St.Thomas

Schedule of Services

On-Site Mediation

Friday 9:30am – 3:30pm

Mandatory Information Program

Monday twice a month 9:30am – 11:30am

Information and Referral Coordination

Monday & Friday 9:00am – 1:00pm

For more information, please contact us at 1-888-796-0483 Ext 701

Email: stthomas@mediationsouth.com

Community Resources and Services Information


LEGAL RESOURCES   

 

Legal Aid Ontario 

If you cannot afford a lawyer, you may be eligible for legal assistance from Legal Aid Ontario, which serves low-income Ontarians. For most services, a client must be financially eligible. Legal Aid Ontario provide a number of family law services, including duty counsel and advice lawyers, a Family Law Service Centre and if appropriate, a certificate to hire a lawyer. To find out more about what service are available call: 1-800-668-8258 or online at: https://www.legalaid.on.ca/

 

Lawyer Referral Services  

If you wish to retain a lawyer, you may contact the Lawyer Referral Service, operated by the Upper Law Society. The service will provide you with a name of a lawyer in your area who practices family law. That lawyer will provide you a half-hour free consultation. The referral service has evolved into an on-line service. To receive an immediate referral, go to: www.findlegalhelp.ca or call 1-855-947-5255.

 

Free Legal Information & Referrals

Legal Line is a Federal not-for-profit organization providing Free easy-to-understand legal information in over 2,100 topics, covering 48 major areas of law. Information covers Federal, Provincial and Territorial laws, and is available in 107 languages. Those who need further help are referred to experts — lawyers, paralegals, government offices, and other professionals. For more information, go to: https://www.legalline.ca/

 

Limited Scope Practicing Lawyers

If you would like to receive legal advice at an hourly rate avoiding a retainer fee, you can try Limited Scope Practicing Lawyers. You can find a list of lawyers within your area that offer this service at – http://www.familylawlss.ca

 

The Office of The Children’s Lawyer 

The Office of the Children’s Lawyer is a law office in the Ministry of the Attorney General which delivers programs in the administration of justice on behalf of children with respect to their personal and property rights.  Lawyers within the office represent children in various areas of law including child custody and access disputes, child protection proceedings and civil litigation. Clinical investigators prepare reports for the court in custody/access proceedings and may assist lawyers who are representing children in such matters. To learn more about the services offered by the Office of the Children’s Lawyer call: (416) 314-8000 or find online at: www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/about/artcl/fjsd_ocl.php

 

Complaints about a Lawyer  

Matters relating to the legal profession are within the responsibility of the Law Society of Upper Canada. If you are concerned about the conduct of a lawyer, you can call: 416-947-3315 or 1-800-668-7380 or go online to: www.lsuc.on.ca/with.aspx?id=644

 You may also put your complaint in writing to the following address:  

Complaints Services 

The Law Society of Upper Canada 

Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen Street West  

Toronto, Ontario  

M5H 2N6  

 

LEGAL INFORMATION

 

Steps to Justice / CLEO Community Legal Education Ontario

Step-by-step information about legal problems. Reliable, practical, and easy to understand. 

CLEO is an online resource project dedicates to providing legal information intended to help in understanding legal rights. For more information go to: www.cleo.on.ca

 

Use CLEO’s free online interviews to fill out legal forms, draft letters, and identify your next steps. The Guided Pathways ask you questions and then use your answers to fill in the forms and letters you need. When you are done, you can save and print your papers.

www.stepstojustice.ca/guided-pathways

 

FLEW – Family Law Education for Women  

The Family Law Education for Women’s website is a public legal education project funded by the Government of Ontario to assist women in understanding their family law rights. The website provides a variety of online publications intended to address the particular needs and vulnerabilities of women new to Canada (including immigrant, refugee and non-status women) and can be found at: www.onefamilylaw.ca

 

Family Law information Centre (FLIC)  

The FLIC assists in meeting the individual needs of clients, particularly clients who are not represented by a lawyer and are entering the family court system for the first time. At the FLIC there is an Information and a Referral Coordinator who will assist you to find and connect with services you are looking for within your community. Advice Lawyers, who provide summary legal advice are also available at the FLIC.  

The FLIC provides publications and guides to family procedures, including the publication “What You Should Know About Family Law in Ontario” which contains a section specific to domestic violence issues. The publication is available in English, French, Arabic, Chinese-Simplifies and traditional, Somali, Spanish, Tamil and Urdu and is on-line at www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/family/famlawbro.php

 

Ministry of the Attorney General Website  

You can find information about separation and divorce, support, custody, access, family mediation and court processes and procedures on the Ministry of the Attorney General website. Choose your preferred language, then click on ‘Family Justice’ for general information as well as a link to the federal government’s website and other sources of information can all be found at: www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca

 

Department of Justice Canada

You can find helpful information about family law issues including how to calculate child support and parenting plan guidelines on this website: https://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/fl-df/

 

