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New coverage for PRRA hearing preparation and attendance

Published December 4, 2019

Following Bill C-97 amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act that now require mandatory hearings in some pre-removal risk assessments, LAO will now cover all clients with a PRRA certificate who are scheduled for a PRRA hearing.

AODA Training (Free EDI CPD Credit)

Published November 20, 2019

In addition to Legal Aid Ontario’s own commitment to accessibility, LAO is required by law to be compliant with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

Regional changes

Published October 3, 2019

We have recently moved to a new District structure that very closely matches the Ontario Court of Justice (OCJ) judicial districts, except for the North where we now have one District while the OCJ has two. This results in our total number of districts having been reduced from 10 to 6. The objective of the…

LAO updates processes for Refugee Protection Division hearing coverage

Published October 3, 2019

Further to LAO’s August announcement restoring immigration and refugee services, starting September 23, 2019, RPD hearing preparation authorizations for most claims will again be available after a claim has been referred to the Immigration and Refugee Board and when lawyers need to begin preparation work. The requirement for a hearing to be scheduled will no longer…

Reminder: Changes to LAO policies and certificate coverage in criminal, family and mental health law, effective June 12, June 26 and July 7, 2019

Published July 4, 2019

Further to our June announcement on certificate coverage changes, please be reminded that we have made the following changes to the certificate program. Effective date: June 12, 2019 LAO will no longer pay acknowledgement fees for accepting certificates issued on or after this date. June 26, 2019 LAO will no longer pay an appearance fee…

Duty counsel service changes effective July 7

Published June 18, 2019

Effective July 7, there will be key changes to duty counsel responsibilities. In making these changes, LAO was guided by the following principles: prioritize LAO resources and services to our clients with the highest risk provide services to LAO clients that are legally and financially eligible establish a framework for consistent services continuously monitor, measure and…

Updated: LAO changes to policies and certificate coverage

Published June 12, 2019

LAO is changing the way we fund, provide and manage legal services. Our priority remains to provide quality frontline service to our clients, while regularly reviewing our programs to better and more efficiently deliver them. We are updating the following certificate policies and programs in stages, and will provide more detailed information to the relevant…

LAO providing limited refugee law services through staff offices

Published May 15, 2019

Legal Aid Ontario’s refugee law offices in Toronto, Hamilton and Ottawa are working under new case selection criteria, designed to serve the clients most in need. The refugee law offices in these locations will assist financially eligible clients with: refugee appeal matters judicial review matters refugee and immigration services for particularly vulnerable clients As these…


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