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News

Retired judge MaryJo Nolan takes on mediator role in Windsor
Monday, January 12

Annual poll: LAO clients rate LAO services positively
Tuesday, January 6

LAO Chair John McCamus's year-in-review interview with Law Times
Monday, December 29

Blog

LGBTQ2 youth homelessness
Tue, 27 Jan 2015
We have known about the issue of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer, questioning, and two-Spirit (LGBTQ2) youth homelessness in Canada for over twenty ...

Make the term ‘honour based violence’ irrelevant
Wed, 14 Jan 2015
Alia Hogben is the Executive Director of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women. The Quran is clear that the burying of live infant girls ...

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LAO board approves new refugee and immigration panel standards
Thursday, January 8

Update: Fixing Legal Aid Online access issues
Tuesday, December 23

We’ve upgraded Legal Aid Online; please make sure your browser is compatible
Wednesday, December 17

Legal Aid Online

Lawyers and legal office staff can submit accounts and view their status on the secure Legal Aid Online website.

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We’re resolving all concerns about Legal Aid Online raised during extensive consultations with stakeholders in 2013.
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LAO's strategic directions

Aboriginal Justice Strategy

Mental Health Justice Strategy

Clinic Transformation

News

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association and Partners Present a Discussion of Mental Health in the Justice System, in Recognition of International Prisoners’ Justice Day
Mental health strategy | July 16, 2014

Legal aid clinics

Legal Aid Ontario funds 76 community legal clinics throughout the province. Thirteen of these clinics provide specialty legal services.
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Clinic strategy

Clinic transformation

The GTA Clinic Transformation Project is based on recommendations in the discussion document Refining the delivery of client-centred poverty law, developed by six community legal clinics in Toronto.

News

LAO responds to GTA clinic transformation project concerns
Thursday, August 7



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