Legal Aid Ontario is a publicly funded organization, committed to transparency. If you require further information on LAO’s expenses and how your tax dollars are put to use, please feel free to contact us.
Memorandum of understanding
LAO operates within a framework of accountability arising from the laws that govern it, including the Legal Aid Services Act and the Human Rights Code, provincial policies, agreements with clinics and its own internal policies. LAO’s administration is also governed by a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Attorney General of Ontario and LAO.
The MOU between LAO and the Ministry of the Attorney General was revised April 2014.
Under the Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act, organizations that receive public funding from the Province of Ontario are required to disclose the names, positions, salaries and taxable benefits of employees who were paid a salary of $100,000 or more. This information is published annually on the Ontario Government website.
Copies of the quarterly expense reports for the LAO’s senior management, president and CEO and the Chair of the board of directors.
- Board chair and board members expense reports
- President and CEO and vice presidents expense reports
- Organizational expenses
Contracts made between LAO and various vendors, employees, and other organizations.
Details of service agreements made between LAO and other organizations.
Public proceedings of the Board
Agendas, minutes and other materials for the Legal Aid Ontario Board of Directors meetings
Board advisory committees
- Aboriginal issues advisory committee
- Clinic law advisory committee
- Criminal law advisory committee
- Family law advisory committee
- French language services advisory committee
- Immigration and refugee law advisory committee
- Mental health advisory committee
- Prison law advisory committee
- Racialized communities advisory committee
Legal Aid Ontario grants access to information requests according to the Legal Aid Services Act (LASA) and the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). LAO goes to great lengths to grant access to requesters while complying with its duties under FIPPA and LAO’s governing legislation.
- Status update on Deloitte and MNP reports recommendations
- Clinic Information Management System (CIMS)
- Community legal aid clinics
- Immigration and refugee
- Legal aid panels
- General and third‑party information requests