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The details on Legal Aid Ontario’s new financial eligibility guidelines

Posted: Friday, October 31, 2014


This is an archived post. For the most up-to-date guidelines, please visit the eligibility page.

On Nov. 1, 2014, LAO will implement the first of three annual six per cent financial eligibility increases for all the certificate and duty counsel services it provides.

The 76 community legal clinics funded by LAO will also see their financial eligibility guidelines rise Nov. 1, 2014. LAO will be working with representatives from the clinics, including the ACLCO, to determine the best and most efficient way to make these funds accessible to front line clinic services, as soon as possible.


The new financial thresholds

Certificates

The financial threshold for a single applicant without dependents will rise from the current $10,800 in gross annual income to:

  • $11,448 in gross annual income starting Nov. 1 2014
  • $12,135 in gross annual income starting April 1, 2015
  • $12,863 in gross annual income starting April 1, 2016

Duty counsel

The financial threshold for a single applicant without dependents will rise from the current $18,000 in gross annual income to:

  • $19,080 in gross annual income starting Nov. 1, 2014
  • $20,225 in gross annual income starting April 1, 2015
  • $21,438 in gross annual income starting April 1, 2016

As a result of these increases, between now and April 1, 2016, the number of low-income Ontarians eligible for legal aid certificates is expected to increase from 1,010,000 to 1.4 million. Within three years, an additional 385,000 low-income Ontarians who are not eligible today will be able to receive LAO certificates for their family, mental health, criminal or refugee matter.


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Questions

Feroneh Neil
Manager, Communications
Phone: 416-979-2352, ext.5103
Email: neilfer@lao.on.ca and/or media@lao.on.ca