Legal Aid Ontario welcomes government’s continued commitment to legal aid
Monday, April 27, 2015
Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) applauds the Government of Ontario’s commitment, in its recent budget announcement, to expand access to legal aid over the long term through annual raises to the income eligibility threshold. The first two scheduled income eligibility increases have already taken place, and they are available for all Legal Aid Ontario-funded services—certificates, duty counsel and community legal clinics.
When fully implemented, this support will allow over one million more people to qualify for legal aid services—more than doubling the number of low-income individuals with access to legal aid.
“This is good news for many of the people in Ontario who may require legal aid assistance to deal with a serious legal matter. Right now, many low income people earn too much to qualify for legal aid services, but too little to hire a lawyer. These new investments will help to address this problem. We congratulate the government and appreciate its continued commitment to clients living in poverty.”