Our Legal Advocates provide support for issues involving poverty and family law.

NOTICE: Share Poverty Law Program Intake Closure 2020 - please read

Thank you for contacting the Poverty Law Advocate at SHARE Family and Community Services.  This is a long message with resources that can help you at the end. Please be patient and read/listen to the full message.

Please note that the SHARE Legal Advocate program is only available to people who live in the Tri-City area, which includes Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore, and Belcarra. 

Due to the demand for services, we are not accepting any new service requests until the beginning of November. If you are a potential new client and leave a message now, we anticipate being able to call you back in November. We apologize we are not available sooner.  

Other services for you to consider include: 

  • If you need help with Income Assistance or have questions about ministry assistance, please call the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction at 1.866.866.0800. 

  • The Employment and Assistance Office in Port Coquitlam is open Monday, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9 am-4 pm. Their office is located at B-100 2099 Lougheed Highway, Port Coquitlam.

  • If you need assistance with PWD and CPPD applications, reconsiderations and appeals, please call the Disability Alliance of BC at (604) 875-0188. 

  • If you need help with tenancy issues, please call the Tenant Resource and Advisory Centre (TRAC) at (604) 255-0546. 

  • If you need help with a BC Housing Application, please visit www.bchousing.org to download the application.

  • The Poverty Law Advocate is not able to assist with BC Housing Applications or help in the search for a rental unit.

  • If you need assistance with a Residential Tenancy Branch Hearing, please call the Tenant Resource and Advisory Centre (TRAC) at (604) 255-0546. 

  • The Poverty Law Advocate is not able to assist with the Residential Tenancy Branch Hearing.  

  • If you need assistance with the Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security, and the Guaranteed Income Supplement, please call Canada Pension Plan at 1-800-227-9914. 

*Please note that Statutory Holidays may affect the times and days that these offices are open*

Free legal Poverty Law Advocacy services for low-income individuals and families in the Tri-City area

The poverty law advocate assists with applications and reviews for income assistance, Persons with Disability, Canada Pension Plan as well as advocacy for landlord/tenant disputes. This program is funded by the United Way of the Lower Mainland.

Contact Information

Legal AdvocacyHow to get more information: 604.937.6982

Location: 2615 Clarke St., Port Moody

Office hours:
Tuesday - Friday: 9:00 – 4:00pm *office hours vary

Who qualifies: Low income individuals and families residing in the Tri-Cities.

Program Resources and Templates

  1. Legal Advocacy Program Referral Form

  2. If you are looking for help outside of office hours, or the advocate is unavailable, please refer to the following phone numbers:
    • For help with income assistance: Call the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction at 1 866-866-0800
    • For assistance with Persons With Disabilities (PWD) and Canada Pension Plan Disability (CPPD) applications or reconsiderations and appeals please call the Disability Alliance of BC at (604) 872-1278
    • For assistance with a tenancy issue please call TRAC at (604) 255-0546 or the Residential Tenancy Branch at (604) 660-1020
NOTICE: Share Family Law Advocacy Program Intake Closure 2020 - please read

Thank you for contacting the Family Law Advocate at SHARE Family and Community Services. This is a long message with resources that can help you at the end. Please be patient and read/listen to the full message.

Please note that the SHARE Legal Advocate program is only available to people who live in the Tri-City area, which includes Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore, and Belcarra.

Due to demand for services, we are not accepting any new service requests until December, 2020. If you are a potential new client and leave a message now we anticipate being able to call you back later in December. We apologize we are not available sooner.  

Other services for you to consider include:

If you are in urgent need of help please contact the following resources as needed:

  • If you have received threats of violence, are otherwise in danger, or fear for your safety or the safety of your children, please contact emergency services immediately:
    • Dial 911 for Police, Fire, or Ambulance (open 24 hours/day, 7 days/week)
  • If you are in crisis, and need to speak with someone about your situation, please call the Fraser Health Crisis Line:
    • Fraser Health Crisis Line: 1 877-820-7444 (open 24 hours/day, 7 days/week)
  • If you are fleeing violence, or are in need of emergency housing, please call BC 211 for help

Family Law Resources:

  • If you need legal advice for a family law matter, please contact the Family Law Line.
    • Family Law Line:
      • Greater Vancouver: 604-408-2172
      • Toll-Free Line: 1-866-577-2525
  • If you need help creating a separation agreement, please contact the Port Coquitlam Family Justice Centre:
    • Port Coquitlam Family Justice Centre: 604-927-2217
  • If you are facing an urgent and serious family matter, and cannot afford a lawyer, or if the Ministry of Children and Family Development is investigating your family regarding a child protection concern, please contact Legal Services Society of BC to apply for Legal Aid.
    • Legal Aid Greater Vancouver Area Application Line: 604.408.2172
    • Toll-Free Line: 1-866-577-2525

Housing Resources & COVID-19 Income Supports:

Free legal Family Law advocacy services for low-income individuals and families in the Tri-City area

Legal AdvocacyThe family law advocate provides information, and assistance navigating family law matters including: separation/divorce, guardianship, parenting time, child or spousal support, and child protection matters. Family law advocate also supports clients with applications and appeals for legal aid, and referrals to relevant services. This program is funded by the United Way of the Lower Mainland.

Contact Information

How to get more information: 604.936.3900

Location: 2615 Clarke St., Port Moody

Office hours: Advocate is available Monday to Friday, *office hours vary

Who qualifies: Low income individuals and families residing in the Tri-Cities.

Program Resources and Templates

  1. Legal Advocacy Program Referral Form

  2. If you are looking for help outside of office hours, or the advocate is unavailable, please refer to the following phone numbers:
    • If you are experiencing family violence and are in need of immediate help, please call 9-1-1
    • If MCFD has expressed concern about a child in your care, please call Legal Services Society of BC to apply for Legal Aid: 604.408.2172 or 1-866-577-2525
    • For more information about family law, and step-by-step guides for various family law matters, please Click Here.