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.

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20 leading access to justice organizations receive core funding through new Catalyst program

Catalyst is The Law Foundation of Ontario's new program that offers a three-year cycle of core funding to nonprofits that show they are working to advance access to justice in Ontario.

November 08, 2018

Training trusted intermediaries creates a ripple effect of good information in the community

The [Dis]placement Project, funded by the Law Foundation of Ontario, provided training on housing law to people who support new Canadians in Hamilton.

October 24, 2018

Justice fellowships to research the potential effects of smart cities and how to support the role of community-based justice partners

The Fellowships have been awarded to Julie Mathews and Jean-Noé Landry. Congratulations to Julie, CLEO's Executive Director, on this exciting opportunity!

September 10, 2018

Call for applications: Technology and empirical research are the focus of two new granting opportunities

The Law Foundation of Ontario has launched calls for applications for two new granting opportunities. 

September 05, 2018

Two new granting opportunities from The Law Foundation of Ontario

Both calls are for one-time project funding and both are open to nonprofit organizations that work to improve access to justice for the people of Ontario.

August 08, 2018

The Law Foundation of Ontario invites nonprofit organizations to apply for a Connecting rural regions grant

The purpose of the granting is to support community organizations to improve the delivery of legal information, referrals, and support to residents of a rural area.

August 02, 2018
July 05, 2018

New research explores the role of community workers who help people with legal problems

New research commissioned by the LFO has examined the role of frontline workers, also called 'trusted intermediaries', across the province, in providing legal information and help.

May 24, 2018

Law Foundation of Ontario's Responsive Grants Program

The Responsive Grants Program enables The Law Foundation of Ontario to fund ideas generated by nonprofit community groups to improve access to justice. 

January 11, 2018

Supporting community workers to help people with legal problems

If you are a community worker who helps people with legal problems, you're invited to complete this survey that will inform a research project being conducted for the Law Foundation of Ontario.

July 04, 2017

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

November 22, 2013
May 31, 2013