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Response to questions about immigration/refugee costs

Friday, September 16, 2011

Legal Aid Ontario provided information to the Toronto Sun in response to an enquiry received August 23,2011

Q: How much does Legal Aid Ontario spend on immigration cases in Ontario and in Kingston?
Can LAO provide a breakdown of how this money is spent?
Is this an increase over last year and how much was last years?


Provincial costs for all direct client services
In 2009/10, Legal Aid Ontario spent approximately $290,200,000 on direct client services

$M

Criminal

Family

Refugee

Civil

Total

Certificate Program

$104.6

$51.8

$18.6

$6.0

$181.0

Duty Counsel

$20.0

$19.0

$0.0

$0.0

$39.0

Clinic

   

$1.6

$61.9

$63.5

Law Offices

$2.7

$1.0

$1.2

$1.8

$6.7

 

$127.3

$71.8

$21.4

$69.7

$290.2



Provincial costs for all refugee matters

Area

Amount spent

Refugee Protection Division

$16,019,940

Judicial review/Appeal to Federal Court

$1,761,650

Appeals Immigration/Application Division
(Immigration Refugee Board)

$369,552

Other immigration matters

$369,552

Total

$18,571,223



Costs for all refugee matters in Kingston
In 2009/10, Legal Aid Ontario issued 45 certificates costing $48,000 during that fiscal year.



Provincial costs for all direct clients services
In 2010/11, Legal Aid Ontarios expenditures for direct services for clients totalled approximately $297,300,000.

$M

Criminal

Family

Refugee

Civil

Total

Certificate Program

$103.9

$49.3

$18.8

$5.5

$177.5

Duty Counsel

$23.7

$20.0

$0.0

$0.0

$43.7

Clinic

   

$1.7

$66.8

$68.5

Law Offices

$4.2

$0.7

$1.2

$1.5

$7.6

 

$131.8

$70.0

$21.7

$73.8

$297.3



Provincial costs for all refugee matters

Area

Amount spent

Refugee Protection Division

$16,032,873

Judicial review/Appeal to Federal Court

$1,959,112

Appeals Immigration/Application Division
(Immigration Refugee Board)

$307,121

Other immigration matters

$467,932

Total

$18,767,038



Costs for all refugee matters in Kingston
In 2010/11, Legal Aid Ontario issued 40 certificates costing approximately $65,000, during that fiscal year.