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Legal Aid

Legal Protection Program

As determined by a referendum in the Spring 2020 Term, the GSA-UW is offering a new Legal Protection Program through Studentcare.

Through a partner law firm, full-time and part-time UWaterloo graduate students have access to a legal assistance helpline that allows them to consult a lawyer for any legal question.

The legal assistance helpline provides quick access to legal counselling on any area of law.

Toll-free legal assistance helpline: 1-833-202-4571

Legal Representation

A lawyer will take charge of proceedings related to the following areas of law:

1. Housing Disputes
2. Employment Disputes
3. Disputes with an Academic Institution

Legal representation includes fees of lawyers or bailiffs, legal expenses (court fees, attendance fees, witness expenses, etc.), and expert fees.

Toll-free legal assistance helpline: 1-833-202-4571

*NEW PILOT PROGRAM* Virtual Commissioning & Notarizing Services

As part of your Legal Protection Program you can arrange for a virtual meeting for commissioning or notarizing services. They’re included in the Program at no extra cost for a limited time only—take advantage of them now for:

  • Lost, stolen, or damaged passport declarations
  • Replacement of birth certificate request for out-of-province
  • Affidavit for name change application
  • Court documents
  • Insurance loss declarations
  • Execution/authentication of international documents
  • Sponsorship letters
  • Power of attorney
  • And more!
This service is provided on Wednesdays. You can call the toll-free legal assistance helpline to place a service request anytime during Studentcare’s regular business hours from Monday to Friday.

Toll-free legal assistance helpline: 1-833-202-4571

Opt-In/Opt-Out

Opt ins/opt outs for  Legal Protection Program are managed by Studentcare. More information about their opt out program can be found on their website. To opt in to the Legal Protection Program, visit the Studentcare website for their self enrollment program.

Full-time and part-time UWaterloo graduate students may opt out of the Legal Protection Program and receive a refund for this portion of the Plan without providing proof of alternative coverage. All UWaterloo graduate students who have paid service fees for the Winter 2022 term but wish to opt out, must do so during the Winter Change-of-Coverage Period from January 5 – 25, 2022. Enrolments cannot be processed after the deadline.

Questions

For more information and questions regarding the new legal protection program, please contact Studentcare. 

  • StudentCare website
  • Studentcare On-campus Office
    Health Services Building, Room 1006
    University of Waterloo Main Campus
  • Mobile App (download)

Last Updated: August 17, 2022

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