Stratford

Schedule of Services

On-Site Mediation

Tuesday 9:00am – 4:00pm 

Mandatory Information Program

Friday twice a month 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Information and Referral Coordination

Wednesday 9:00am – 4:00pm

For more information, please contact us at: 1-888-796-0483 Ext 702

Email:  stratford@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

 

STRATFORD COMMUNITY RESOURCES 

 

Addiction Services

 

Alcoholics Anonymous – Stratford and Perth County 

519-603-2264 or 1-800-706-9833 (24 hr)

www.centralwest3district4aa.org 

 

Al-Anon – Stratford and Perth County

1-888-425-2666 

www.al-anon.org

 

CMHA Thames Valley Addiction and Mental Health Services

519-668-0624

www.cmhatv.ca

 

Choices for Change 

1-877-218-0077 or 519-271-6730

www.choicesforchange.ca

 

Connex Ontario Health Services Information

Call:  1-866-531-2600 

Text:  247247

Live web chat:  https://www.connexontario.ca/Chat

 

Alternative dispute resolution services 

 

The Family Mediation Centre

519-673-1219 

1-888-796-0483 Ext. 702

www.mediationcentre.com

 

Collaborative Family Lawyers

www.collabfamilylaw.com

 

Training/Education/Employment Services

 

Partners in Employment – Stratford

519-272-1946 

www.partnersinemployment.on.ca

 

The Centre for Employment and Learning in Night School

519-271-4896

www.thecentreforemploymentandlearning.ca

 

Leads Employment Services

1-866-955-3237 

www.leadsservices.com

 

ABL Employment

519-340-0464 

www.ablemployment.com

 

Transportation

 

Transit – City of Stratford

519-217-0250

https://www.stratford.ca/en/live-here/transit.aspx

 

PC Connect – Perth County + Stratford + St. Mary’s

Community Transit System

1-888-465-0783 or 519-271-0531

https://www.perthcounty.ca/en/living-here/community-transportation—perth-county-and-stratford.aspx#

 

Counselling and Support Services

 

Family Services – Perth –Huron

519-271-1020 or 1-800-268-0903

www.familyservicesperth-huron.ca

 

Victim Services Bruce Grey Perth

519-271-9998 or 1-866-376-9852 

www.victim-services.com

 

CMHA Huron Perth Addiction and Mental Health Services

519-273-1391 or 519-271-6730

www.cmhahuronperth.com

 

Enforcement of Court Orders

 

The Family Responsibility Office 

1-416-326-1817 or toll free: 1-800-267-4330

https://www.ontario.ca/page/paying-and-receiving-child-and-spousal-support

 

Help Lines

 

Huron-Perth Helpline and Crisis Response Team

1-888-829-7484

 

Victim Services Bruce Grey Perth

Crisis Line: 1-866-376-9852

 

First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line

1-855-242-3310

Online chat: www.hopeforwellness.ca

 

Mental Health Helpline – ConnexOntario

1-866-531-2600

www.connexontario.ca

 

Ontario 211

www.211ontario.ca

 

Assaulted Women’s Hotline

416-863-0511 or 1-866-863-0511

Online Chat: www.awhl.org/online-chat

 

Kids Help Phone

www.kidshelpphone.ca

1.800.668.6868

 

Kids Help Phone Crisis Text Line

Text CONNECT to 686868

www.crisistextline.ca

 

Victim Services Helpline

1-866-887-0015 – male survivor support

1-886-863-0511 – assaulted women’s support

www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca

 

Fem’aide: Francophone Helpline For Women

1-877-336-2433 

www.femaide.ca

 

Multilingual Victim Support Line

1-888-579-2888

www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca

 

Talk4Healing – Indigenous Women Support Line

1-855-554-4325

 

Shelters

 

Optimism Place Women’s Shelter and Support Services

24 Hour Crisis Line 519-271-5550

Toll Free Line 1-800-265-8598

Regular office Hours 519-271-5310

www.optimismplace.com 

 

Huron-Perth Safe Homes for Youth

1-800-361-1640 or 519-235-0433

 

Stratford / Perth Shelter Link – Youth 16-24

519-272-2294

 

Huron Women’s Shelter

519-524-5333 or 1-800-265-5506 (crisis line)

www.huronwomensshelter.com

 

