Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO)

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CLEO has developed clear, accurate, and practical legal rights education and information to help people understand and exercise their legal rights since 1974. CLEO's work focuses on providing information to people who face barriers to accessing the justice system, including income, disability, literacy, and language. As a community legal clinic and part of Ontario's legal aid system, we work in partnership with other legal clinics and community organizations across the province.

CLEO's work includes:

Foundation of Resources for Teens (FORT) Youth Centre

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The FORT Youth Centre is a not-for-profit youth organization that provides free recreational programming and resource services to youth aged 11 to18 via their sites in Grimsby and Smithville. Their trained supervising staff are always present to provide guidance, mediate conflict, support youth during times of crisis or simply keep activities fun and interesting!

The services they provide include:

  • Emergency meals and clothing
  • Emergency shelter and housing support
  • Professional mental health counselling
  • Social services referral
  • Life skills workshops
  • In-house musical instruments and lessons
  • Homework help
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Job search and resume assistance
  • Field trips

Grimsby Benevolent Fund (GBF) Community Services

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GBF Community Services provides assistance to members of our community to meet their basic needs and to achieve self-sufficiency.

GBF's work includes:

  • Food bank; includes several meal programs and holiday hamper services
  • Housing assitance
  • Health support services
  • Community thrift store

GBF store

The store benefits the community in several ways.

  • First, profits directly fund the works of the GBF Community Services Client Services and Food Bank.
  • Second, the store provides low cost (and in many cases, free) clothing, furniture, and household products to those in need.
  • Third, the store creates an opportunity for people to participate in charitable works through their donations or volunteer services.


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InCommunities: Search this online database of thousands of community organizations and service listings. Find contact information and descriptions for almost every kind of resource in the Niagara Region. These include the following and more:

  • Disability services
  • Food banks
  • Employment and training
  • Health care
  • Immigration
  • Mental health and addictions
  • Palliative care
  • Family and children's services
  • Shelters and housing

Niagara Knowledge Exchange

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Niagara Knowledge Exchange: Hosted by Niagara Connects, you can access and exchange news and ideas on Niagara-focused planning, collaboration, learning, innovation and community action.

Niagara Community Legal Clinic

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Niagara Community Legal Clinic provides free legal services to low-income residents of the Niagara region including the communities of Welland, St. Catharines, Beamsville, Grimsby, Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the Lake, Port Colborne, Thorold, Fort Erie, and Crystal Beach.

Niagara Community Legal Clinic can:

  • give you free legal advice by telephone or in-person
  • prepare tribunal applications
  • represent you at tribunals and courts on a case-by-case basis, prepare appeals and judicial reviews, where merited
  • discuss your legal situation and give you information or refer you to other agencies when we can’t help

Parent Direct Niagara

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Parent Direct Niagara: Niagara's online parent directory helps parents find early learning and care programs, services and resources in Niagara.

Town of Grimsby

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The Town of Grimsby provides many daily services that residents and visitors rely on. Find information about:

  • Paying your water bill
  • Property taxes
  • Applications, licenses and permits
  • Snow removal
  • Zoning and by-laws
  • and more


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