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Infographic: Know your rights–Domestic abuse

Published July 23, 2018

Text by Josephine Li Design by Loulwa Elali In Canada, abuse is never tolerated. There are laws in Ontario that protect you against domestic abuse. What is domestic abuse? Physical Sexual Emotional Financial Domestic abuse happens between Spouses/partners Parent/caregiver and…

LAO issues fourth quarter report for 2017/18

Published July 3, 2018

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) has posted its fourth quarter report for 2017/18. The report provides an overview of its major initiatives and provides a snapshot look at the organization’s service levels and financial health. The fourth quarter report, which covers the period of…

Become an LAO advisor on complex criminal matters

Published April 5, 2018

If you’re an experienced criminal lawyer who’s interested in advising Legal Aid Ontario on cases that are either factually or legally complex, then we want to hear from you. We have an advisory committee made up of criminal lawyers who: review written materials…

LAO starts to collect race-based data

Published March 26, 2018

Starting April 1, 2018, when someone applies for legal aid, we’ll be asking them about their race because this helps Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) to improve how we deliver services and to create the types of programs that certain racialized groups need. What do we mean…

Longer than usual wait times for LAO’s call centre

Published March 14, 2018

Recently, people calling Legal Aid Ontario have been waiting longer than usual to get a hold of someone to either discuss their file or to apply for legal aid. We are aware of this and we apologize. Over the next several months, we will be working on the staffing issue, which has…

Earl Eaton Award of Distinction goes to LAO’s Lynn Bradley

Published July 6, 2018

“Your openness, collaboration and dedication are a model to LAO employees and reflect positively on the organization.” David Field, LAO president and CEO Congratulations to Lynn Bradley, LAO Supervisory Duty Counsel at L’Orignal Court, east of Ottawa….

Legal Aid Ontario to fund Canadian Association of Black Lawyers

Published April 27, 2018

Legal Aid Ontario has agreed to fund the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers (CABL) to engage in law reform work that benefits Ontario’s Black communities. This agreement is part of LAO’s commitment to ensure that there will be no reduction in clinic law services to…

Helping legal aid clinics do more for low-income Ontarians

Published April 3, 2018

Thanks to an investment from the province of Ontario to ensure that more low‑income Ontarians can obtain legal services, community legal clinics and student legal aid services societies throughout the province will receive an additional $7.3 million in funding in…

Details on Legal Aid Ontario’s financial eligibility increase for 2018

Published March 20, 2018

On April 1, 2018, Legal Aid Ontario 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 The certificate program provides…

Provide your feedback: LAO’s Executive Compensation Framework

Published March 13, 2018

As a requirement under the Broader Public Sector Executive Compensation Act, 2014 (BPSEC), Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is developing an Executive Compensation Framework. The BPSEC establishes requirements that designated public sector employers must meet when setting executive…


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