Getting Legal Aid

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Effective November 25th, 2010, NSLA Offices are now providing summary advice service in relation to issues in the following areas of law: Canada Pension Disability (CPP); Employment Insurance (EI); Income Assistance (IA); and, Residential Tenancies (RT). This is an initiative meant to assist qualified legal aid clients.  Individuals can contact their local office to make application for summary advice.

Yarmouth Walk-In Clinic
Effective Friday, September 20th, 2013, the Yarmouth Office of Nova Scotia Legal Aid will be hosting a Walk-In Clinic with respect to following issues:

  • Landlord/Tenant Disputes
  • Canada Pension Plan Applications and Appeals
  • Social Assistance Appeals
  • Housing:  Low Income Housing or Grant Applications
  • Employment Insurance Appeals

This initiative is aimed at giving advice to people in the Yarmouth coverage area who simply need a few questions answered with respect to a legal issue but cannot wait 3-4 weeks for an appointment. 

The Walk-In Clinic is scheduled to take place every third Friday of the month between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Service is on a first-come-first-served basis.  If interested in attending a Clinic, please call the Yarmouth Office at 742-7827 or toll-free at 1-866-742-3300 to obtain confirmation of the date(s) of the Clinics and to be advised what information/material is required from you at the time of your attendance.


Spryfield Legal Aid Office

Do you have questions or problems with CPP Disability, Income Assistance, Employment Insurance, Housing Grants, Landlord/Tenant relationships? An experienced lawyer will meet with you privately to discuss your problems and provide free legal service if needed.

If you have questions about family or child protection matters, you can also make use of this service by stopping into the office where the lawyer can also provide summary advice and assistance with applications for Legal Aid.

Effective February 14, 2014, Nova Scotia Legal Aid (NSLA) is offering legal aid services in Spryfield at the Chebucto Connections Office located at 531 Herring Cove Road. This service is available every Tuesday with the exception of every third Tuesday of the month.

To set up an appointment please call 902-420-3450 and ask for an appointment at the Spryfield Office. Nova Scotia Legal Aid will also accept walk-in clients.


The NSLA Youth Justice Office is providing youth social justice service in Spryfield at Chebucto Connections on the third Tuesday of every month from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Services are provided to youth on a drop-in and by appointment basis. Call 902-420-7800 to book an appointment, or for more information.

NSLA welcomes any youth seeking advice or assistance with issues such as school/school board issues, Department of Community Services (DCS) or youth ombudsman assistance, Protection of Property Act concerns, housing or income security or any other area where a youth thinks NSLA can help with information, advocacy or representation. There is no financial qualification for this summary service so anyone aged 12 to 18 is welcome to stop by and see how NSLA can help.

NSLA is also available to meet with full-service criminal clients who live in this community. 


These new services are part of Nova Scotia Legal Aid’s ongoing effort to connect with communities throughout Nova Scotia.

For more information, please visit the Eastern Chebucto Hub Organization (ECHO) website:

Eastern Chebucto Hub Organization (ECHO)


Sydney Office Designated as Bonjour! Office

Effective May 1, 2014, the Sydney Main Office (15 Dorchester Street, Suite 402) has been designated a Bonjour! Office for the purposes of providing summary advice only to applicants who request summary advice services in the French-language. The Bonjour! Program was developed by the Office of Acadian Affairs and the French-language Services Coordinating Committee as part of Nova Scotia’s commitment to its citizens to increase French-language services to the Acadian and francophone population. Please contact the Sydney Office for further details.