This resource list was compiled by Teen Legal Helpline, and can be found at teenlegalhelpline.org/resources. The links for the NWT and Nunavut have been changed.
Children’s Legal & Education Resource Centre (CLERC): youthlaw.ca
Answers to common questions that youth have about the law in Alberta. You can use a service called “Ask a Lawyer” to speak with a free and experienced lawyer who specializes in youth law.
Legal Rights for Youth: legalrightsforyouth.ca
Answers to common questions that youth have about the law in British Columbia.
The Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties (MARL): marl.mb.ca/youth-program/under-18-handbook
Publishers of the “Under 18 Handbook” that answers common questions that youth have about the law in Manitoba.
Youth Justice - Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick (PLEIS-NB): youthjusticenb.ca/english
Answers to common questions that youth have about the law in New Brunswick, as well as educational games and videos.
Justice pour les jeunes - Service public d’éducation et d’information juridiques du Nouveau-Brunswick (SPEIJ-NB): youthjusticenb.ca/french
Vous pouviez consultez ce site web de Nouveau-Brunswick qui offre aux jeunes une ressource en ligne compréhensible sur la loi. Ici vous pourriez jouer des jeux éducationnelles et regarder des vidéos qui vous enseignerez la loi.
Public Legal Information Association of NL (PLIAN): publiclegalinfo.com
Answers to common questions about the law in Newfoundland with a section specific to youth. You can call the “Legal Information Line” (not just for youth) for legal information over the phone.
Legal Services - Northwest Territories Department of Justice: justice.gov.nt.ca/en/browse/legal-services
Answers to common questions about the law in the Northwest Territories.
Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia: legalinfo.org
Answers to common questions about the law in Nova Scotia with a section specific to youth.
Public Legal Education - Legal Services Board of Nunavut: nulas.ca/en/public-legal-education
Answers to common questions about the law in Nunavut.
Representative for Children and Youth: rcynu.ca
Works one-on-one with a child or youth, listening and helping the young person address his or her concerns.
Legal Information for Youth - Community Legal Information Association of Prince Edward Island (CLIA PEI): cliapei.ca/youth/content/page/front_home
Answers to common questions about the law in PEI with a section specific to youth. You can call CLIA for help if you cannot find the information you are looking for.
L’espace jeunesse - Éducaloi: educaloi.qc.ca/jeunesse L’espace jeunesse d’ Éducaloi est plein d’information sur les lois québécoises qui impactes les enfants et les adolescents.
Youth Zone - Éducaloi: educaloi.qc.ca/en/youth
Answers to common questions that youth have about the law in Quebec and a list of support organizations.
The Public Legal Education Association of Saskatchewan (PLEA): plea.org
Answers to common questions about the law in Saskatchewan with a section specific to youth.
Yukon Public Legal Education Association (YPLEA): yplea.com
Answers to common questions about the law in the Yukon. You can call the “Law Line” (not just for youth) if you would like an answer to your legal question.
Not all provinces/territories offer these services, unfortunately. If you don’t see your province/territory listed here, contact one of the above organizations and ask if there is an organization you can call that offers free confidential legal advice for youth under 18.
British Columbia legalrightsforyouth.ca
Fredericton, New Brunswick frederictonlegaladviceclinic.ca
Prince Edward Island cliapei.ca/youth/content/page/front_home
PLEA doesn’t give legal advice but can tell you about different options for getting legal advice
Once you go to your board or district’s website, you can see a list of all the trustees or members, and then find out which trustee or member represents your area, or school. You may also be able to find their contact information to contact them by phone or email. If not, you can call the general number of the school board and ask for the contact information directly.
