Online Legal Resources

There are a variety of online resources to help you access the information that would be helpful in resolving your family law matter.

The Canadian Legal Information Institute, CanLII’s website is recognized as the largest online resource providing free access to case law and legal documents from Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments for both legal professionals and the public. It provides access to court judgments from all Canadian courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada, federal courts, and the courts in all Canada’s provinces and territories and is an essential component of the legal information system in Canada. 

National Self-Represented Litigants Project
The National Self-Represented Litigants Project aims to continue to generate energy and motivation towards serious contemplation of system change, reflecting the findings of the Research Study written by Dr. Julie Macfarlane. NSRLP is committed to collaboration to enhance the responsiveness of the Canadian justice system to SRLs, and to continuing dialogue among the stakeholders who include SRLs, lawyers, judges and court services staff. The website has great resources specifically designed to help people who are representing themselves.


Community Legal Clinic
The Community Legal Clinic, located in Red Deer, serves much of rural and remote parts of Alberta in a broad range of legal topics, including family law, supporting individuals who do not qualify for Legal Aid Alberta’s services but cannot otherwise afford a lawyer, or are met with barriers in accessing justice. Services may include provision of legal information, advice, and on a case-by-case basis, the limited-scope retainer services of a staff lawyer, and virtually all services can be provided through remote means.

Alberta Justice – Family Law Assistance
The province of Alberta’s section of the website which provides information on Family court and mediation, and information on how to respond to a Divorce Act or Family Law Act application. You can also find family law kits which are a list of forms for individuals dealing with family law matters. 

Alberta Law Libraries
Alberta Law Libraries is a provincial network of law libraries existing to provide research support and information services to the legal community, self-represented litigants and all Albertans. Libraries are located in courthouses and provincial building across the province and are open to the public. Access to legal reference assistance and Alberta Law Libraries’ collections is available to all Albertans.

Association des juristes d‘expression française de l‘Alberta
The Association des juristes d'expression française de l'Alberta (AJEFA – French-speaking Legal Professionals Association of Alberta) is a non-profit organization that was created in 1990 to promote access to justice in French in Alberta.
Calgary Legal Guidance
Calgary Legal Guidance offers free legal information and advice to individuals who are experiencing financial hardship and do not qualify for Legal Aid. They can help with a wide range of issues including, family law issues. 

Centre for Public Legal Education of Alberta (CPLEA)
CPLEA is dedicated to making law understandable for all Albertans and their website has information about many areas of law including Family Law.

Pro Bono Law Alberta
Pro Bono Law Alberta (PBLA) is a nonprofit charitable organization that promotes access to justice in Alberta by creating and promoting opportunities for lawyers to provide pro bono (free) legal services to persons of limited means.

University of Alberta Law Library
This guide is a starting point for individuals seeking legal information and self-help materials they can use on their own. It identifies a number of law-related resources and services on the web.

Association des Juristes d’expression francaise de L’Alberta
The mission of the AJEFA is to facilitate public access to legal services in French and to promote the use of the French language in the administration of justice in Alberta.

Edmonton Community Legal Centre
The Edmonton Community Legal Centre offers free legal information and advice to low to moderate income individuals within the Edmonton area who cannot afford a lawyer. Public legal education sessions are also available on a wide range of family law topics, such as: guardianship, parenting, access, child support, spousal or partner support, property division; or restraining and protection orders.

British Columbia

Access Pro Bono
Access Pro Bono is a small charitable organization of dedicated directors and staff who rely on the goodwill of thousands of volunteers to provide access to justice in every BC community.

British Columbia Law Institute
The BC Law Institute is a non-for-profit law reform agency that works to improve and modernize the law.

Courts of BC

The Courts of BC website provides information and resources relevant to the three levels of court in the province; the Provincial Court, the Supreme Court, and the Court of Appeal. The BC Superior Courts consist of the BC Court of Appeal and the BC Supreme Court.  Appeals from the Court of Appeal go to the Supreme Court of Canada, located in Ottawa. The Federal Court of AppealFederal Court, and Tax Court of Canada also have jurisdiction in BC.

Clicklaw provides legal information, education and help for British Columbians with the goal of enhancing access to justice in the province. Over 24 organizations have contributed to this website  aimed directly to serve the general public when going through a legal issue.
Family Law in BC
Family Law in BC is a legal information website that provides free public legal information and resources which covers a range of family law issues. It includes self-help guides, fact sheets, current family law information and resources, and links to useful related sites. The website is maintained by Legal Aid BC which is a non-profit organization committed to helping British Columbians resolve their legal issues.
Justice Education Society of BC
The Justice Education Society creates innovative programs and resources that improve legal capability and increase access to justice. To serve a diverse range of clients, stakeholders and funders, the Society operates three distinct programs: the BC Program, the Digital Program and the International Program.

People’s Law School
People's Law School is a non-profit society in British Columbia, dedicated to making the law accessible to everyone. They provide free education and information to help people effectively deal with the legal problems of daily life.