Upcoming Consultations

LAO support for clinic leasing and leasehold improvement

Last updated August 27, 2019

LAO has released a discussion paper that proposes to fund clinics’ annual leasing and leasehold improvement costs based on the 2013 Ministry of Infrastructure Realty Policy space standards. This is a new funding model for clinic lease and leasehold improvement costs, and…

Past Consultations

Refugee & immigration panel standards

Last updated April 4, 2019

LAO’s board has approved new general and appellate standards. Documents General standard Last updated: May 2015 General standard for Refugee Protection Division and Immigration Appeal Division work, as well as detention reviews and applications for humanitarian and…

Racialized Communities Strategy consultation 2017/18

Last updated April 5, 2019

Overview Since 2016, Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) has been meeting with legal aid applicants and clients, lawyers, community legal clinics and other community agencies to talk about issues faced by racialized communities when trying to get the legal services they need. Key documents…

Mental Health Appeals Program consultations

Last updated April 4, 2019

Individuals in the mental health system are a particularly vulnerable group. As part of Legal Aid Ontario’s Mental Health Strategy, a program will be introduced to expand the availability of certificates and hours for appeals from decisions of the Consent and Capacity Board…

Archive: Discretion Consultation (May 2012)

Last updated April 4, 2019

Click here to download image. Discretion Consultation Discretion is a compensation tool that allows Legal Aid Ontario to approve, in exceptional circumstances, lawyers’ written requests for additional compensation above the hourly tariff rate. Lawyers who represent…

Refugee law services consultations

Last updated April 4, 2019

Click here to download image. Refugee law services transformation feedback – February 2013 Between Feb. 21 and Mar. 11, 2013, LAO is asking the refugee bar and stakeholders for their feedback on its proposed new refugee law services delivery model. LAO developed this new…

Refugee and Immigration Law Services: Service suspensions consultation

Last updated April 4, 2019

Overview Between May 23 and June 16, 2017, Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) held a series of in-person and online consultations sessions to address the possible need to temporarily suspend some refugee services. LAO asked for feedback and ideas on what the organization could do to achieve…

Open government consultation

Last updated April 5, 2019

A discussion paper “Open Government at Legal Aid Ontario: Promoting transparency and accountability in Ontario’s justice system” was released publicly by LAO in April 2016. The purpose of this consultation paper was to promote Ontario’s open government…

Domestic Violence Strategy

Last updated April 4, 2019

Overview: LAO has committed to developing a multi-year, multi-faceted, province-wide domestic violence strategy that will build upon the services and supports that LAO already has in place. The strategy will enable LAO to: better identify and prioritize the complex intersecting…

LAO’s Executive Compensation Framework

Last updated March 28, 2019

As a requirement under the Broader Public Sector Executive Compensation Act, 2014 (BPSEC), Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is developing an Executive Compensation Framework. The BPSEC establishes requirements that designated public sector employers must meet when setting executive…


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