Legal and financial help

  1. Legislation related to MVAR
  2. Alberta Courts' Civil Enforcement Procedure Manual This link opens in a new window
  3. Alberta Justice website:
  4. Legal referrals.
  5. Search laws online using the Alberta Queen's Printer  (viewing online is free; paper versions for a fee)
  6. Credit counseling services.

Legal referrals

Legal Services in Alberta

Alberta Dial-a-Law This link opens in a new window Telephone Info Service offers taped practical legal information. For Calgary residents, call 403-234-9022. Elsewhere in Alberta, call toll-free 1-800-332-1091.

  • Dial-a-Law is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week from a touch-tone phone. 
  • Operator assisted (in English only) from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. 
  • Some recordings are in Polish, Spanish, Punjabi, Vietnamese and Cantonese. 
  • Operated by Calgary Legal Guidance and in part funded by Alberta Law Foundations.

Lawyer Referral Service is a province-wide service for people who can afford to pay a lawyer but need help finding one who can meet their particular needs. The service, operated by the Law Society of Alberta, provides you with the names of three lawyers in your area. You can make an appointment with one of them and receive an initial half-hour consultation at no cost. In Calgary, call 403-228-1722. Elsewhere in Alberta, call toll-free 1-800-661-1095.

Legal Aid Alberta This link opens in a new window provides legal help to people who cannot afford a lawyer. The Society has offices throughout the province: in Calgary, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Whitecourt, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Peace River, Red Deer, St. Paul and Wetaskiwin.

Student Legal Assistance This link opens in a new window at the University of Calgary offers legal help to people with low incomes. Phone 403-220-6637 in Calgary.

Student Legal Services This link opens in a new window at the University of Alberta offers legal help to people with low incomes. In Edmonton phone 780-492-2226.

Calgary Legal Guidance This link opens in a new window gives legal advice and assistance to people with low incomes who do not qualify for Legal Aid. Phone 403-234-9266 in Calgary.

Civil offices telephone numbers

For information pertaining to Civil matters, please call your local Court office:

Calgary 403-297-7217   403-297-7374
Camrose 780-679-1240 780-679-1253
Drumheller 403-820-1700 403-823-0073
Edmonton 780-427-1289 780-427-4348
Fort McMurray 780-743-7195 780-743-7395
Fort Saskatchewan 780-998-1200 780-998-7222
Grande Prairie 780-538-5360  780-538-5454

Civil Claims Video

This video was designed to help you represent yourself in court. Approximately 20 minutes long, the video uses common types of courtroom disputes to explain the kinds of evidence you may need for your case and how to organize and present that evidence to the Judge.  The civil claims video is located on the website of the Canadian Bar Association This link opens in a new window.

Credit counseling services

Credit Counseling Services of Alberta (CCSA)

Credit Counseling Services of Alberta This link opens in a new window (CCSA) is a not-for-profit organization that offers free, confidential debt counseling and debt repayment programs.  CCSA's debt counselors have specialized knowledge in family financial management and consumer debt handling strategies. They will work with you to develop the best solution based on your individual circumstances.

CCSA provides the following services:

  • free information over the telephone;
  • free workshops on debt-management strategies;
  • brochures and information sheets on credit and debt issues;
  • a consumer repayment program called Orderly Payment of Debts;
  • information on how to prepare a repayment plan to present to creditors (or they can prepare the plan for you for a small fee); and
  • referrals to other agencies and services.

CCSA contact information:

Credit Counseling Services of Alberta (CCSA)
Calgary: 403-265-2201
Edmonton: 780-423-5265
Toll-free in Alberta: 1-888-294-0076 This link opens in a new window

Service Alberta's advice on Debt Management

Bankruptcy Canada's advice on Alternatives to Bankruptcy 

There are alternatives to bankruptcy available to you, such as Consumer Proposal, Debt Management Plan and Debt Settlement.  Detailed information and instructions can be found on the Bankruptcy Canada This link opens in a new window website.