Data set: Race-based data for legal aid certificates
As part of its commitment to better serve its clients, Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) began in 2018 to ask its clients to voluntarily indicate if they self-identified as part of a racialized group and, if so, how they identified themselves.
Over the past two years, 85 per cent of our clients have indicated their willingness to answer to these questions. What we learned from the data in these early stages helped inform LAO in the final phases of LAO’s Racialized Communities Strategy (RCS) and its final report and action plan. A similar self-identification question for Indigenous people is also assisting LAO’s Aboriginal Justice Strategy as it is currently working on its final report.
LAO is currently one of the only organizations in the justice system in Ontario that collects race-based data on its clients.
|File||Format||Data type||Data last refreshed|
|2019-2021 Certificates Issued by LAO district and race-based category||XLSX||Table||February 2023|
|2018-2019 Certificates Issued by LAO District and race-based category||XLSX||Table||July, 2020|
July 17, 2020: The new data and information contains a more detailed breakdown of the ‘Asian’ category. Individuals previously included in an aggregated ‘Asian’ category will now be included in one of the following aggregated categories: Asian–East, Asian–South‑East, Asian– South, or Multi‑racial.