Connection Centre – Drop-in Centre

9 Douro Street, Stratford

226-921-1025

 

Supervised Access Centre

 

The Emily Murphy Centre

519-273-7350 or 1-888-826-8117

www.emilymurphycentre.com

 

Supervised Access & Visitation Exchange Huron Perth

519-508-6101

 

Finance

 

WK Financial Planning

208 Ontario Street, Stratford

519-273-7377 

 

Monteith Financial Services

519-801-8528

 

MNP Ltd – Licensed Insolvency Trustee 

61 Lorne Ave E, Unit 1B, Stratford

519-272-0000

 

 

Mental Health Services

 

CMHA Huron Perth Addiction and Mental Health Services

519-273-1391 or 519-271-6730

www.cmhahuronperth.com

 

Huron-Perth Centre – Family Counsellor 

63 Lorne Avenue East 

519-273-3373

 

Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance – Stratford General Hospital

Inpatient Mental Health Services 519-272-8210 x 2479

Outpatient Mental Health Services (counselling) 519-272-8210 x 2570 

 

Choices for Change: Alcohol, Drug and Gambling Counselling Centre

Festival Square Building

10 Downie Street, 3rd Floor, Stratford

519-271-6730 

 

Legal Resources

 

Legal Aid Ontario 

1-800-668-8258

www.legalaid.on.ca

 

Stratford Duty Counsel

519-273-8120

 

Family Law Information Centre – Perth County 

100 St. Patrick Street

Stratford Ontario N5A 7W1 

1-888-796-0483 x 702

 

Huron-Perth Community Legal Clinic 

59 Lorne Avenue East

Stratford Ontario N5A 6S4 

519-271-4556 

 

Law Society of Ontario – Lawyer Referral Services

Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen Street West, Toronto Ontario M5H 2N6

1-855-947-5255 

https://lsrs.lso.ca/lsrs/welcome

 

Ministry of the Attorney General – Victim Services of Huron County

544 Huron Street, Stratford Ontario N5A 5T9

1-866-376-9852 or 519-271-9998

 

CMHA – Huron Perth Addiction and Mental Health Services 

Court Support

540 Huron Street, Stratford Ontario N5A 5T9 

519-273-1391

 

Child Protection Services

 

Huron-Perth Children’s Aid Society – Stratford Office

639 Lorne Avenue East, Stratford Ontario N5A 6S4

519-271-5290 (24hr) – 1-800-668-5094

www.h-pcas.ca

 

Family Services Perth-Huron

142 Waterloo Street S, Stratford Ontario N5A 4B4 

519-273-1020 – 1-800-268-0903

www.familyservicesperth-huron.ca

 

Children and Youth 

 

Huron-Perth Centre for Children and Youth – Perth County

63 Lorne Avenue East, Unit 2A, Stratford Ontario N5A 6S4 

Stratford: 519-273-3373 x 2221 Text: 519-719-2350

Listowel: 519-291-1088 x 4221  Text:  519-719-3766

1-877-596-6626

1-888-829-7484 (crisis response)

www.hpcentre.on.ca

 

TVCC (formerly Thames Valley Children’s Centre)

779 Base Line Rd E London, Ontario  N6C 5Y6

519-685-8700

 

Child and Parent Resource Institute 

600 Sanatorium Road, London Ontario N6H 3W7 

1-877-494-2774

 

SmallTalk 

46 General Hospital Drive, Stratford Ontario N5A 2Y6 

519-272-8216 or 1-866-333-7716

 

 

LGBTQ2+ Support

 

LGBTQ2+

 Youth Line

1-800-268-9688 

Text:  647-694-4275

Live chat: www.youthline.ca

 

PFLAG Canada

Waterloo-Wellington-Perth Chapter

1-888-530-6777 x 605

www.pflagcanada.ca

 

Food Banks 

 

The Local Community Food Centre 

612 Erie Street, Stratford Ontario

519-508-3663 

 

Stratford House of Blessing

423 Erie Street, Stratford Ontario

519-273-3433

 

Salvation Army 

230 Lightbourne Avenue, Stratford Ontario

519-271-2950

 

Saint Vincent de Paul

519-271-6722

96 Huron Street, Stratford

 

 

Indigenous Support

 

OFIFC – Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres

416-956-7575

 

N’Amerind (London) Friendship Centre Inc.

519-672-0131

Court House: 419-432-4104