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About BLAC

The Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC) is a new not-for-profit corporation set up under the laws of Ontario in 2017.

BLAC delivers legal aid services to low and no income Black Ontarians. We work to combat individual and systemic anti-Black racism by:

  • providing legal representation, summary legal advice and brief services to individual clients
  • engaging in test case litigation, law reform and community development to improve the laws that affect low income people
  • giving public legal information sessions to members of the public and other community agencies.

We can help clients by:

  • giving you legal advice
  • helping you fill out forms
  • representing you at some tribunals and courts
  • referring you to other agencies when we can’t help

All services are free to those who qualify. Clients may be required to pay expenses associated with their case if they are able.

Anti-Black Racism

Anti-Black Racism is defined here as policies and practices embedded within Canadian institutions that reflect and reinforce beliefs, attitudes, prejudice, stereotyping and discrimination that is directed at people of Black-African descent and is rooted in the unique history and experience of enslavement and colonization in Canada. (Anti-Racism Directorate, Ontario; Confronting Anti-Black Racism Unit, City of Toronto).

The term ‘Anti-Black Racism’ was first expressed by Dr. Akua Benjamin.