Posted on: July 18 /07
The Ministry of the Attorney General today announced a 5 per cent increase to the tariff paid to private lawyers who provide services for low-income individuals living in Ontario. The new tariff rate will increase to $96.95 an hour for a lawyer with ten or more years of experience.
"The increase in the tariff rate is welcome news to Legal Aid Ontario and the nearly 4000 private bar lawyers across the province who provide legal services for low-income people in Ontario," says John McCamus, Chair of Legal Aid Ontario. "The new rate will help to ensure that qualified legal aid lawyers are available to assist some of Ontario's most vulnerable individuals, including those experiencing family breakdown or domestic violence, when they need help."
The tariff increase will cost $20.35 million over three years and includes $780,000 to increase the articling student tariff rate paid to lawyers who hire articling students. The new rate will encourage more lawyers and small firms to offer articling opportunities and a new generation of lawyers to join firms or established practices that include a legal aid component.
The tariff increase is part of the $51 million over three years in new funding for Legal Aid Ontario announced by the Provincial Government in the spring Budget and will apply to certificates issued on or after April 1 2007 and duty counsel services rendered on or after April 1 2007.
|Level||New Rate||Old Rate|
|Tier 1 (less than 4 years experience)||$77.56||$73.87|
|Tier 2 (4 to 9 years experience)||$87.26||$83.10|
|Tier 3 (10 or more years experience)||$96.95||$92.34|
|Lawyers in remote northern areas will continue to receive 10% Northern Incentive Fee.|
Legal Aid Ontario is an independent government funded agency established to administer a cost-effective and efficient system of providing high quality legal services for low-income Ontarians. Legal aid services are provided throughout Ontario by a network of 51 area offices and 79 community and specialized legal clinics. As well, duty counsel services are available in every courthouse in Ontario including 31 remote fly in locations.