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New legislation for Legal Aid Ontario

Published December 9, 2019

Legal Aid Ontario welcomes the provincial government’s announcement of a new Legal Aid Services Act, a bill that, if passed, would establish a new framework in which we deliver legal aid services. The proposed changes to the act would ensure continuity and Legal…

Legal Aid Ontario to restore immigration and refugee services

Published August 16, 2019

Further to the federal government’s August 12, 2019 announcement of $25.7 million in one‑time funding for immigration and refugee services, Legal Aid Ontario is fully restoring services in these areas for the remainder of the fiscal year. Beginning August 16, 2019,…

Details on Legal Aid Ontario’s financial eligibility increase for 2019

Published March 20, 2019

On April 1, 2019, Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is raising the eligibility threshold by six per cent for its certificate program and for clinic law services. LAO implemented the first of multiple six per cent increases on Nov. 1, 2014. Certificate program…

2018 Sidney B. Linden award goes to Mary Birdsell

Published March 4, 2019

This year’s recipient of the Sidney B. Linden Award is given Mary Birdsell in honor of a 22‑year career developing innovative ways for young people to find access to justice. Ms. Birdsell is the executive director of Justice for Children and Youth (JFCY), a legal aid…

Canada Post update: continuing backlogs in mail delivery

Published November 29, 2018

Canada Post is working to process backlogs across the country and has advised that mail delivery delays will continue over the next few months. Legal Aid Ontario will continue to use alternatives to Canada Post services where possible. Alternatives to Canada Post service…

Interim changes to LAO refugee and immigration services

Published April 15, 2019

Following the province’s April 11th instruction to Legal Aid Ontario to use only federal funding for refugee and immigration services, LAO may only use an estimated $13 to $16.5 million in current federal funds for new services this current fiscal year. LAO is…

Black Legal Action Centre opens

Published March 18, 2019

People who are low‑income, identify as Black or African Canadian, and have a legal issue that has to do with anti‑Black racism can now contact the Black Legal Action Centre for legal aid services. Phone: 416‑597‑5831 or…

Legal Aid Ontario releases new five-year strategic plan

Published January 16, 2019

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) reaffirms its commitment to meeting clients’ needs in its new five‑year strategic plan. “The needs of the client are paramount, and this sentiment was echoed by all, both inside and outside the organization,” says David Field,…

Legal Aid Ontario in Ottawa has moved!

Published November 23, 2018

Starting Monday, November 26 2018, our new address is: 275 Slater Street Suite 1101 Ottawa K1P 5H9 For more information, please contact: Ottawa Legal Aid Office at 613‑238‑7931 Integrated Legal Services Office at 613‑569‑7448


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