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LAO releases Open Government discussion paper

Published April 14, 2016

LAO is releasing the discussion paper, Open Government at Legal Aid Ontario: promoting transparency and accountability in Ontario’s justice system. “The justice system is generally perceived as lagging behind other public services in the dissemination, gathering, sharing and analysis of information and data,” says David Field, president and CEO of Legal Aid Ontario. “For LAO…

LAO’s paralegals provide full range of practice in criminal courts

Published April 4, 2016

Legal Aid Ontario has created permanent roles for five paralegals in four criminal courthouses in Hamilton, Ottawa, London and Brampton, based on results from Phase 1 of LAO’s paralegal pilot. “We are thrilled about the study’s results,” says David McKillop, LAO’s Vice President, Policy, Research & External Relations. “They show that with the proper support…

Legal aid eligibility threshold increases another six per cent

Published April 1, 2016

As of April 1, 2016, 385,310 more people will be eligible for legal aid services. As a result of these increases, 1.4 million people are now eligible for legal aid, up from 1 million prior to the increase. More people can now qualify for Legal Aid Ontario’s (LAO) services because of another six per cent…

Congratulations to first J. Shirley Denison recipient Jenny Quan

Published March 23, 2016

Click here to download image. Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) congratulates Metro Toronto Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic’s (MTCSAL) Jenny Quan for receiving the inaugural J. Shirley Denison Award. For 28 years, Jenny has worked as a community legal worker, helping thousands of clients-many of whom are disadvantaged and suffer from mental illness and trauma. “Although…

The government charges application fees for refugee matters

Published March 22, 2016

Even if you are a refugee claimant eligible for legal aid and even if you have a legal aid certificate, you still have to pay Citizenship and Immigration Canada application and filing fees for your refugee and immigration matters. For instance, refugee claimants have to pay filing fees: to apply for permanent residency on the…

Legal Aid Ontario invests $3.3 million in 54 provincial legal aid clinics

Published March 15, 2016

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is investing $3.3 million in funding to expand client services by addressing the unmet needs of low-income Ontarians and vulnerable or specific client groups. The money will go to 54 legal aid clinics to support collaborations between and among clinics and community organizations. This $3.3 million investment comes from $10 million…

LAO outlines its strategy to help mental health clients

Published March 11, 2016

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) released its Mental Health Strategy today, outlining new programs and services to better help clients with mental health or addiction issues. “Thanks to the efforts of Legal Aid Ontario, more Ontarians who suffer from mental illness will now have a voice in our legal system.” – Madeleine Meilleur, Attorney General of…

Congratulations to Yolande Edwards for receiving the Lincoln Alexander ’53 Award

Published February 26, 2016

Click here to download image. On Wednesday, Feb. 24, Yolande Edwards, LAO’s manager at the Scarborough Criminal Duty Counsel Office, was presented with the Honourable Lincoln Alexander ’53 Award from the Black Law Students’ Association at York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School. “Working at LAO has given me an opportunity to do what I love:…

Toronto North District office grand opening

Published February 17, 2016

Need help from Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) and live in Etobicoke, North York or Scarborough? We’re officially opening the doors to our new Toronto North district office in North York and you’re invited to drop by and meet our staff. Event details Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 Time: 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Location: 45 Sheppard Ave….

Paralegal Louise Desjardins thrived in LAO’s paralegal study

Published February 10, 2016

LAO’s paralegal study LAO’s paralegal study, running from 2014 to 2016 in Ottawa, London, Brampton and Hamilton courthouses, will examine how inter-professional legal teams of lawyers, paralegals and legal aid workers can provide clients with better access to justice in a cost-effective manner. Paralegals are licensed by the Law Society of Upper Canada, the same…


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