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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 Ontarios community and legal aid clinics. This support includes:

LAOs budget commitment

additional funding of $30 million over three years [$10 million annually, beginning in 2013/14] will be provided to Legal Aid Ontario. This funding will improve access to justice and enhance outcomes for low-income families, victims of domestic violence and other vulnerable groups by strengthening the capacity of Family Law Service Centres and other community and legal clinics across Ontario to respond to evolving needs, and ensure services are sustainable.
— Government of Ontario Budget, May 3, 2013

  • $2 million to create a Fund to Strengthen the Capacity of Community and Legal Clinics, which will achieve the objectives of Ontarios 2013 budget and

  • $1 million to create a Clinic Transformation Fund that will advance LAOs 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 LAOs 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 Ontarios 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 LAOs own funding allocation.

LAO will invest the remaining 70 per cent of the new funding in family law initiatives.


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For questions or further information, please contact:

Kristian Justesen
Director, Communications and Stakeholder Relations Group
Phone: 416-979-2352, ext.4782
Email: justesk@lao.on.ca and/or media@lao.on.ca