LAO pilots provision of refugee services at two legal aid clinics

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Starting July 22, 2013, Toronto’s Centre Francophone de Toronto and Rexdale Community Legal Clinic will provide legal aid services to refugees who do not have their own lawyers, as part of a one-year pilot agreement with Legal Aid Ontario.

This innovative community-based initiative is an important milestone in LAO’s efforts to diversify its refugee services model, support community-based client legal services and deliver cost-effective, efficient, quality legal representation.

Le Centre Francophone de Toronto is the hub for French-language services in the Toronto area. It will serve French-speaking refugee claimants from countries such as Burundi, Rwanda, and the Congo Republic. This hub also provides health, employment, settlement, mental health and cultural services.

Rexdale Community Legal Clinic, part of the Rexdale Community Hub, will provide supervised licensed paralegal services for refugee claimants (primarily from Nigeria, Somalia and Pakistan) living within its catchment area – the M9W, M9V, M9R, and M9P postal code areas. The Rexdale hub also provides health, social, legal, employment and cultural services.

Both clinics will:

  • prepare Basis of Claim (BoC) forms and file them with the Refugee Protection Division (RPD) of the Immigration and Refugee Board
  • prepare for and represent claimants at hearings of the RPD until the decision has been rendered


If you have any questions or require further information please contact:

Jawad Kassab,
Director Corporate Services, Planning & Strategic Initiatives