Legal Advocacy – English

Law Advocacy for People on Low Incomes

Our  program  offers  information  and  assistance  for women  and  men  in  the  South  Okanagan  & Similkameen. Services are confidential and at no cost.
Tenant’s Rights:

  • Have you been given an eviction notice?
  • Is your landlord refusing to do repairs or return your damage deposit?

Welfare:

  • Do you need help applying for income assistance?
  • When to apply? How do I get immediate help with food, shelter or emergency medical needs ?

People with Disabilities:

  • Eligibility and applications for provincial and federal disability  benefits;  appeals,  reconsiderations  and tribunals.

Employment Insurance (Service Canada):

  • Eligibility for medical and other benefits.

Employment Standards:

  • Have you been fired without just cause, or not received money owed to you?

WCB (WorkSafeBC):

  • Have you been injured at work and need assistance with your claim?

Small Claims, Debt & Human Rights Complaints

We have skilled advocates who will listen, explain your legal rights and assist you to ask for what you need from a  government agency,  doctor, landlord or even a neighbour. We can help you make applications, assist you with forms, plan an appeal, accompany or represent you at a hearing and make referrals to other agencies.

If you have questions about your rights or feel your rights have been violated our advocates may be able to help.

Speaking up for yourself or having an advocate help you find your voice is important for everyone. We seek to empower women and men to ask for and receive what they  need  from  government  agencies and the community.

Our program also focuses on providing services and outreach to the ethnic minority groups , immigrant and Aboriginal  communities.

Service Agreement

Advocates and clients will treat each other with dignity and honesty, speak respectfully, be on time and contact each other as soon as possible if appointments need to be rescheduled. Strict confidentiality will be maintained as per our agency’s Statement of Understanding.

Comments from our clients

“I wouldn’t have been able to do this without the help of the advocate.”
“The advocate helped me to feel more confident”

Contact Us:
Phone 250 493 6822
Toll Free 1866 493 6822

Drop-in Hours 1-4pm Monday – Thursday
(By appointment if possible)

#209 – 304 Martin Street
(2nd  floor & wheelchair accessible)
Penticton, B.C. V2A 5K4
Fax 250 493 6827
Email advocacy@pawc.ca

Funding for this program is provided by Law Foundation of BC, BC  Gaming Commission and individual and corporate donations.