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LAO establishes permanent funding for refugee appeals

Friday, July 24, 2015

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is helping more refugees by dedicating permanent funding for eligible clients to pursue an appeal through the Refugee Appeal Division (RAD).

Now, refugees whose claims have been denied at the Refugee Protection Division and who are eligible to appeal, can apply for legal aid in order to launch their appeal. LAO will pay up to 16 hours for the preparation of the RAD written submissions. As well, in the rare case that the RAD calls for an oral hearing, LAO will pay up to four hours plus the time spent attending the Immigration Refugee Board (IRB).

Previously, RAD appeals were funded only as a pilot project. This new and permanent RAD funding is made possible through provincial government funding from its July 2014 budget.

Earlier this year, LAO announced other enhancements to assist refugees including coverage changes to humanitarian and compassionate applications, stays and deferrals.

Further enhancements in services to refugee and immigration clients are forthcoming.


Jawad A. Kassab - LLB, MDiv, MBA
Director RLO, Executive Lead, Refugee and Immigration Services GTA
Legal Aid Ontario
Telephone: (416) 979-1446 x4705
Fax: (416) 979-2948