Posted on: July 19 /07
Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) today outlined a plan for the allocation of the $51 million over three years in new funding announced by the Provincial Government in the spring Budget to improve access to justice for low-income individuals in Ontario. The new funding will be used to increase front line services for women and children, many of whom live in situations of domestic violence, expand community legal clinic poverty law services, widen French language services, improve services for the Aboriginal community, and ensure private lawyers continue to accept legal aid clients.
"The government's new long-term investment of $51 million over three years in Legal Aid Ontario speaks directly to the needs of low-income families across Ontario and the legal practitioners who make these services available,"
The new funding will be allocated proportionately between all LAO services and programs to ensure the widest possible impact for increasing client services. The Provincial Government's new investment will provide:
"The government's three year investment in legal aid is an investment in people and strong communities and provides LAO with the stability to make long-term strategic planning decisions to ensure low income Ontarians have access to legal services," says John McCamus.
Legal Aid Ontario is an independent government funded agency established to administer a cost-effective and efficient system of providing high quality legal services for low-income Ontarians. Legal aid services are provided throughout Ontario by a network of 51 area offices and 79 community and specialized legal clinics. As well, duty counsel services are available in every courthouse in Ontario including 31 remote fly in locations.
For more information please refer to:
Ministry of the Attorney General: McGuinty Government Improves Legal Aid Services For Vulnerable Ontarians
Backgrounder: Provincial Government invests $51 million to improve Access to Justice for low-income Ontarians