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Legal Aid Ontario welcomes increased financial eligibility

Posted: Monday, July 14, 2014

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) welcomes the government’s move to significantly increase the financial eligibility threshold for legal aid services. This major new investment will allow an additional one million low-income Ontarians to qualify for legal aid services over the next several years. This is important news for the many vulnerable low-income people who may require legal aid assistance to deal with a serious legal matter.


“Thanks to higher financial eligibility thresholds for legal aid, more low-income people will have access to justice. This new investment will make the courts work more efficiently by reducing the number of self-represented litigants in the judicial system - this is good news for all Ontarians.”

John McCamus, Chair of Board, Legal Aid Ontario

Quick facts

  • LAO’s financial eligibility threshold hasn’t changed since 1996.
  • Currently, about half of Ontarians living under the national poverty line are not eligible for legal aid.
  • Legal Aid Ontario is an independent agency of the Ontario government.

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