My Support Calculator 

Free online child and spousal support calculator. Also provides helpful information on support and other family law related issues and a searchable list of family law professionals in your area. www.mysupportcalculator.ca

 

Ontario Court Forms Website  

You can obtain and fill in many of the court forms you need in a family law case on the Ontario Court Forms website. On the site, there is Ontario Court Forms Assistant, which is an online tool that will guide you through the completion of six of the most commonly used family forms. Access to all of the forms and assistance tool can be found at: www.ontariocourtforms.on.ca

 

DAWN – Disabled Women’s Network  

DAWN Canada is a community outreach program dedicated to advancing the equality rights of women living with a disability. The DAWN website has various education and informational materials. For more information go to: https://www.dawncanada.net

 

ST THOMAS COMMUNITY RESOURCES

 

Addiction Services

 

Annex
321 Talbot St

226-896- 0080

www.theannexcentre.ca

 

Addiction Services of Thames Valley

519-673-3242

www.adstv.on.ca

 

Al-A Teen and Al-Anon London & Area

519-457-9393 (Local Answering Service)

www.london-on-al-anon.org

 

ConnexOntario 

Access to Addiction, Mental Health, and Problem Gambling Services

1-866-531-2600

www.connexontario.ca/en-ca/

 

St. Thomas and Area AA

519-633-0430 (24 hr Help Line)

https://aastthomasarea.org/

 

Alternative Dispute Resolution Services

 

The Family Mediation Centre

St. Thomas, ON

519-631-4810 x1149

1-88-796-0483 x701

www.mediationcentre.com

 

Ontario Association for Family Mediation

www.oafm.on.ca

 

ADR Institution Ontario

www.adrontario.ca

Ontario Collaborative Law Federation

www.oclf.ca

 

Training / Education / Employment Services

 

Thames Valley District School Board

519-452-2000

www.tvdsb.on.ca

 

Adult and Continuing Education

519-631-0231 

 

London District Catholic School Board

519-663-2088

 

Balaclava Street Adult and Alternative Education Centre 

20 Balaclava Street, St. Thomas, ON

519-631-0231

 

YWCA St Thomas – Elgin Skills Training and Upgrading  – Literacy and Basic Skills 

519-631-9800

 

Fanshawe College – St Thomas/Elgin Regional Campus – Academic Upgrading/GED preparation 

519-637-9876

 

Fanshawe College – St Thomas/Elgin Regional Campus – Literacy and Basic Skills 

519-637-9876

 

Contact North – St Thomas 

1-855-451-7516

 

Employment Services Elgin

519-631-5470

 

Service Canada Centre – St Thomas

TTY #:1-800-926-9105

 

Aylmer Community Services 

25 Centre Street, Aylmer, ON

519-765-2082

 

Mennonite Community Services – EO Employment Services- Alymer

226-210-6800

 

Fanshawe Career & Employment Services Elgin – Aylmer Community Services 

226-210-6800 Text – 226-210-0956

 

Canada. Employment and Social Development Canada 

Job Bank www.jobbank.gc.ca

 

Leads Employment Services – Ontario Employment Assistance Services 

519-439-0352

 

Transportation

City of St. Thomas Transit  

519- 631-0001

www.stthomas.ca/living_here/transit_system

 

Cox Cabs

519-631-1800

 

Redline Taxi

519-631-1200

 

Counselling and Supportive Services

 

Canadian Mental Health Association

519- 633-1781 

 

Central Community Health Association

519-633-7989

 

Big Brothers/ Big Sisters of St. Thomas

519-633-3830

 

Elgin St. Thomas Health Unit

519-631-9900

 

Community Care Access Centre

519-631-9907

 

Mennonite Community Services- Aylmer Resource Centre

519-765-3020

 

Victim Witness Assistance Program

519-633-1920

 

Community Living Elgin

519-631-9222

 

East Elgin Family Health Team

519-773-3715 

 

Elgin Counselling and Mediation Centre Inc.

519-633-4423

 

Violence Against Women Services Elgin County

519-633-0155

24/7 Toll-Free # 1-800-265-4305

 

Victim Services Elgin

519-631-3182

 

Newcomer Settlement Services

519-631-9800

 

Canadian Centre for Men and Families 

 519-914-5702 

www.menandfamilies.org

 

Enforcement of Court Orders

 

The Family Responsibility Office

https://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/en/mcss/programs/familyResponsibility/

 

 

Help Lines

 

Mental Health Helpline

1.866.531.2600

 

Assault Women’s Help Line – Crisis Line

1-866-863-0511

www.awhl.org

 

Kids Help Line

1-800-668-6868

 

Fem’ aid (Assistance for French-Speaking Women)

Toll-Free # 1-877-336-2433

 

Assault Women’s Help Line

Crisis Line 1-866-863-0511

www.awhl.org

 

London Distress Centre Crisis Line

519-667-6711

 

Victim Support Line

Toll-Free 1-888-579-2888

 

