Using this site

This is the website of Legal Aid BC, a non-profit organization mandated by the provincial government to provide legal aid in British Columbia, Canada.

The site is organized so that you can navigate by the type of information you are looking for or the type of legal issue you have. On the homepage, click the links in the the right sidebar or the icons in the centre of the page to find what you need.

To navigate from anywhere on the site, choose from the drop-down menus that appear at the top of the screen under Services, Lawyers, About us, and Contact us. For more options, click the Legal Aid BC logo in the top left-hand corner of any screen to return to the homepage.

The buttons at the bottom of the screen will also help you navigate from anywhere on the site: Home, Using this site, Site map, Contact us, Careers.

If you’re on the Resources page, the tabs in the middle of the screen expand to reveal more information. In the right corner of each tab, click the down arrow to open the box and click the up arrow to collapse it again.

The site also features a Search tool in the top right corner of the screen. It searches this site as well as other Legal Aid BC websites.

All links to external websites open in a new window on your screen. To return to the Legal Aid BC site, close the new window by clicking the X in the top right of your screen.

Using Adobe Acrobat PDF files

The resources and many other materials on this website are posted as Portable Document Format (PDF) files. PDF files are compact and download quickly. They open in a new window on your screen. All PDFs open and print easily from both PC and Mac computers. The pages you print from PDF files will look almost the same as they do on screen.

To view PDFs, you need Adobe Acrobat Reader, which you can download for free from the Adobe website. The software is self-installing; just double-click on the installer file. Depending on your computer, Adobe Acrobat Reader may take awhile to download, but you will only have to do this once.

Many of our PDFs are made with bookmarks (a content list on the left-hand side of the page that lets you link to different sections in the PDF). Some of the multilingual PDF files on this site contain English bookmarks. To open these bookmarks, click on the Bookmarks tab, which you’ll find along the left-hand side of the PDF.

To report a technical problem with this website, email