Legal Resources for BC Wildfires

We know that many people in BC have been affected by the ongoing wildfire situation. Natural disasters and other emergencies such as wildfires can lead to sudden and unexpected legal problems. These issues can cover a large variety of legal areas, such as housing, financial assistance and support, insurance claims, and more. This post gathers together some trusted resources that your patrons may find helpful if they have been affected by wildfires this summer.  

Legal Information Resources 
Legal Advice 

With the complex legal problems arising from the impacts of wildfires, your patrons may need legal advice. 

  • Legal Aid BC has a province-wide Call Centre providing legal representation and information services. Call 1-866-577-2525 (toll-free) or 604-408-2172 (Greater Vancouver) to ask for legal help. Eligibility criteria may apply. 
  • Access Pro Bono provides free legal advice to those impacted by the wildfires. Call 1-877-762-6664 or fill out their online form. Eligibility criteria may apply. 
  • Use the Clicklaw HelpMap or PovNet’s Find an Advocate tool to locate legal help in a specific area. For communities directly affected by wildfires, it may be best to contact these organizations directly to see if their service hours have been impacted.  

All these links have been gathered together in a new Clicklaw Common Question, available here: Where can I get help with legal problems caused by wildfires in BC? 

Clicklaw Common Questions are a good place to start when searching for legal information, as they provide a brief summary of the legal problem, links to starting points in your searching, and a list of places to go for legal help. 

Remember, you can also get in touch with our reference librarians if you need help in the moment. Our toll-free number and reference email service are staffed Monday through Friday, 9-4, excepting holidays.  

Toll-free number: 1-800-665-2570