For refugee and immigration lawyers
Concurrent refugee/immigration service coverage
Legal Aid Ontario has begun interim measures to reduce its immigration and refugee programming effective April 16, 2019. The content on this website may not be up‑to‑date and should be used for information purposes only.
LAO will fund, where there is merit, multiple refugee and/or immigration services at the same time, based on the recommendation of LAO staff experienced in refugee and immigration law.
How your clients can request concurrent coverage
Clients can contact the Client Service Centre (CSC) to apply for legal aid coverage for two concurrent refugee and/or immigration services. LAO staff will base their decision on whether:
- the failure to support both matters concurrently could deprive someone of a legal remedy for one matter
- the failure to pursue two matters concurrently could result in the loss of someone’s legal right(s) due to lack of clarity in the law(s)
- the chance of success in one matter significantly depends on concurrently pursuing another matter.
How you can request concurrent coverage
Lawyers with a certificate for one refugee and/or immigration service who are seeking concurrent coverage for another, or who are seeking coverage for two services for the same client, can fax: