Ontario Providing Improved Access to Legal Services
Province to Increase Legal Aid Eligibility Threshold on April 1, 2017
Ontario is providing more people with affordable access to legal services by increasing the financial eligibility threshold for legal aid by another six per cent.
Effective April 1, 2017, about 140,000 more people will be eligible to receive the legal services they need, regardless of their ability to pay. This has been made possible by the province’s investments in Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) to increase access to legal aid services for low-income and vulnerable people provincewide.
This is part of Ontario’s 2014 commitment to expand access to legal aid services provided by LAO to an additional one million Ontarians in ten years. With more than 500,000 additional people who will be eligible for legal aid, Ontario is now more than half-way to this goal.
Improving access to justice is part of the government’s plan to keep communities safe and help people in their everyday lives.
” Ontario has increased LAO’s funding by $153 million over the past four years in order to increase legal aid services for low-income and vulnerable people across the province. Our plan is focused on putting affordable legal expertise within reach of more low-income people to help level the playing field and increase access to justice. I am pleased that by continuing to increase LAO’s eligibility threshold, 500,000 more people will be eligible for the legal aid services they need.”
– Yasir Naqvi
” Everyone in Ontario deserves access to justice and now more low-income Ontarians are eligible for legal aid, thanks to the expansion of financial eligibility thresholds. On behalf of Legal Aid Ontario, I want to thank the provincial government for its commitment to make justice more accessible to those who need it.”
– John McCamus
Chair of Legal Aid Ontario