University-based legal aid services get funding boost from Legal Aid Ontario

September 4, 2014

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) has committed more than $2 M over 3 years to fund family law services at university-based legal clinics for low-income Ontarians. The University of Toronto, York University, Queen’s University, Western University, the University of Windsor, and the University of Ottawa will all benefit from the funding. These clinics allow law students to work under the supervision of lawyers to provide legal advice and representation in several areas, including minor crimes, tenant and landlord disputes, immigration, tribunals, and now family law services. “Family law is one of the greatest areas of need when it comes to accessing justice,” says John McCamus, Chair of LAO. “We believe that law students can help to bridge the growing gaps in legal services—and we are pleased to support these student-run legal clinics to ensure that this happens.” LAO News Release