LAO responds to GTA clinic transformation project concerns

Posted: Thursday, August 7, 2014

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is funding the GTA Legal Clinic Transformation Project, but the participating Greater Toronto Area legal clinics are leading it. The project aims to reduce administrative costs and re-invest the savings into direct client services. The project also aims to enhance services and access points in areas in most urgent need, given demographic changes in the GTA.

The Board of Kensington-Bellwoods Community Legal Services voted to participate in the $400,000 project. The clinic signed a Memorandum of Understanding clearly outlining the project’s goals in the spring of 2013. GTA clinics continue to move forward with the transformation project.


“Legal Aid Ontario and legal clinics must adjust to demographic shifts and changing needs in the Greater Toronto Area in order to better serve low-income people in their communities. We need to align our catchment areas with the needs of today’s GTA to serve clients in the best possible way.”
Jayne Mallin
Legal Aid Ontario Senior Counsel, Clinic Transformation

Quick facts

  • LAO funds 76 community and specialty legal clinics throughout the province.
  • LAO invests $67 million a year to fund these clinics.
  • The community legal clinics provide legal help for low-income people with issues that involve basic needs, such as access to housing, health care and education.

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