News from Legal Aid Ontario - Aide juridique Ontario

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) - Aide juridique Ontario (AJO) is an independent, publicly funded, and publicly accountable non-profit corporation that administers the province's legal aid program.

Legal Aid Ontario's mandate in the Legal Aid Services Act, 1998 is to "promote access to justice throughout Ontario for low-income individuals by means of providing consistently high quality legal aid services in a cost-effective and efficient manner."

For more information on LAO Services see Services Map > Services by Type > Legal Aid Ontario Services

LAO services, such as helping people to obtain or maintain social assistance benefits - are delivered through a network of a number of independent, community-based legal aid clinics, funded by LAO.

LAO also runs a certificate program through its network of legal aid area offices. Here LAO issues certificates, which low-income people use to retain a private lawyer to represent them in proceedings before the criminal or family courts, certain administrative tribunals or immigration/refugee boards. The certificate is the private lawyer's guarantee of payment from LAO, subject to the rates and limitations set out in the legal aid tariff.

LAO also provide duty counsel services - performed by staff and private-sector lawyers - for people who arrive in criminal, family or youth courts without a lawyer.

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How are women with disabilities affected by violence that is different from other women?

Family Service Toronto is developing training to help lawyers be more trauma-informed when working with women who have been abused including the experience of women with disabilities.

December 04, 2017

Racialized Communities Strategy consultation 2017: Meeting dates

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) will hold in-person and online meetings between October and December. Anyone who is interested in attending is welcome to register.

November 08, 2017

Offering services where they're most needed: working within the community

Part of what access to justice means is making legal services better available to people where they can get to them.

October 25, 2017

Racialized Communities Strategy consultation 2017

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is holding meetings to talk to people from racialized communities and their advocates and service providers regarding issues they face seeking legal services.

October 11, 2017

September 27: Legal Aid Ontario hosts community meeting about legal services for Ontario's Black communities

When: Wednesday September 27, 2017, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St, Toronto, ON

LAO wants to hear your views in order to begin the important work of setting up a new, independent, Black-focused and Black-led clinic.

September 13, 2017

Development of a Racialized Communities Strategy Consultation Paper

LAO's consultation paper serves as a starting point for discussions about how to enhance legal aid services for racialized communities.

July 19, 2017

All LAO immigration and refugee services will continue after July 1, 2017

As a result of intensive stakeholder consultations and ongoing discussions with government, LAO has decided to continue immigration and refugee services at the current level at this time.

June 27, 2017

Legal Aid Ontario offers funding to Ottawa community organization to support Black youth

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is providing $100,000 of funding to a project headed by an Ottawa-based organization to provide services to Black students facing suspension or expulsion hearings.

June 22, 2017

March 27: Confronting Race and Racism in the Criminal Justice System

When: Monday, March 27, 2017, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. ET

Where: St. Michael's College School, 81A St. Mary Street, Brennan Hall, The Coop, Toronto, ON M5S 1J4

The Rights Advocacy Coalition for Equality (R.A.C.E.) and Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) invite you to our free educational event: Confronting Race and Racism in the Criminal Justice System.

February 24, 2017

Ryan Peck, head of HALCO, wins 2016 Sidney B. Linden Award

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) will honour Mr. Peck at a ceremony in Toronto's Osgoode Hall this February.

January 10, 2017

LAO funding to help Black students in conflict with education system

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is offering two grants of $100,000 each to help address suspensions and expulsions of Black youth in Ontario.

October 24, 2016

Creating a holistic approach to client service – one clinic's story

The Community Legal Clinic—Brant, Haldimand, Norfolk, has been using the Legal Health Check-Up (LHC) to help clients with unrecognized legal problems since participating in the tool's pilot project.

August 29, 2016

Legal Aid Ontario is proud to offer test cases among the services it offers

Test cases are important cases that possibly set a precedent in law. LAO takes on such cases because they can address system-wide issues that affect large numbers of low-income and vulnerable people. Test cases are a practical and realistic way to bring province-wide issues before the courts that would not otherwise happen.

August 05, 2016

Creating a holistic approach to client service – one clinic’s story

The Community Legal Clinic—Brant, Haldimand, Norfolk, has been using the Legal Health Check-Up (LHC) to help clients with unrecognized legal problems since participating in the tool’s pilot project.

August 03, 2016

Legal Aid Ontario developing strategy for racialized communities

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is developing a strategy to identify the legal needs and to protect the legal rights of racialized communities in the justice system.

June 14, 2016

Legal Health Check-Up draws international attention at OECD expert roundtable

The Halton Legal Health Check-Up demonstrates what communities can do to address the gap between legal aid resources and the extent and depth of legal need.

April 19, 2016

Eight factors that contribute to delays in Canada's criminal justice system

This is a summary of Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) CEO David Field's recent contribution to the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs. 

April 04, 2016

Legal aid eligibility threshold increases another six per cent

Thanks to investment by the Province into legal aid, LAO is able to expand access to its services in areas such as family, immigration, refugee, mental health, criminal, and poverty law.

April 01, 2016

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

The money will go to 54 legal aid clinics to support collaborations between and among clinics and community organizations.

March 15, 2016

LAO outlines its strategy to help mental health clients

Working with the justice and health care sectors, the Strategy will enable legal aid lawyers to approach the intersecting legal issues of mental health clients in a more coordinated fashion.

March 11, 2016