News from The Law Foundation of Ontario

The Law Foundation of Ontario (LFO) is a non-profit corporation established by provincial statute in 1974.  It has a unique mandate to help more people understand the law and use it to improve their lives. 

Enhanced access to justice, particularly for disadvantaged groups, is an underlying objective of all of the LFO’s work.  It makes carefully selected grants and provides other support to groups with relevant mandates, supports excellence on the part of legal professionals, and promotes the pursuit of careers in public interest law.

The LFO is primarily funded by the interest from the mixed trust accounts into which Ontario lawyers and paralegals deposit funds they hold in trust for clients.  By law, 75% of the net interest from mixed trust accounts goes automatically to Legal Aid Ontario (LAO), which is the provincial government agency that provides legal assistance to low-income Ontarians.

The LFO also administers the Class Proceedings Fund, established with an LFO endowment in 1993 to support pursuit of class actions in the public interest; and operates the Access to Justice Fund, established in late 2009 with proceeds from a class action and launched in 2010 to improve specific aspects of access to justice across Canada. 

Further information on all of these initiatives, including application procedures, is available on the LFO web site.

More information

Family Law Access to Justice Fund call

The Law Foundation of Ontario invites applications from nonprofit organizations across Canada to the Access to Justice Fund (ATJF) in the area of family law, including child protection.

Posted:
May 03, 2017

New funding available for 'breakthrough' family law ideas that advance access to justice

The Law Foundation of Ontario has opened a new call for applications today to fund innovative legal projects in the area of family law through its national Access to Justice Fund.

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April 19, 2017

Call for applications now open - Community Leadership in Justice Fellowship

The fellowship gives nonprofit leaders the unique opportunity to further their careers and their causes through a paid fellowship.

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February 07, 2017

Funding available for legal projects that foster innovation, address emerging needs

The Law Foundation of Ontario is pleased to announce that the call for applications for our Responsive Grants program is now open.

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January 30, 2017

Community Leadership in Justice Fellowships Call for Applications, 2016/2017 or 2017/18 Academic Terms

The Law Foundation of Ontario invites applications for its Community Leadership in Justice Fellowships for the 2016/2017 or 2017/2018 academic terms.

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February 03, 2016

Call for Applications - Grants available through Access to Justice Fund

The LFO invites applications from non-profits in Canada to the Access to Justice Fund (ATJF) for projects in these areas: children and youth, consumers, PLE, racialized groups, and refugees.

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January 29, 2016

Grant bolsters free legal help to resettle Syrian refugees

The Law Foundation of Ontario has made a grant of nearly $90,000 to support free legal help that will assist the arrival of Syrian refugees in the Toronto area.

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January 12, 2016

Julie Mathews to receive the 2015 Guthrie Award

The Law Foundation of Ontario has announced that Julie Mathews will receive the 2015 Guthrie award, which acknowledges contributions to access to justice and excellence in the legal profession.

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November 10, 2015

In Support of Diversity: A Profile of LFO Grants Whose Unique Work Responds to the Needs of Our Diverse Society

The Law Foundation of Ontario profiles three grant projects that illustrate some less frequently recognized aspects of diversity as it relates to law and the legal profession.

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November 22, 2013
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May 31, 2013

UWindsor study highlights plight of self‐represented litigants: Many report humiliation and red‐tape

Individuals who represent themselves in court find the process far more complex and overwhelming than they ever imagined, says a new report by the National Self‐Represented Litigants (SRL) Project.

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May 08, 2013

Law fellowship to focus on Charter rights and homelessness

Tracy Heffernan of the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario has been awarded a Community Leadership in Justice Fellowship by the Law Foundation of Ontario.

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September 04, 2012

Legal Profession to Honour Access-to-Justice Advocate

Date March 29, 2012
Time 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Where Hart House Gallery Grill, University of Toronto
Contact Jennifer Torrens
Phone 416-598-1550 x 319 to register to attend

The Law Foundation of Ontario will present a Guthrie Award to Judith McCormack of the University of Toronto's Faculty of Law today.

Posted:
March 29, 2012

Community Leadership in Justice Fellowships

The Law Foundation of Ontario (LFO) invites applications for its Community Leadership in Justice Fellowships for 2012/13. The deadline is May 4, 2012.

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March 28, 2012

Legal award recognizes access to justice contributions

The Law Foundation of Ontario (LFO) is pleased to announce the selection of Judith McCormack of the University of Toronto's Faculty of Law as recipient of its 2011 Guthrie Award.  This award recognizes outstanding public service on the part of an individual or organization, in the form of contributions to access to justice or excellence within the legal profession.

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January 19, 2012

Public interest articling opportunities confirmed for 2013/14

The Law Foundation of Ontario (LFO) has announced the host organizations at which it will fund Public Interest Articling Fellowships (PIAF) for the 2013/14 term.

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January 19, 2012

Law Foundation of Ontario invites applications for Legal Intepretation funding

The Law Foundation of Ontario is inviting applications for funding for a project that will improve the quality and effectiveness of language interpretation in community legal settings.

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December 14, 2011

Public Interest Articling Fellowship Program

The Law Foundation of Ontario invites applications from potential host organizations for its Public Interest Articling Fellowship Program for the 2013-14 articling period.

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September 26, 2011

Law fellowships to focus on disability and access to justice

The Law Foundation of Ontario has awarded two new Community Leadership in Justice Fellowships, to Sheila Burns and to Marian MacGregor. Both of these collaborative projects will address access to justice and legal rights on the part of people with disabilities.

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September 06, 2011

Law Foundation Invites Nominations for the 2011 Guthrie Award

The Law Foundation of Ontario is inviting nominations of candidates for the 2011 Guthrie Award, which is given to individuals or organizations that demonstrate outstanding public service, make significant contributions to access to justice, or symbolize excellence in the legal profession.

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April 04, 2011