Legal Advocacy Program


Burnaby Community Services provides legal information and assistance to residents of Burnaby living with low incomes, mental or physical disabilities or experiencing difficulties accessing legal services. We can help with issues in the following areas:

  • Tenancy
  • Income entitlements, including welfare (income assistance), PWD (disability assistance), OAS (old age security), GIS (guaranteed income supplement), CPP (Canada pension plan), EI (employment insurance), and criminal injury compensation
  • Debt and consumer rights
  • Elder law
  • Obtaining ID
  • Ombudsman complaints
  • Employment standards
  • Access to information and privacy
  • Police and security complaints
  • Legal aid applications
  • Administrative appeals and tribunals
  • Public legal education

Tax Preparation

Volunteers assist with preparation of income taxes. During the tax season (March to April), we offer a tax clinic by appointment.

Form Filing

Volunteers assist with form completion by appointment.

This is done for Federal Government programs such as eligibility and assistance with applications for pensions (CPP, OAS, GIS), and Provincial Government benefits and entitlements, such as eligibility and assistance with applications for programs such as bus passes, MSP, and Fair PharmaCare cards.

For more information, please contact: