The Ministry of the Attorney General today announced $30 million over three years to improve delivery of Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) frontline client services, through Family Law Service Centres and community and legal clinics across the province. The government says the investment will enhance fairness and improve access to justice for low-income families and vulnerable Ontarians.
In its first year, 70 per cent of the new funding will expand LAO’s reach, including Family Law Service Centres. The ministry says this will make it possible for more low-income families to access legal advice, duty counsel and mediation services. The goal is to increase the capacity of community and legal clinics to meet clients’ needs.
Legal Aid Ontario is an arms-length government agency which provides low-income Ontarians with access to a range of legal services tailored to meet their legal needs. Every day, LAO provides almost 4,000 assists to disadvantaged people, including victims of domestic violence, parents seeking custody, access or child support, injured workers, refugees, and accused persons.
LAO funds 77 non-profit community legal clinics throughout the province to provide information, legal advice, and representation to people who are eligible to receive services, and Family Law Service Centres offering a range of support for family matters. Funding for clinic law services has increased from $59.8 million to $73.9 million since 2009.
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