LAO invests an additional $3 million in community and legal clinics
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is investing additional provincial funding of $3 million in 2013/14 to create two new funds that support Ontario’s community and legal aid clinics. This support includes:
$2 million to create a Fund to Strengthen the Capacity of Community and Legal Clinics, which will achieve the objectives of Ontario’s 2013 budget and
$1 million to create a Clinic Transformation Fund that will advance LAO’s clinic modernization program through clinic transformation and future savings.
This $3 million is 30 per cent of the $10 million in additional funding LAO is receiving from the government for 2013/14, as announced in the May 2013 budget. LAO has drafted a proposed eligibility criteria, based on the following agreement between LAO and the Ministry of the Attorney General: Principles for use of this funding. Over the next few weeks, the ACLCO will be contact clinics to request feedback on LAO’s proposed criteria. LAO will notify clinics when the final version and application forms are available.
In addition to this $3 million, for 2013/14, LAO is also providing Ontario’s clinics with:
$67.8 million in core funding and
$4.15 million in special project funding to upgrade aging information technology infrastructure including desktops, laptops, monitors, and Microsoft Office Exchange. This support comes from a $3.25 million grant from the Law Foundation of Ontario, plus $900,000 from LAO’s own funding allocation.
LAO will invest the remaining 70 per cent of the new funding in family law initiatives.
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