General Legal Information Resources
LawCentral Alberta (available in English and French)
LawCentral Alberta is an electronic clearinghouse that brings together law-related services, information, and educational resources on justice and legal issues of interest to Albertans and Canadians. LawCentral Alberta is a service dedicated to making law and justice resources available to all Albertans in both official languages. Ongoing maintenance is funded by the Alberta Law Foundation.
Canadian Legal FAQs offers over 1,000 answers to frequently asked questions on more than 25 legal topics, including family law, criminal law, real estate, residential tenancies, wills and estates, abuse, and copyright. Information is provided on topics of provincial and national interest with some FAQs available in both official languages. Ongoing maintenance is funded by the Alberta Law Foundation.
LawNow is a free bi-monthly digital magazine that examines and analyses contemporary Canadian issues from the perspective of the law. It is a reliable source of information about Canada’s laws and legal processes and their relationship to life in Canada. The site features a searchable database of current and past issues. Subscribers are alerted to new issues through an email newsletter that highlights the topic and special report. Funded by the Alberta Law Foundation.
Housing Legal Information Resources
The Residential Tenancies Legal Information Program operates the Laws for Landlords and Tenants in Alberta website, which provides plain language information on renting law in Alberta. Staff also conduct presentations across the province on landlord and tenant rights, answer reference questions, and develop print resources. Funded by the Alberta Real Estate Foundation.
Specialized Legal Information Resources
WillowNet provides legal information for Albertans who are at-risk of or experiencing relationship abuse. Information has been tailored to meet the needs of immigrant women, members of the LGBTTQ community, men with abusive partners. It also includes information for concerned friends and family members, frontline service providers, and post-secondary students. Developed with a grant from Status of Women Canada.
The Older Adult Knowledge Network (OakNet) provides information for older adults on such issues as wills, personal directives and powers of attorney, personal and family relationships, abuse, and seniors’ housing. The website is currently undergoing an intensive redesign. The new website will be launched mid-2016. Funded by the Alberta Law Foundation.
This site supports Canadian charities in understanding their responsibilities under the law in the areas of tax donation receipting, fundraising, and record keeping. Charity Central also offers plain language resource materials and provides learning opportunities on accountability and transparency practices for registered charities and not-for-profit organizations. This resource was created with funding from the Canada Revenue Agency.
LawCentral Schools is designed for teachers and provides access to law-related resources as they relate to the Alberta curriculum.
Online version of a booklet created by Calgary Legal Guidance. Provides plain language legal information on a wide variety of legal issues impacting women.
Legal information for women who come to Canada to marry through an arranged marriage, matchmaking agency, or mail order bride service.
Reference & Referral
Staff respond to email and telephone queries from Albertans. Individuals are provided with links to information sources and/or referred to services that may be able to help.
CPLEA regularly produces plain language legal publications on a wide variety of legal topics for Albertans. All of our publications can be downloaded for free from our Publications Portal. Select publications may be ordered in print for a nominal charge.
Staff present legal information training sessions for frontline service providers and members of the general public. Our capacity to offer training is dependent on staffing and funding.
Last updated: November 2015