Supervised paralegals are being deployed to assist with a pilot project for refugee claimants, in Toronto.
The Rexdale Community Legal Clinic will provide legal aid services to refugees who do not have their own lawyers. This is part of a one-year Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) pilot agreement that will also see French-language services at Le Centre Francophone de Toronto.
LAO says the community-based innovation is a milestone in LAO’s efforts to diversify its refugee services model. It supports community-based client legal services to deliver cost-effective, efficient, quality legal representation.
Le Centre Francophone de Toronto provides health, employment, settlement, mental health and cultural services for French-speaking refugee claimants.
Rexdale Community Legal Clinic is part of the Rexdale Community Hub. It will provide supervised licensed paralegal services for refugee claimants living within its catchment area, which comprises the M9W, M9V, M9R, and M9P postal code areas.
LAO clients at the clinics can get legal help with Basis of Claim (BoC) forms that are filed with the Refugee Protection Division (RPD) of the Immigration and Refugee Board, and assistance with preparation for and representation at hearings of the RPD until a decision is made.
More information is available from LAO.