Ontario Problem Gambling Helpline (OPGH)

www.opgh.on.ca

Toll-Free 1-888-230-3505

 

 

Shelters

 

Housing Street Outreach

519-633-1781 ext.210

www.cmhaelgin.ca/housing/

 

Access to Affordable Housing

519-631-9350 * choose option 3

www.housingconnections.ca

 

YWCA

519-631-9800

 

Fresh Start Support Services

519-637-7775

 

Inn St. Thomas Elgin (Mid October – End of March)

519-637-9898

 

Men’s Mission and Rehabilitation Centre

519-433-2807

www.missionservices.ca

 

St. Thomas Elgin Second Stage Housing

519-637-2288

 

Violence Against Women, Services Elgin County 

519-633-0155

 

Rotholme Women’s and Family Shelter

519-433-2807

www.missionservices.ca

 

YWCA- Women’s Residence

519-631-9800

 

Supervised Access Centres

 

Merrymount Supervised Access Programming

519-637-1667 

 

Finances

 

Canada Pension Plan

1-800-277-9914

 

Ontario Works

519-631-9350

 

McLay & Company Inc.- Trustee in Bankruptcy

1 -844-616-2529

 

Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) 

519-438-5111

 

Consolidated Credit Counselling Services of Canada

Toll-Free 1-844-402-3073

 

Credit Counselling Program- Family Services 

519-433-0159 ext 601 

TTY – 519-433-0183

 

Mental Health Services

 

REACH OUT

Phone-519-433-2023 or 1-866-933-2023

Text-519-433-2023

www.reachout247.ca

 

Canadian Mental Health Association

519- 633-1781 

 

Psychiatric Survivors Network

519-631-1580

 

Mental Health Helpline

1-866-531-2600

 

St. Joseph’s Regional Mental Health

519-646-6100 ext 44028

 

Legal Resources

 

Legal Aid Ontario

https://www.legalaid.on.ca/

 

Victim Crisis Assistance & Referral Services

519-631-3182

 

Citizenship and Immigration

Toll-Free 1-888-242-2100

Elgin Oxford Legal Clinic

519-633-2638

 

Family Law Information Centre

519-631-4810 ext.1149

4 Wellington Street, St. Thomas, ON 

 

Child Protection Services

 

Family and Children’s Services of St. Thomas and Elgin County

519-631-1492

Toll-Free # 1-800-260-6960

 

Children and Youth

 

Wellkin Child & Youth Mental Wellness

Suite 3-800 Talbot St.

St. Thomas, ON 

(519) 539-0463

 

Big Brothers/ Big Sisters of St. Thomas

519-633-3830

 

Ontario Early Years Centre

519-631-9496

 

Merrymount Children’s Services 

510-434-6848

 

Ignite Youth Centre 

519-631-8820

 

NEW YOUTH for Immigrant and refugee youth

www.newyouth.ca/en

 

LGBT2Q+ Support

 

St Thomas-Elgin Rainbow Alliance  

stthomaselginrainbowalliance@outlook.com 

www.stera.ca

 

Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line

 1-800-268-9688

 www.youthline.ca

 

Try- U (The Rainbow Youth Umbrella)

TRYULondon@gmail.com

 

Forest City Queerios

www.meetup.com/Forest-City-Queerios/

 

PFLAG Canada London  

519-686-7691

 

Open Closet (OC)

opencloset@hivaidsconnection.ca

 

Unitarian Fellowship of London

557 Clark Rd, London

519-451-0424

 www.unitarianfellowshipoflondon.org

 

 

 Food Banks

 

St. Thomas Elgin Food Bank

519-633-5308

Cell 519-878-3663

www.stthomaselginfoodbank.org

 

Port Stanley & Area Community Cupboard 

– 519-782-3122

 

Destination Church 

Stone Soup Meal 

519-207-267

 

St Paul’s United Church – Community Lunch

519-773-7152

 

Holy Angels Roman Catholic Parish 

Outreach Lunch

519-631-3052

 

East Elgin Community Assistance Program 

Corner Cupboard Food Bank

226-342-7716

 

Salvation Army (The)

105 Edward St, St Thomas, ON

Community and Family Services: 519-633-4509 

Thrift Store: 519-631-3206

 www.thesalvationarmystthomas.ca

 

The Grace Cafe – St Thomas – Street Mission and Soup Kitchen  

10 Queen St, St Thomas, ON

519-860-2513 

ginny@thegracecafe.ca

www.thegracecafe.ca

 

Indigenous Support

 

Hope for Wellness- counselling

 1-855-242-3310 Online Chat  

www.hopeforwellness.ca

 

N’Amerind Friendship Centre

(519) 672-0131

http://www.namerind.on.ca/

 

Nokee Kwe – The South London Employment Help Centre

1069 Wellington Road, London,ON

519-667-7088

 

Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre   

425-427 William St

London, ON 

519-672-4079

www.soahac.on.ca