Community legal aid clinics

Legal Aid Ontario's 2018/19 clinic and SLASS funding expansion plan

To most effectively balance the different legal aid clinic/student legal aid services societies (SLASS) priorities in 2018/19 and beyond, and to build on the investment made since 2014/15, Legal Aid Ontario is investing an additional $7.3 million in 2018/19. This investment is being made through four different programs:

  1. $700,000 in additional annual funding to expand family law services at Ontario's SLASS

  2. $585,000 in additional annual funding for increased clinic central support costs as a result of financial eligibility:

    1. clinic and SLASS interpretation and translation fund
    2. clinic legal disbursement fund
    3. clinic learning and training
    4. errors and omissions insurance for LAO-funded clinic employees
    5. clinic employee assistance program (EAP) - Lifeworks
  3. $1.05 million of additional annual funding to create a fund to expand services provided by existing specialty and ethno‑linguistic clinics

  4. And $4.9 million of additional annual funding to invest in general service clinics in the communities with the fewest resources per low-income person, while expanding services in communities in every region in Ontario

While it is not possible for the new 2018/19 clinic base funding increase to meet the unmet legal aid needs of all Ontario communities, Legal Aid Ontario is committed to ensuring that clinics in every region of Ontario receive funding to support those most in need in in each region.

Legal Aid Ontario designed the plan so that as many clinics and low-income communities as possible across all of Ontario will benefit from clinic service expansion funding.

Funding allocation for community legal aid clinics

Clinic name Funding allocation
Algoma Community Legal Clinic $71,590
Chatham-Kent Legal Clinic $27,938
Community Advocacy & Legal Centre $61,270
Community Legal Clinic Brant, Haldimand, Norfolk $69,977
Community Legal Clinic Simcoe, Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes $176,142
Community Legal Clinic of York Region $493,384
Community Legal Services - Ottawa $295,413
Downsview Community Legal Services $123,483
Durham Community Legal Clinic $267,166
Elgin-Oxford Legal Clinic $40,967
Flemingdon Community Legal Services $114,073
Grey Bruce Community Legal Clinic $33,189
Halton Community Legal Services $141,222
Hamilton Community Legal Clinic $148,717
Jane-Finch Community Legal Services $83,937
Justice Niagara (formerly Community Legal services of Niagara South) $34,809
Kensington-Bellwoods Community Legal Services $46,384
Kingston Community Legal Clinic $37,766
Kinna-aweya Legal Clinic $139,759
Lake Country Community Legal Clinic $27,801
Legal Assistance of Windsor $113,035
Legal Clinic of Guelph and Wellington County $39,169
Mississauga Community Legal Services $366,495
Neighbourhood Legal Services $34,462
Neighbourhood Legal Services (London & Middlesex) $163,964
Niagara North Community Legal Assistance $85,629
Nipissing Community Legal Clinic $67,837
North Peel & Dufferin Community Legal Services $352,543
Northwest Community Legal Clinic $65,652
Peterborough Community Legal Centre $38,450
Rexdale Community Legal Clinic $56,925
Scarborough Community Legal Services $235,959
South Etobicoke Community Legal Services $51,211
Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry Legal Clinic $37,519
Sudbury Community Legal Clinic $117,717
The Legal Clinic $43,490
Timmins-Temaskaming Community Legal Clinic $56,958
Unison Health & Community Services $53,905
Waterloo Region Community Legal Services $152,920
West Scarborough Community Legal Services $138,916
West Toronto Community Legal Services $42,949
Willowdale Community Legal Services $115,699
Windsor-Essex Bilingual Legal Clinic $72,607
Total $4,938,998

Funding allocation for SLASS

Clinic name Funding allocation
Community and Legal Services Program (Osgoode) $100,000
Community Legal Aid (U of Windsor) $100,000
Community Legal Services (Western) $100,000
Downtown Legal Services (U of T) $100,000
Lakehead Student Legal Aid Clinic (Thunder Bay) $100,000
Queen's Law Students $100,000
University of Ottawa Community Legal Clinic $100,000
Total $700,000