Alberta School Boards Association: asba.ab.ca/about-asba/people/school-boards
Band Operated Schools in Alberta: education.alberta.ca/media/3402139/bandoperatedschoolsinab.pdf
School/District Contacts Map: bced.gov.bc.ca/schools/bcmap.htm
Independent School Authorities (Private schools): bced.gov.bc.ca/apps/imcl/imclWeb/IndSchoolAuthority.do
Manitoba School Divisions and Districts: edu.gov.mb.ca/k12/schools/schooldivmap.html
School Directory: nbed.nb.ca/schooldirectory
School Districts: ed.gov.nl.ca/edu/k12/schoolsdistricts/districts.html
NWT Teachers’ Association Interactive Map: nwtta.nt.ca/interactive-map
Schools and Regional Centres for Education: ednet.ns.ca/our-schools-regional-centres-education
In March 2018, Nova Scotia voted to get rid of the school board system for all of its English language schools. Once the transition fully takes place, the province will run the schools directly. The Conseil scolaire acadien provincial will still exist.
District Education Authority: gov.nu.ca/education/information/district-education-authority
Find a School or School Board: edu.gov.on.ca/eng/sbinfo/
Public Schools Branch: edu.princeedwardisland.ca/psb/
La Commission scolaire de langue française: https://cslfipe.wordpress.com/
PEI no longer has different school boards. It has something like a school board that is run by the government directly – one for the English-language schools, and one for the French-language schools.
Commissions scolaires: fcsq.qc.ca/commissions-scolaires/
English School Boards Association School Boards: qesba.qc.ca/en/school-boards
School Councils: education.gov.yk.ca/councils.html
Alberta Law Enforcement Review Board:solgps.alberta.ca/boards_commissions/law_enforcement_review_board/Pages/default.aspx
Alberta Serious Integrated Response Team (ASIRT): solgps.alberta.ca/programs_and_services/public_security/ASIRT/Pages/default.aspx
Calgary Police Commission: calgarypolicecommission.ca
Edmonton Police Commission: edmontonpolicecommission.com
Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner: opcc.bc.ca
Independent Investigation Office: iiobc.ca
Manitoba Law Enforcement Review Agency (LERA): gov.mb.ca/justice/lera
Manitoba Independent Investigation Unit: iiumanitoba.ca/
New Brunswick Police Commission: https://www.nbpolicecommission.ca
Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Public Complaints Commission: justice.gov.nl.ca/rncpcc
Nova Scotia Office of the Police Complaints Commissioner: gov.ns.ca/opcc/annualReports.htm
Nova Scotia Serious Incident Response Team: sirt.novascotia.ca
Special Investigations Unit: siu.on.ca
Ontario Office of the Independent Police Review: oiprd.on.ca
Ontario Civilian Commission on Police Services: slasto.gov.on.ca
Office of the Police Commissioner: policecommissioner.pe.ca
Police Ethics Commissioner: deontologie-policiere.gouv.qc.ca/accueil
Saskatchewan Public Complaints Commission: saskatchewan.ca/government/government-structure/boards-commissions-and-agencies/saskatchewan-public-complaints-commission
Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP (CPC): cpc-cpp.gc.ca
Canadian Military Police Complaints Commission (MPCC): mpcc-cppm.gc.ca
Check out this excellent resource at Advocates for Youth: advocatesforyouth.org/topics-issues/organizational-development/251-working-with-the-media
Find your Member of Parliament at the Parliament of Canada website: ourcommons.ca/Parliamentarians/en/members
A free, anonymous and confidential helpline for youth between the ages of 5 and 20 - Call 24/7: 1-800-668-6868. You can chat with a live counsellor online from Wednesday - Sunday, 6 pm - 2 am EST at kidshelpphone.ca.
Free national telephone crisis intervention and counselling support for First Nations and Inuit. Help can be reached toll-free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 1-855-242-3310.
A space where youth can get information, resources and tools to manage stress, crisis and mental health related problems. mindyourmind.ca
A good list of resources for all sorts of questions related to mental health - mentalhealthfirstaid.ca/en/faqs-resources/resources
Mental health information addressing the needs of youth (ages 12 to 25 years), families, educators, health providers, policy makers and others. teenmentalhealth.org