Pension Plan Disability (CPPD)
  • Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)
  • Long Term Disability (LTD)

Lewsi Legal Services
Lewis Legal Services is a Toronto Paralegal Service owned and operated by Joy Lewis.  As a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, I am able to provide quality service at a time when you need it most.

Programs & Services:

Lewis Legal Services can provide advice, guidance and legal representation in the following areas;

  • Small Claims Court matters
  • Provincial offences
  • Various Ontario Tribunals, including but not limited to, the Landlord and Tenant Board, the Immigration and Refugee Board and the Human Rights Tribunal
  • Freelance services
  • Commissioner of Oaths and Affidavits

Willow Tree Mediation
Willow Tree Mediation – a first point of contact for families who are experiencing interpersonal or logistical issues with family and/or extended family members. Holistic early intervention is the key to maintaining family unity.

Programs & Services:

We provide peaceful solutions to family conflict through affordable family mediation services.

  • Accredited Family Mediators (OAFM)
  • Parenting Plans
  • Custody, Access & Child Support
  • Property Division, Spousal support
  • Elder, Sibling and Youth mediation

Legal Aid Ontario
Legal Aid Ontario has a statutory mandate to promote access to justice throughout Ontario for low-income individuals. In fulfilling this mandate Legal Aid Ontario is committed to providing services which recognize the importance of diversity, access, equity, creativity and quality.

Programs & Services:

  • Speak to a lawyer, for free, on our toll-free telephone line—When you call our toll-free line, you will learn whether you are eligible to speak to a lawyer. This lawyer can help you prepare for your court appearance, help you complete forms and tell you about your legal options.
  • Legal Aid Ontario issues certificates to people eligible for them. These certificates are like vouchers for legal services. You can take a legal aid certificate to a lawyer who takes legal aid certificates and use it to “pay” for that lawyer’s services for a certain number of hours. The lawyer will use that time to represent you in court or help you deal with other legal matters.
  • Information and referrals to other service providers.
  • Areas of law we can help with; criminal, family, refugee/immigration, domestic violence, mental health and addictions


Eligibility: If you are a low-income person, Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) may be able to provide you with legal assistance. Usually this means that you have little or no money left after paying for basic things like food and housing. Please call for more details about eligibility.

JusticeNet is a not-for-profit service helping people in need of legal expertise, whose income is too high to access legal aid and too low to afford standard legal fees.

Programs & Services:

  • Participating lawyers offer a wide range of legal services covering almost all areas of law at reduced fees.
  • Paralegals are licensed to offer a limited set of legal services, such as client representation in small claims court, traffic violations, landlord-tenant disputes, and minor criminal offenses. Reduced fees are below those of participating lawyers.

Mediators offer an alternative method of dispute resolution for parties who wish to avoid court-based litigation. Taking no sides, the mediator guides negotiation that allows the parties to create a tailor-made agreement.

Boost is committed to eliminating abuse and violence in the lives of children, youth, and their families. We believe that all children and youth have a right to grow up in a safe, healthy, and nurturing environment. We are dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and violence through education and awareness, and to collaborating with our community partners to provide services to children, youth, and their families.

Programs & Services:

Child & Youth Advocates
Boost’s Child & Youth Advocacy Program (CYAP) is a voluntary service offered to all families involved with the CYAC during a child abuse investigation. Our Child & Youth Advocates provide immediate and ongoing support, advocacy and referral services to children/youth and their family members.

Assessment Directed Therapy Program At Boost, we believe that with support, children, youth and families can build on their strengths to recover from traumatic events. The Assessment Directed Therapy Program can help.

Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Counselling Program
The ICE Program provides referrals to short-term counselling for child and youth victims of Internet exploitation and to their impacted family members. If you are a victim, you can refer yourself to the program or be referred to the program by someone you trust – a teacher, police officer or victim services worker.

Child Victim Witness Support Program (CVWSP)
Court preparation and support is offered for any child or youth who may need to testify in a criminal court proceeding.


Eligibility: Criterion is program specific, please contact for details.