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Refugee & immigration panel standards

Last updated December 23, 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 December 23, 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 December 23, 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…

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…

Refugee law services consultations

Last updated December 23, 2019

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 model in light of Bill C-31 and…

Refugee and Immigration Law Services: Service suspensions consultation

Last updated December 23, 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 December 2, 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…

Archive: Discretion Consultation (May 2012)

Last updated December 23, 2019

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 vulnerable clients, manage complex…

Clinic law services strategic direction

Last updated December 23, 2019

The paper, Clinic Law Services Strategic Direction, outlines the key objectives and principles that will underpin how the future of clinic law will be further developed to ensure the best possible client service in the most cost-effective ways. The paper outlines four overriding…


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