Clinic modernization 2020 open

New framework for the delivery of legal aid services by community legal clinics

Overview

With the passing of the Legal Aid Services Act, 2020, LAO must implement a clear framework for the delivery of legal aid services by community legal clinics serving communities throughout Ontario. The new framework is an important part of LAO’s Modernization Project, which aims to update and modernize Ontario’s legal aid system and allow LAO to be more responsive to community needs.

The new framework must align with LAO’s accountabilities under:

  • The Legal Aid Services Act, 2020
  • The Transfer Payment Accountability Directive (TPAD)
  • The recommendations of the Auditor General of Ontario’s Value for Money Audit of LAO (2018)


Read consultation paper
Detailed overview of the first stage of this project

Read consultation slide deck
High-level overview of the first stage of the project

Read consultation questions
Consultation areas and questions

Questions and answers
Updated: Sept. 8, 2020

Purpose of consultation

We are looking for feedback from our justice partners to help us establish a new framework for LAO’s oversight of the delivery of legal aid services by community legal clinics.

Consultation timeline

The work on the new framework will be divided into two stages. The first priority (stage 1) is to work on the framework elements that have specific timelines established by the amendments to the existing legislation (e.g. agreements ending on April 1, 2021) and that must be in place for the Legal Aid Services Act, 2020 to come into force.

Stage 1: The focus will be on the following elements of the framework:

  • LAO Board Rules and policies
  • A new process to determine services to be provided by clinics (to replace the funding application)
  • LAO-clinic agreement

Adaptation and refinement of the elements above is expected to continue after the new legislation comes into force.

Stage 2: A second stage of work, developing a new approach to allocating funding to communities, will take place at a later date, after LASA 2020 comes into force. (Not part of the current consultation)

This current consultation is a part of stage 1, and will be divided into three phases:

Graphic showing the three phases. Phase 1 is new framework overview & principles. Phase 2 is draft framework elements: draft rules and policies, draft new agreement, draft new process to determine services (funding application). Phase 3 is roll out final documents and supports/aids for clinics' implementation by April 1, 2021.

Stage 1 timelines: consultations for all three phases will run from August 17, 2020 to March 31, 2021.

Update


Clinic modernization: consultation and engagement update
October 20, 2020

Consultation Date

Starts: August 17, 2020 at 12:00am

Ends: March 31, 2021 at 12:00am